Gold Dredges

Gold dredges are placer gold getting machines that extracts gold from sand, gravel and dirt from under the water using methods to process the dirt and material into a sluice box for gold recovery.

Original gold dredges were very large and expensive to build. The larger dredges used buckets to move material from the bottom of the waterway and empties into a sluice system that water was being pumped through. In the Summer of 2009 I took this picture of a bucket line dredge, or what is left of it: (click on the picture for a closer look)

 

bucket line gold dredge

An old bucket line gold dredge near the Cripple River Nome, Alaska

Sumpter bucket gold dredge

Probably the most famous bucket gold dredge. Sumpter, Oregon.

Smaller suction machines are currently marketed as “gold dredges” to consumers known as prospectors or small scale gold miners who want to try their luck at finding some yellow gold. Gold Dredging is one of the most effective ways of gold recovery, while improving fish habitat by creating deeper and cooler holes for the fish and creating new spawning areas in heavily competitive spawning grounds.

Gold dredging is environmentally friendly, fun and you can make money at it.

Gold mining equipment is very hard to find and acquire during the peak mining period mainly the summer months, so it is advised to buy your equipment as soon as possible if you are serious about it.

 

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