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Mark - Thanks so much for that information. I hope to go to Longs and the Slab on New Years Eve. Best to you! Warren
- Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 20:22:12 (EST)
Warren: There are Google links to both the slab and Long's on the home page. I hope this helps.
Mark Gaither
- Friday, December 29, 2006 at 13:53:05 (EST)
Hello new friends. Could some one give me simple directions from Austin to both Long's Fish and Dig and the Slab? I know there's a map here to Longs but I'm having trouble orienting it. I've also seen where the Slab is located below but couldn't find those County Roads on my map. Drove up last weekend (in the rain, go figure) and couldn't find either. Any help greatly appreciated! BTW - I did talk to Mr. Long and he is open year round. Only his pasture (for digging arrowheads) is closed during Deer Season.
- Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 12:33:05 (EST)
Just read about Todd and his family losing everything. I am so sorry to hear that. If there is anything you still need I will be getting a gift card to send you. Just need to know where to send it. Let me know the address Todd. Email me at Glad no one in the family was hurt. Looking forward to our next outing. Be watching for when it is announced. Hope you all have excellent holidays. May you always fil your pans with gold. Rany Asterman
Hi Y'all
- Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 09:19:15 (EST)
Hello I would like to sell my L.D.M.A. lifetime membership as I'm not able to use it anymore. I will sell it for $2500 or obo. The price of a new membership is $3750. My email is Phone: (253) 531-1994 Please pass this info on to anyone who might be interested. Thanks, Harold Krogness
- Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 17:35:20 (EST)
Merry Christmas to everyone and may God bless you all.
Tommy Groves
- Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 22:15:16 (EST)
Wishing all a safe and Merry Christmas!
- Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 20:10:41 (EST)
As some of you know Katrina and I went to the Crater Of Diamonds this past Saturday. It had rained Monday and drizzled all day Friday, so it was muddy. The weather man had said temps in the 70`s and sunshine. Well, as usual he didn`t know what he was talking about. So, I went there with nothing more than tennis shoes. Lets just say we both got pretty dirty. When it`s muddy you have to screen ALL of your material in a big wash tub thingy(Don`t remember the correct term). Anyway, I had to shovel mud into a bucket and carry it through the mud to the wash bay. Not fun. I thought this was going to be easier than Gold Prospecting. Boy was I ever wrong. We didn`t find any large stones. I have some screened cons I have to lay out and dry to see if there is any small stones in it. The surface soil did dry a little towards the end of the day so I was able to screen some of that which was a hundred times easier. I`ll let you all know if I find any. All in all it was a pretty neat place. Very strange though that the dirt was green. Thought about bringing some back to use as face paint while hunting. John, all they allow you to bring out is two handfulls of unworked material, so I didn`t bring you any back. The weird thing is that they will let you bring back a full bucket of washed material per person. We both had a great time and learned some new things.
Tommy Groves
- Monday, December 18, 2006 at 18:02:56 (EST)
I think this is the size breakdown of classsifer screen (mesh) sizes : 1/2 inch about 4 holes per square inch 1/4 inch about 16 holes per square inch 1/8 inch about 64 holes per square inch 1/12 inch about 144 holes per square inch 1/20 inch about 400 holes per square inch
- - Grif
- Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 11:08:51 (EST)
I use an 1/8 or 1/12 inch size classifier (aka "8" or "12"). I've used a 1/4 before, but chances of gold that size is rare and I elect to go smaller (8,12,20...)and run less water, my bucket doesn't fill up as fast. I'll post mesh sizes next. Good luck!
- - Grif
- Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 11:05:57 (EST)
Phil, I would recommend sub 1/4". I've run my DFS copy with sub 1/2" and it appeared to work o.k.
- Monday, December 11, 2006 at 19:09:18 (EST)
Daniel & Grif - thanks for the sluice info! Grif - how fine should the classifier be before feeding the DFS? Finer than the coarse 1/2 in. that came with my Garrett pan kit I'm sure.
- Monday, December 11, 2006 at 15:52:49 (EST)
Phil, I can attest to the DFS sluice. I've owned one now for 2 years and I love it. It's a great thing to see and use when it is setup correctly. The material will peel back in layers and its fun to watch. If its NOT setup correctly in the stream, it's a great thing for OTHER prospectors because the TX fine gold will blow on out. Two tips: Low flow and classification.
- - Grif
- Monday, December 11, 2006 at 02:00:15 (EST)
Phil, your best bet is a DFS type sluice. The gold is pretty small...better recovery without the riffles. The only problem is the amount of black sand. You'll have to clean out the sluice often.
- Saturday, December 09, 2006 at 14:27:17 (EST)
Thanks for replies to my newbie questions! Another one... what type hand sluice is most appropriate for the type gold most likely found in the Llano? A "standard" hand sluice such as a Keene A51/A52 or JOBE Yellow Jacket Stream Sluice, or something that is designed specfically to trap fine gold like the Damn Fine Sluice?
- Saturday, December 09, 2006 at 10:43:40 (EST)
I have some bad news to relay. Todd Pickens' house burned down this week. Todd, Laural and their 2 sons have lost everything. Please consider helping them out with a gift card donation. I have posted Earl's email address on the home page if you want to make a donation. Losing everything is unimaginable. Please help them out.
Kevin Green
- Thursday, December 07, 2006 at 21:02:13 (EST)
If I can get out of there with a bucket of dirt I`ll bring it to you. But I get half of the money from the diamond. :)
Tommy Groves
- Wednesday, December 06, 2006 at 13:38:23 (EST)
Hey thanks for the offer Tommy, but that trip is alittle too far for me to make in 1-2 days....but I'd appreciate a sample bucket if you can swing it ;-) Have a safe and shiny trip!
-- Grif
- Wednesday, December 06, 2006 at 00:20:20 (EST)
Thanks for clearing that up, Daniel. I guess someone lied to me. Shame on them. Daniel, can you send me a e-mail so I can e-mail you back? John, Katrina and I may go to the Crater of Diamonds next weekend if the weather is nice. Hit me up if you wanna go.
Tommy Groves
- Tuesday, December 05, 2006 at 21:47:45 (EST)
Tip: Its still legal to hunt in the Llano River too, so leave your antler hats at home.
-- Grif
- Monday, December 04, 2006 at 21:24:51 (EST)
Tommy and Phil, Longs is open year round to prospecting, there are a some areas that are closed due to the hunters...but the river is still open.
- Monday, December 04, 2006 at 19:35:45 (EST)
Phil, I think Longs Camp is closed to prospectors at the moment. I believe it will open back up when Deer Season is over. Good Luck!
Tommy Groves
- Monday, December 04, 2006 at 17:21:09 (EST)
Phil, no permit is needed as those two areas are already under permits by others. Go out there and enjoy!
- Friday, December 01, 2006 at 19:09:50 (EST)
Hi - Just getting interested in prospecting. During reasearch on the web I came across the following on LCRA's site: Q: I would like to pan for gold in the Llano River. Do I need some type of permit to do this? A: You will need a permit from the Texas General Land Office. Call the GLO in Austin at (512) 463 5001. Is this correct - a GLO permit is needed to pan at "The Slab" or Long's?? Thanks
- Friday, December 01, 2006 at 15:48:52 (EST)
Dredge or a high banker no bigger than a 3"
- Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 00:28:52 (EST)
I'm going to Stanton AZ this year for the end of the year trip in December. Is anyone from the RR GPAA chapter attending?
Mark Gaither
- Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 20:48:13 (EST)
Chris, what are wanting to rent?
- Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 19:54:46 (EST)
Hey guys is there anywhere I could rent equipment.
- Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 20:00:21 (EST)
check it out! POP
- Friday, November 24, 2006 at 17:22:26 (EST)
Hey Gerry...glad to hear your modifications are working! If you think you were in someone tailings and found "grains", then it's picking up what other equipment blew out! Either way, it's a great day the minute you get out there, gold or no gold...good sampling techniques just help make it an outstanding day. Take care.
- Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 01:08:26 (EST)
Hi Mark, & anyone else who may be interested, After working thru my cons from the last outing I found so few grains I did not even bother to sniffer them up! I begean to suspect something was wrong wqhen I did not find any shotgun pellets in the 30 or 40 mesh screens. I had found a lot in the same place previously. The explanation I think is that someone else had worked the hole out before us. There were some tailings to be seen, which I thought were my own from some 4 months previously when I did some highbanking at the spot. The lesson here is "not to ignore the basics - sample before you waste an entire day worknig over the wrong place" !
Gerry Davison
- Friday, November 17, 2006 at 15:12:08 (EST)
Way to go Daniel. Congrats! Hey Mark, If I remember right, you can go 2,000 feet North of the bridge and all the way to the lake south of it.
Tommy Groves
- Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 18:46:24 (EST)
Thanks I expect to see you there next year. It was a ball panning, but you cannot imagine how nervous you get. Trying to get the gold into the vial was like trying to get a kid to do thir homework!
Daniel Klepac
- Wednesday, November 01, 2006 at 19:06:55 (EST)
I have a question about the Slab near Kingsland. How far from the bridge upstream and downstream can we prospect? Are there any claims near this area that we should avoid? Thanks in advance.
Mark Gaither
- Wednesday, November 01, 2006 at 12:39:27 (EST)
Way to go Daniel!!! The new State Panning Champ! See what happens when you're good at panning the TX-fine-stuff...the big stuff comes easy. Congrats Amigo.
- Wednesday, November 01, 2006 at 01:36:06 (EST)
Just wonderin' how Gerry did after he worked his cons at home from the October outing.
Mark Gaither
- Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 20:26:46 (EST)
hi tommy ! the oldtimers didn't get all of long's gold, i found a fair amount in the bedrock up the creek,see pictures on this message board . whitt459 humble, tx.
- Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 16:07:24 (EST)
See, you just tought me something else. Is there an edit option on this thing because I didn`t find any gold at the outing? You people are crazy to think there is any gold left. The old timers got it all. :)
Tommy Groves
- Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 23:49:20 (EDT)
Hey All, it was good seeing everyone again at the outing, wish I could of stayed longer. Tommy, thanks for the vote of confidence, but I think you're learning what I'm doing and doing just the opposite...that's why you're finding it! The next lesson is: "A miner that says he ain't finding any gold is probably finding it... whereas one that says he is finding it is probably lying". So get with the program cuz I saw the gold you found ;-) Take care everyone! Got truck, will prospect!
- Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 23:12:16 (EDT)
Diane & I really enjoyed the outing. I panned my concentrate and found 2 specks, probably more fine gold still in the concentrate. Not bad for my first time. Looking forward to the next outing.
Mark Johnson
- Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 19:04:33 (EDT)
Hi Everyone, If you want to read of an exciting trip, see the $49'ers newsletter on; scroll down to find the words "week long projects" in yellow and underlined. There is also a schedule of 2007 events. This outing seems to me to be a very good alternative to an Alaska trip. Anyone keen ? - lets discuss it.
Gerry Davison
- Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 12:51:59 (EDT)
Had a great time at the outing. Met some real nice folks. Potluck dinner was great. Over ate but enjoyed it. Looking forward to our next outing. Left Longs with a few dust mote specs of gold. Not skunked on this trip. May everyones pan be gold filled. Randy Asterman
Randy Asterman
- Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 01:25:35 (EDT)
I need some volunteers to assist me with demonstrating prospecting techniques to a local group. The date is Nov. 4th. If interested email me at Thanks!
Daniel Klepac
- Monday, October 16, 2006 at 20:32:52 (EDT)
Tommy, glad ya'll had a good time and we look foward to seeing you at the next outing!
Danie Klepac
- Monday, October 16, 2006 at 20:29:12 (EDT)
I wanted to thank everyone for the outing this past weekend. Katrina and I had a great time. The food and the company was great. As some of you know I`m creaping up on a years worth of prospecting experience, so I`m still pretty new to it. But, I did learn a few things during our make shift camp fire Saturday night. We just wanted to thank all of you for a wonderful time. I hope we can do it again soon. Oh, one more thing...I have to say that John "The Griff" has taught me almost everything I know about prospecting. But the funny thing about that is that it seems like I find more gold than he does. Guess that will teach you not to buy a truck on an outing weekend again. LOL... Anyway, thanks again and hope to see all of you soon.
Tommy Groves
- Monday, October 16, 2006 at 17:53:11 (EDT)
Hi Daniel, I would like an opportunity to work with Earl. Please let him know. GerryD
Gerry Davison
- Friday, October 13, 2006 at 16:34:43 (EDT)
Hello all! Earl Theiss with the Llano Chapter is needing someone to help with his dredge at our outing. If your interested, please let me know.
Daniel Klepac
- Sunday, October 08, 2006 at 10:57:58 (EDT)
I jumped the gun a bit. How about the weekend after next?
Tommy Groves
- Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 21:22:34 (EDT)
Who all is coming to the outing this coming weekend? I was going to hang around here and do a little deer hunting, but its still to hot. Went out yesterday evening and didnt see a thing. Plus the gold fever is a little more powerful than hunting right now. If things go as planned Katrina, myself and the Eureka Gold will be there Friday and Saturday. Hope to see you all there!
Tommy Groves
- Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 15:36:20 (EDT)
Malcom usually charges $5 for non prospectors wanting to just visit. I have a link on the home page that says "Map to Malcom's". I will change it to read "Map to Malcom Long's Fish and Digs". His phone number is on the picture. It's easy to find his place.
Kevin Green
- Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 23:09:49 (EDT)
Phil, I don`t know if he will charge to visit or not. The best thing to do is call Malcom and ask him.
Tommy Groves
- Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 13:26:55 (EDT)
October outing. Read the info on the events page that thre is a charge for prospectors and helpers.... Is there also a charge for folks who just want to come and visit for awhile? Is there a map to get to Longs? Thanks! Phil
- Monday, September 25, 2006 at 00:05:02 (EDT)
Yes Tommy, October outing! Use your refresh button on your browser to get the latest updates. See ya at Malcom's.
Kevin Green
- Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 00:06:32 (EDT)
Here is a video posted on the GPAA Forum by Leonard Leaper. It is part one of two. Thought some of you might enjoy it. Shot at Douglas Creek. 24 minutes - 249 meg
Tommy Groves
- Friday, September 22, 2006 at 22:10:19 (EDT)
October Outing?
Tommy Groves
- Friday, September 22, 2006 at 10:32:01 (EDT)
Hey Randy....You're gettin' everyone fired up with that post!!! Send me some pictures of your new gold. Hope you can make it to the October outing.
Kevin Green
- Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 12:18:26 (EDT)
Hi all my fellow members of GPAA and Round Rock chapter. Went to Malcolm's as I had planned and had the place almost entirely to myself. Worked gathering rocks and material to bring home. Did some panning while there and got lots of good black sand. Found 2 specs of gold while panning. Been home a couple of days now and have panned out some more material. Got about a penny weight of fine flour gold so far. Looks like this trip is going to turn out as a real good gold producer. Haven't gotten into grinding up the rocks from the trip yet. Only been washing them and panning out the loose material. Be real interesting to see what the rocks produce. Hoping to make another trip to Malcolm's before the end of the year. It is beginning to look like the spots to find gold are being located there. Should make for better outings and more gold found by everyone. Was wondering if there will be an October meeting. Want to bring along the gold I find from this trip and some ground up rock for some of you fellow prospectors to pan out. Welcome to all you new folks that are just getting started. May you find the gold to satify that "Fever" and fill your pans. Randy Asterman "Rockbreaker"
Randy Asterman
- Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at 21:15:12 (EDT)
hi mark; i'm from humble also,send me an e-mail ( maybe we can get together for a hunt sometime. bill whittlesey
- Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 17:58:05 (EDT)
Hello Mark! Your wife is more than welcome to come. Look foward to meeting you!
- Monday, September 11, 2006 at 20:27:31 (EDT)
howdy my name is mark m.from humble texas.northhouston.I,m a gpaa member sence june.Ive been looking to join and learn, lots of learnin,how to look for other members in or around my area.I was wondering if I can bring the wife also with me to your chapter in round rock?thanks for the help mark m.humble,tx
- Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 22:23:10 (EDT)
Hi Paul, welcome to the "illness" we all share...Gold fever, and we welcome you to the club! Texas does have small quantities of gold in and around the Llano and Presidio counties (central and far west TX respectively). I never like to rule out other places in TX, but towards Houston, I've only heard tell that Bastrop may have some very small quantities. Best advice? Come to one of our meetings and/or group outings (details on home page), join the GPAA, and practice panning! Where to go can be complicated, but information can be found about that below. I'm no expert (yet) so others, please chime in. Hope to prospect with you soon!
John "The Grif"
- Sunday, August 20, 2006 at 00:49:20 (EDT)
Looking at joining both the GPAA and RR Chapter. Several of my friends and I get a kick out of watching the shows on the Outdoor Channel, and we've become obsessed with finding gold in Texas (just strikes us as pretty cool). Are there mining locations near Round Rock or do you guys travel long distances? None of us have any experience at this, it just looks like a fun, different thing to do, and we'd kinda like to know what we're getting into. Are there any claims closer to Houston? Is anything required other than a shovel and a pan? Complete newbies here..... Any info/help would be appreciated.
- Friday, August 18, 2006 at 21:01:48 (EDT)
Hi I have joined the llano chapter, and was wondering if anyone here has ever used the Bazooka dredge I am told it picks up fine gold better than a keene (for many reasons) and am considering buying one but am still not sure, so has anyone here ever heard of one or used one?
Albert Patty
- Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 15:37:17 (EDT)
Sorry bout that Jerry... For some reason I thought the forum linked posts and addy's. Email me at and I'll send you my addy off-forum. Phil
- Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 12:19:54 (EDT)
thanks Phil for the info. some pieces broke some just bent. will send some flakes to anyone who can help. Phil you said email you for addy in Waco, but there was no email addy to send to. Jerry
- Wednesday, August 09, 2006 at 15:06:00 (EDT)
Jerry, Take a piece and put it ona hard surface. put the tip of your pocket knife on it and push hard. If it breaks, it's pyrite. If it didn't break, take a hammer and lightly tap on it a few times. Does it break or flatten out, get larger and thinner? Then it's metallic and a good chance you have gold. Failing that, you can always send a piece or two thru the mail to someone expereinced who can tell you if it's gold or not, or you can take it to a club meeting, or if you don't want to reply on strangers you can ue the GPAA's free visual assay available to members. Just send your sample to them, they'll do an visual assay only, no chemical or fire assays, and let you know. If I can help email me for my addy and I'd be happy to tell you gold or not. Phil hope this helps.
- Tuesday, August 08, 2006 at 12:56:06 (EDT)
Am a very new member to the GPAA...I don't really know anything about prospecting except what I have read and watched on the outdoor channel. I found some crushed granite the other day, saw alot of color, but figured it was fools gold but took samples anyway, thinking that if it was fools gold, I could practice...well now I'm not too sure if its fools gold. Can anyone tell me some home tests that will remove all doubt? I have performed a float test, the flakes sink very very quickly. I performed the magnet test using the gold separator magnet that came with my startup kit made by the Massie Brothers.....the magnet didnt pick up anything,flakes or the fine flour. and the last test I tried was pressure, I grew up crushing and breaking alot of mica/pyrite, the flake I tested wtih my fingernail didnt break, it bent and stayed bent, then I tried the same using tweezers, trying to snap it, again it only bent. is there some final "Fer Sure" test I can use to tell if this is fools gold or real? I am sitting on pins and needles here!!!!!!! Thank you.
Jerry Thatcher
- Tuesday, August 08, 2006 at 02:12:01 (EDT)
Phil, welcome to the Central Texas! If your in the area, give me a call 512-746-2120. Daniel
Daniel Klepac
- Monday, August 07, 2006 at 21:39:29 (EDT)
No regularly scheduled August meeting? Bummer. Anybody up for an impromptu fun meeting? I'm visiting frm out of state, over 20 years experience in many states including Alaska, have designed several pieces of equipment, and willing to give panning lessons, shoot the breeze, etc.... I'm currently up in Hewitt (Waco), RR isn't that far away???
- Monday, August 07, 2006 at 13:54:35 (EDT)
Howdy all... The map to longs looks like I'm heading to a golf course??? CAn anyone give me some directions ? Thanks.. Phil, Out of town visitor
- Monday, August 07, 2006 at 13:48:19 (EDT)
Hey Randy, good to hear from you! Just an fyi, the Llano Chp is holding an outing at Donavins ranch out by Enchanted Rock the "second weekend" in Sept. My calendar says that's the 9th and 10th, so that's a week before your dates. Hope you can make it out then too. Adios-AU-Amigos!
John "The Grif"
- Friday, August 04, 2006 at 01:30:58 (EDT)
Hi all. Been reading the messages and have gotten a lot of good info from them. I am planning on going to Longs 14-18 Sep and do some prospecting. Will be taking along a couple of my assembled rock grinders for sale. Asking $60.00 for them. Make them by hand and they do the job. Recently got a 50 mesh classifier and get that sized material out of the grinder fairly easily. Some may even be smaller but that is the samllest I can classify. Have found a few specs in the 50 mesh material but still have about half a bucket to pan out. Hope to see some of you out at Longs in Sep. Email me at to let me know if you are going to be there. This isn't a chapter outing but just me going there. Hope you all have great days ahead. May your pans always be filled with gold. Randy "Rockbreaker" Asterman
Randy Asterman
- Thursday, August 03, 2006 at 23:46:08 (EDT)
Hello Randy and Albert. The Main Page on this website has links to both "The Slab" and Malcome Long's Fish and Dig. They are very close to each other just outside of Kingsland. Malcome's is a pay to dig and the slab is public and open to panning and sluicing. Good luck!
John "The Grif"
- Tuesday, August 01, 2006 at 00:58:51 (EDT)
Hi, I am trying to find out how to get to longs I am a new member of gpaa and llanotxgpaa And need directions I hope to go this coming weekend, Thanks
Albert Patty
- Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 14:41:20 (EDT)
have my personal custom dredge for sale. great dredge $3500 . take a look. thanks also Roger
dredge 4"
- Friday, July 28, 2006 at 09:45:10 (EDT)
Hi all, I live in Rowlett, Tx (near Dallas) Do to work I can not go out west this year! Bummer. I understand that there is public land near Llano that you can sluice and pan. Can someone help me out. I have the fever so bad!!!! Thanks for any help!
Randy Case
- Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 19:27:50 (EDT)
I don`t remember who it was, but I told someone next time I went to Longs I would let them know on here. (Give me a break. I`m getting old.) So, Katrina and I and maybe John "The Grif" will be at Longs this Friday and Saturday. I bought a Minelab Eureka Gold, so now I have to try and figure out how to use it. We should be there by noon on Friday, and about nine on Saturday.
Tommy Groves
- Monday, July 24, 2006 at 18:03:26 (EDT)
For Sale: Keene 5" triple sluice/frame/floats. No motor/pump. Side sluices and main sluice all have Nomad carpet for fine gold recovery. $600 (Jet, hose, & swivel nozzle available separately) Contact:
Glen Oates
- Monday, July 24, 2006 at 11:16:02 (EDT)
This message is to Tracy and Allen who came to the Hudkins property outing last year. There is a member who would like to talk to one of you. Tracy's email does not work any more. If one of you read this, please send me an email. Thanks, Kevin.
Kevin Green
- Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 13:55:35 (EDT)
Jeff and Diane, I second the President's last statement and will include looking forward to prospecting with you. We all pretty much descend on Long's and the "slab" on any given weekend, so I'm sure we'll bump into each other out there. Welcome!
John "The Grif"
- Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at 14:56:30 (EDT)
Hey Jeff and Diane! Thanks for coming out and joining our little group Sat. afternoon. We enjoyed to meeting and look foward to seeing ya'll at the next meeting!
- Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 19:46:16 (EDT)
Stainless Steel Screen is available through TWP Inc. Berkely Cal. @ www.twpinc. they have 10,12,16,18 20,25...upto 100 from $5-10/ sq.ft in different wire thickness' for your classifier projects.
Jeff Stone
- Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 17:38:45 (EDT)
I met several of you at a meeting in Feb. We are now in Ruidoso NM am looking for a place to pan. Forest was closed until recently, but now is open. Does anyone from RRGPAA know of a claim or a place to go up here. Thanks Les
- Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 13:55:00 (EDT)
For the gentleman looking for a mortar & pestle, They are available for $52 from Miners Incorparated of Riggings ID @ Search site for Mortar.
Jeff Stone
- Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 04:35:49 (EDT)
Thank you for the meeting. To the leader, I was wrong clorine will leach gold. And to copier man the "Basement chemistry for the prospector" talks about this and 3 other halides to put gold insolution besides cyanide(HCN). To Swiss man & Colorado man & others I really enjoyed the information and your technical knowledge.
Jeff Stone
- Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 00:49:41 (EDT)
Today I attended your monthly meeting. I did find it very informative and helpful. The folks in this organization were very open and friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon today. Thanks and I am looking forward to the September meeting.
Diane Johnson
- Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 00:45:52 (EDT)
you can email me
- Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 12:11:20 (EDT)
I am in New Braunfels. Has anyone found gold down this far on the Gudalupe River?
- Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 12:10:42 (EDT)
Greetings Ya'll - I have a Lifetime LDMA/GPPA membership for sale/TRANSFER for $2500 plus the transfer fees - any one interested can contact me at - Thank You
Michael Johnson
- Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 21:42:02 (EDT)
Hey Morgan, John "the Grif" and I just got back from there this past weekend. I`m sure you won`t have any trouble finding someone to go with. I`ll try and post up next time I go. Good luck!
Tommy Groves
- Monday, June 26, 2006 at 17:15:22 (EDT)
hey y'all...I usta work as a professional treasure diver in Fl. in the late 60' and early 70's...I have a garrett detector and would like to meet someone in the San Antone area interested in prospecting...I just watched Tom Massie on the 'gold fever' show from Long's in llano and got fired up e-mail is: me know if y'all are from the S.A. area....Thanx
- Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 12:18:58 (EDT)
if you past the it will work..eeek computers!
- Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 19:52:09 (EDT)
have a dredge for sale 2.5" For sale my First Rolling Wonder 2.5" with new briggs 5.5 and non air gold divers pump. 2 sluice boxes/ single plus a over and under(never used) Rig is dredge ready with all the gear. $1200 price POP
- Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 20:30:09 (EDT)
Letting everyone know I sent a reply to Sean. Happy Father's Day to everyone.
Kevin Green
- Friday, June 16, 2006 at 00:14:51 (EDT)
Hey, gang. I'm new to the prospecting world and found ya'll close to home (I live around 183 @620). I'm interested in taking my son out for a weekend to do some panning and was wondering if there are any places within a few hours drive of Austin. If you have any recommendations, please email me at Thanks!
Sean Medley
- Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 22:59:21 (EDT)
Thanks Kevin ....gotta new prospector in the family! You know she'll be able to pan as soon as she's able to walk ;-). I hope to see all real soon.
John "Grif"
- Thursday, June 08, 2006 at 14:03:08 (EDT)
Congrats to John "The Grif" Griffin on the arrival of his new baby girl, Kendall Elisabeth. Best wishes and hope to see both of you soon. From the Round Rock Chapter.
Kevin Green
- Monday, June 05, 2006 at 21:52:45 (EDT)
Leroy, there were no changes made to the bylaws...after rereading the laws it was discovered that there was no need for a change. Officers were relected to their positions for another term.
Daniel Klepac
- Monday, May 29, 2006 at 10:43:17 (EDT)
Hi Im currently looking for a whites spectrum series such as eagle xlt etc i have about 300 to spend if one of these are rotting in the attic please email me
- Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 20:19:02 (EDT)
How did the last meeting go? Anyone new elected and how about the by-law change?
Leroy Whatley
- Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 13:43:34 (EDT)
Hi Everyone, I am looking for a crew to help me work a 3" dredge at Long's on Sunday 28th. Anybody interested? Phone me on 512 394-0192. We will split the 'nuggets' found in proportion to the amount of work done! The opinion of the sole judge, myself, shall not be contestable Gerry.
Gerry Davison
- Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 12:23:28 (EDT)
I am looking for the phone number to the rite Billy Caldwell, can anyone help me?
julie maroney
- Monday, May 22, 2006 at 12:52:11 (EDT)
Hi Leroy! We are considering increasing the amount of time an elected officer can hold their position.
Kevin Green
- Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 22:27:53 (EDT)
About the update on main page. What part of the by-laws are up for a change?
Leroy Whatley
- Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 15:26:32 (EDT)
Wow Kevin, that's fantastic! Was this material something you previously ran? I'd be interested in knowing what modifications you made (to highbanker/bluebowl?) and why. Call me up sometime.
- Monday, May 15, 2006 at 11:45:44 (EDT)
Hey John, after modifying the recirculator I ran some sub 50 sand from the slab. One of the largest pieces of gold I have found to date was sitting in the ribbed rubber matting. I guess that's a sign the recirc is working!!!
Kevin Green
- Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 19:45:54 (EDT)
My deepest condolences to all friends and family of Mr. Riccardelli. God bless.
- Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 21:50:44 (EDT)
Hey gang, Joe Riccardelli passed away last Friday. If anyone has any pictures of Joe and Nugget, please send them to me. I am putting together a memorial page. My email address is
Kevin Green
- Monday, May 08, 2006 at 22:12:44 (EDT)
I found a nice piece in the creek that feeds in to the Llano River. I didn`t like it so I chunked it back in the creek.
Tommy Groves
- Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 19:56:54 (EDT)
So...of those that did go to Longs this past weekend...Did you find anything? I was digging at the mouth of the creek where it runs into the Llano and found 1 small grain size piece in the shape of a crescent moon (thats what I'm calling it anyway). Kevin, I'll try to take a picture, but I'm no good at microfiche photography. Gerry, I'm anxious to hear how you did with new dredge.
John "Grif"
- Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 14:06:26 (EDT)
- Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 17:49:36 (EDT)
I hate to be the guy with bad news, but...Fri Apr 28 Scattered T-Storms 83/67 60% rain Sat Apr 29 T-Storms 81/62 60% rain Sun Apr 30 Scattered T-Storms 81/58 60% 81F
Tommy Groves
- Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 23:25:10 (EDT)
Hey Jim, I'll try and fix up the Gold Show pix with some names. It may be some time before it's finished.
Kevin Green
- Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 19:18:02 (EDT)
Thanks William...I appreciate the info.
John "Grif"
- Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 14:36:23 (EDT)
Just looked at the 2006 Show photos. Could you give us a listing of the Chapter people in the photos. It's nice to put a face to the messages. Thanks, Jim (
Jim Burger
- Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 12:48:01 (EDT)
to john "grif", try fredricksburg for sheetmetal shops there used to be more than 1 there,there was one that cut and bent metal for deerfeeders for soco feeders,but i dont remember the name of it,it was on hwy. 16 at the edge of town
william whittlesey
- Monday, April 24, 2006 at 01:56:53 (EDT)
info. for patrick helton, i will be goin to outing fri. i will be happy to pick you up and return you home, contact me at or telephone no.281-852-9360 or cell ph. no.832-527-9467. i will be in kerrville on thursday so will need dir. to where you are
william whittlesey
- Monday, April 24, 2006 at 01:48:53 (EDT)
Hey all! Just a heads up for all the newbies that will be at the outing. I'll be giving a little seminar on prospecting and then we'll go and find some color. Looking foward to seeing ya'll there!
- Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 17:19:06 (EDT)
Smart man'll know exactly where NOT to dig by following me :-)
John "Grif"
- Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 10:03:51 (EDT)
Only one more week before the outing. This will be my first time to Long`s and a GPAA Outing. Katrina and I are looking forward to meeting all of you, and hopefully find a little color. Don`t tell John, but I think I will follow him around all weekend so I`ll know where the good spots are. Have a great week and I`ll see you all next Friday.
Tommy Groves
- Friday, April 21, 2006 at 13:55:59 (EDT)
Howdy everyone, I need some help with a sluice design I'm working on. Does anyone know of a good sheet metal fab shop near Austin? (North preferably) I need to obtain, sheer, and bend 1/16" sheet aluminum, roughly in 2ft lengths. I've tried the phone book but haven't had any luck there. They either don't do aluminum or don't take small orders. You can email me if you like: Thanks !
John "Grif"
- Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 11:39:20 (EDT)
Happy Easter! I have posted the Texas Shootout Outing info on the "Events" page. Members and non members are all invited. I also sent out an auto email notice about it. If you signed up for our emails and didn't get the one about the April outing, let me know.
Kevin Green
- Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 22:47:02 (EDT)
Hi there Jerry, Your work schedule is a problem that is likely to interfere with your prospecting alongside most other GPAA members! However,I am a retired guy, so I have more flexibility. If you would like to meet at the Llano prospecting site sometime during the week,I can show you around, and discuss some of the techniques and equipment used, and the GPAA set-up. Give me a ring on 512 394-0192. I'm from Austin, so would be coming from the south; you are to the north-east, so we cannot conveniently share a vehicle. You would need to come south to Burnet; west along 29 to the junction with 1431; south along 1431 to the outskirts of Kingsland(marked by a flashing yellow traffic light) where you turn right(west)into 3404. Proceed to the Llano river crossing - park legally on the east bank. Hope to meet you there sometime. Gerry Davison
Gerry Davison
- Friday, April 14, 2006 at 12:14:49 (EDT)
Kevin, outing sounds like what I need to see if I have what it takes, when is it? I work every weekend and every holiday at US Hospital, Fort Hood.(12 hr shifts)
- Friday, April 14, 2006 at 10:37:25 (EDT)
Jerry, give me a call @512-746-2120 and I'll be more than happy to answer all your questions and tell you about the info that is available for this area.
- Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 19:31:49 (EDT)
Hey Jerry...come to the outing at the end of this month. There will be people there to help you get started. That's what did it for me 3 years ago and been loving it since.
Kevin Green
- Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 22:08:27 (EDT)
Daniel, thank you for posting a reply so quickly, and for welcoming me.....are there any publications or anything for this area (Centex) that would inform me of open lands, claims etc...(like the GPAA guidebook)also where would I find publications for things like prospecting terms,tools/equipment....our local library has zilch, as well as our bookstore in the Mall. Am very interested in starting this hobby, my wife and I love RVing, and think this would be an added plus. At this point I have nada for equipment, ty again for the welcome.
- Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 19:55:53 (EDT)
Welcome Jerry! Yes there really is gold in Texas! Believe it or not, your near an old gold mine (Jarrell) and it is rumored that the Indians mined on the Lampasas. Llano area is your best bet for find a little color.
- Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 19:08:04 (EDT)
Hello Round Rockers, found your site by poking around when I got interested in prospecting after watching the outdoor channel, after reading your message board, I don't know if my wife and I could become members or not, see...I work EVERY weekend,12 hour shifts....have for the last 9 years. So I think I might be startin off with me, myself, and I....Dumb question, is there really gold in Texas? Reason I ask is cause everywhere I have researched for our area, I cant even get books on the subject!! we are in Copperas Cove just about 7 miles West of Fort Hood. Fort Hood is totally off limits cause of the antiquities law, you cant even break out your metal detector. We do have the Lampassas River just a few miles down the road, any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.
Jerry T.
- Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 01:49:58 (EDT)
Well,I just returned tonight from a weekend in Kerrville. Spent Saturday on the Guadalupe River next to the city park, metal detecting and panning, with no luck. It's amazing that their was not even any black sand in that area. The area is nothing but river rock and God only knows how deep it is to bedrock. I remember seeing on your site, that one guy had dredged some nice nuggets out of this river, but probably not in the area that I was in. If you plan to work this river, I would suggest further West, possibly on the North Fork, past Hunt. I am from Victoria and only get that far North about twice a year, so please keep us updated on your good and bad locations. Thanks to everyone involved in this chapter for all you do. Jim -
Jim Burger
- Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 22:12:31 (EDT)
- Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 21:00:03 (EDT)
Hey Patrick....have you had anyone offer up a ride yet? I can't make this outing but I can try and set you up.
Kevin Green
- Tuesday, April 04, 2006 at 20:42:57 (EDT)
Thank you for the kind words, John. I finished the food plot this past weekend so thats out of the way now. I`ll be taking Katrina, and maybe my father fishing this weekend. Maybe I can get down there the weekend after this one. If not, we will be there for the outing with gold pan and fishing pole in hand. Did you do any good this past weekend?
Tommy Groves
- Monday, April 03, 2006 at 17:36:54 (EDT)
Tommy and was truly my pleasure! Ya'll are great folks (as evident in your like of prospecting) and I'm glad to have met you both. I look forward to the next time we can all go out. As for Long's, it's a great place and you'll notice that YOU run out before the FUN does. Here's a good tip: I know the fishing is great there too ;-) Call me if you're coming to check the place out and I may be able to meet you. Adios AU Amigos!
John "Grif"
- Saturday, April 01, 2006 at 13:39:19 (EST)
- Friday, March 31, 2006 at 13:17:31 (EST)
I wanted to jump on here and thank John for coming out this past weekend and helping Katrina and I. It`s Always nice to have company and someone smarter than me to give me pointers. I used my sluice box for the first time and he showed me just how to set it up. I found one visible piece, and about five not so visible pieces. John, I didn`t find anymore in the black sand I brought home. I would like to get down there one more time before the outing so I can check out Longs. I have to to take her fishing, and I`m also trying to put in a food plot on the place where I deer hunt, so I`m not sure if I can make it down again before then. Anyway, thanks again and I hope to meet all of you at Longs next month.
Tommy Groves
- Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 12:43:42 (EST)
Leroy, I have 3 large and one 5X. They are $10 each. Slim pickings.
Kevin Green
- Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 20:35:53 (EST)
Kevin, I sent Daniel an email about the pins. Do you have any extra-large tshirts avail and how much are they. Thanks
Leroy Whatley
- Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 10:59:42 (EST)
Leroy, Daniel Klepac has the hat pins with him in Jarrel. They usually travel with him to the meetings. Send Daniel an email to discuss how to get them. As far as shirts, I have a few that are unclaimed, but the sizes vary greatly. Daniel has suggested we have some new ones made. Ask him when...ha ha.
Kevin Green
- Friday, March 24, 2006 at 22:52:02 (EST)
Yes, I was the one with the Highbanker. That will be the last time I take that thing out there witjout some help. Way to much stuff to carry between the two of us. Katrina and I will be staying at a hotel in Georgetown tonight so we can get an early start in the morning. I have one more place in that same spot to prospect, and I found another nice spot just noth of there that looks good. Hope to see you out there tomorrow, John.
Tommy Groves
- Friday, March 24, 2006 at 18:17:50 (EST)
Just took a look at the 2006 Gold Show Pics. They were really great. Sorry that Billie And and I had to miss it. Two questions: (1) At the last meeting who was the gentleman who had the Round Rock GPAA pins and how can we get some? (2) Are there any Round Rock GPAA t-shirts or anything else with our logo on it available? Would someone out there let me know. Would like to take some to Nome in June to trade or whatever. Thanks
Leroy Whatley
- Friday, March 24, 2006 at 16:03:16 (EST)
Welcome aboard Bill!!
- Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 20:06:39 (EST)
Paid for my 12 month family membership to the GPAA today! Wooooo Hooooooooo!
Bill Scoville
- Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 21:10:40 (EST)
Leroy, it sounds as if a seal is leaking...
- Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 19:25:34 (EST)
Howdy Tommy, it was a pleasure meeting ya'll...and Kevin, your suspicions are correct.. I'll be out there Saturday and/or Sunday and I bet I'll know exactly where to find you Tommy. It's a good area, but I'm not sure about water levels now. Cya'll !
John "Grif"
- Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 22:00:04 (EST)
Having pump priming problem. New 3" GoldKing Dredge/Highbanker. Can't get the pump to prime. Looks like seals are good, no cracks. Pump is direct drive and will pump if I add water from above, but will not seem to pull suction to the footer valve. Any ideas would be helpfull.
Leroy Whatley
- Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 13:25:09 (EST)
Hey Tommy, I did meet you and your wife, but it was John who was upstream and took your picture. That was a nice pix of your gold. I plan to create a "Gold Found in Texas" web page and your pix plus several others will be on it. I have been getting a lot of pictures of Texas gold. I suspect John will be back at the slab next weekend. Check back to this post page for future day trip announcements. We'll meet up again....
Kevin Green
- Monday, March 20, 2006 at 22:14:47 (EST)
Tommy, were you the gentleman with the small highbanker? I don't think that it rained enough to cause any rise in the river. Good luck Saterday!
- Monday, March 20, 2006 at 21:27:41 (EST)
Hello Round Rockers! I met a few of you a couple of weeks ago at the Llano River. I`m sorry I can`t remember all of your names, but I think it was Kevin that was just upstream from us. Katrina and I had a great time and found one nice flake that you took a picture of, and eight to ten smaller ones. I was thinking about coming back this weekend on Saturday if anyone is going to be there. Does anyone know what the water will be doing this weekend? Will five days be enough for it to calm down? I`ll try and remember everyones name a little better this time. Once I found that nice flake, I forgot everything. Thanks, Tommy Groves
Tommy Groves
- Monday, March 20, 2006 at 16:52:58 (EST)
Hi Jwhat, I may have to defer to someone more in the "know", but I'm pretty sure you don't need a permit to dredge at Longs. Also, I'm not sure about any size restrictions. Might be best to call the TX General Land Office at 1-800-998-4456 to verify on Llano River. Hope to see you out there April 28-30 for the outing at Longs!
John "Grif"
- Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 09:59:29 (EST)
Do we have to have any type permit to dredge at Long's?
- Monday, March 13, 2006 at 20:31:32 (EST)
Hey Jim,glad you posted. Be sure to sign up for our updates. I will post more info about the outing in April. The Llano chapter is having an outing this month. Check our "Texas Chapters Updates" page off of the home page. The Llano River drains into the Colorado. Don't see why there wouldn't be some gold there too. Keep looking!
Kevin Green
- Thursday, March 09, 2006 at 23:03:23 (EST)
Hi Kevin, I met you at the gold show in dallas. I'm the one thatlives near Winchester/Smithville. I was just wanting to know more details about your next outing.. I went over by the colorado river last weekend with my daughter, found alot a black sand, but that was it . anyway please send info when you know.. thanks. Jim
- Monday, March 06, 2006 at 21:35:19 (EST)
Howdy Kevin, I've got family in town Friday and Saturday, so if I can go, it will be around noon when I get there..Thanks for the invite!
John "Grif"
- Wednesday, March 01, 2006 at 23:12:30 (EST)
Hey John, thanks for the post of Llano County streams. I had to modify your post, it caused problems with Netscape. Daniel and I plan on heading to the Slab this Saturday. Same locale, techniques.
Kevin Green
- Wednesday, March 01, 2006 at 20:14:21 (EST)
This is really cool. Details of almost all streams in Llano County. Click on this link to view this site!!!
John "Grif"
- Wednesday, March 01, 2006 at 14:36:33 (EST)
btw.. The "Federales" were out at the Slab Sunday enforcing the no trespassing and no parking, so I reiterate being mindful of private property and where to park...READ THE SIGNS, pack out your (or any) trash and you'll be okay.
John "Grif"
- Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 01:41:40 (EST)
Way to go Kevin! 22 colors? This guy knows what he's doing folks. I've pulled a few little specs from that spot but not many. However, I just found the biggest spec I've found from that general area this Sunday. Couldn't believe it when I saw it stuck to the outer wall of my blue-bowl.
John "Grif"
- Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 01:36:15 (EST)
Hey Jwhat, I have added a link to the home page which will bring up a Google map to the Slab. The Slab is where CR307 crosses over the river. There is limited parking. Be mindful of private property on either side of the river. I am working on a better page with directions to several prospecting locales. EVERYONE... Please hit the refresh button on your browsers if the link is not visible.
Kevin Green
- Monday, February 27, 2006 at 21:46:32 (EST)
Hey Grif, pulled 22 more colors out of the cons from our last trip. Do any good last Sunday?
Kevin Green
- Monday, February 27, 2006 at 16:41:57 (EST)
I will put a link on the home page with directions to the Slab. It is about the only "free" place to prospect in central Texas. Check back daily. You can use sluices, highbankers and dredges up to 4", I think. Engines must be 4 cycle, I think. I will get clarification when I put up the directions.
Kevin Green
- Monday, February 27, 2006 at 16:40:20 (EST)
Where is the slab in Kingsland? I've seen it in the post's but don't know where it really is. What type of equipment can you use there?
- Monday, February 27, 2006 at 15:43:37 (EST)
I'm planning to go to the slab in Kingsland on Sunday if anyone wants to go (9am-5pm/rain-or-shine). Question: When watching the Llano episode of the Gold Fever show (again), someone shows a beautiful long nugget that he says he found just walking along the path. What path? Where? Does anyone know? Was that path at Long's? Thanks!
John "Grif"
- Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 11:15:23 (EST)
I am writing a book about life with children. If you would like to send me stroies about you and your children please do so. I will need there ages,the name of the person that send the letter and were you are from. You may e-mail me at or you may mail me your letters at 176 mill street, maren, new brunswick,E6H 1X1, canada Thanks to everyone that has replied to this message
- Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 14:14:15 (EST)
Post show update: We had a very good show in Ft. Worth and met a lot of new people who were interested in both propsecting and our chapter. you will probably be seeing a few new faces at our meeting and outings!
Daniel Klepac
- Monday, February 13, 2006 at 19:14:48 (EST)
No wonder I didn't find anything....ya'll cleaned up too well I guess, but I haven't gone through all my cons yet and I had a great day none the less! "A day in the river beats a day in the office evertime". Hope to see EVERYONE at the show!
John "Grif"
- Tuesday, February 07, 2006 at 01:18:29 (EST)
Sorry that we missed you Grif! I found a little color...we were up a littler further than the last time. See ya at the show!
- Monday, February 06, 2006 at 20:12:16 (EST)
Ohhh man :-( Sorry I missed ya'll, but I'll be out there Sunday. Any chance of making back out? I'll be upstream from the bridge in the middle of the river (somewhere) with my sluice. Should be a great day so anyone come on out.
John "Grif"
- Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 00:01:11 (EST)
Hey Grif, Daniel and I will be at the Slab this Saturday. We are going small and will be backpacking upstream towards the end of Earl's claim. Anyone who wants to do some prospecting should come on out. We have been finding good gold.
Kevin Green
- Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 23:21:36 (EST)
Yep! Been out and gone, and am back in the Great State of TEXAS, Again! I have missed the meeting and fellowship at RRGPA and hope that things work out , where I can again mix with GREAT PEOPLE !!!! I do wish every one a great 2006, and hope that the BIG ONE shows up at one of your outtings.
Lonnal Wilhelm
- Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 13:40:18 (EST)
Hate to miss the Jan 21st meeting, but Billie Ann and I are going to the GPAA show at Primm. Hope to see lots of good gold. See ya later.
Leroy Whatley
- Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 00:51:52 (EST)
I'LL SEE YOU THERE! I'm planning on going to the slab in the morning, the outing in the afternoon, and maybe camping at Longs that evening and then spending all day Sunday out there. I'm hooked I tell ya! So, I'll meet you and Daniel at the slab around 9-10am? Thanks!
John "Grif"
- Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 00:01:02 (EST)
Hey Grif, Daniel and I will be at the Slab this Saturday. The Llano Chapter will be downstream having an outing at Todd's house. If anyone wants to join in, they can meet us at the low water crossing upstream, or join the Llano bunch downstream. Directions to the crossing and Todd's house can be found on the "Texas Chapters Updates" link off of the home page.
Kevin Green
- Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 22:44:40 (EST)
Howdy Fishman, I've seen Randy's machine work in action and must say it will be one of the most quiet crushers you'll find. It works by grinding the material instead of crushing it. The plans are worth the five bucks for sure.
John "Grif"
- Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 17:24:31 (EST)
Howdy All! Just lookin at Randy A's rock stompin machine and was wondering if your keeping to just the quartz or are you working mineralized ore as well? How many buckets o' rock did it take to get that bit in the pan? I had started a project this winter to build a crusher, but put it on hold. The thing I was wondering is loud is this thing during operation? I might need to put mine in the 'back 40' so to speak...
- Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 14:50:24 (EST)
Hi Baron, I sent you an email. Sorry for the lack of new meeting minutes. I'll get the rest of this year up soon.
Kevin Green
- Friday, December 30, 2005 at 21:11:45 (EST)
Hello All, I live in Austin and am starting to think prospecting is something I might like. I found your web site through the GPAA site. Do you still have regular monthly meetings? I ask because there haven't been any meeting minutes posted in a while. Also, I am not a GPAA member yet, can I just show up and listen? I'll check back in a few days, but feel free to email me at
- Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 23:11:08 (EST)
I've realized that life is a lot like have limited time to fill your pan and you only get what you put into it. So thanks to all the friends out there that keep my pan filled. Merry Christmas everyone and I wish you a Happy New Year!
John "Grif"
- Saturday, December 24, 2005 at 14:07:53 (EST)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!! Sorry that Billie and I missed the Christmas party, we aready had family obligations in Houston. How did the party go? Hope everyone had a holly,jolly good time.
Leroy Whatley
- Friday, December 23, 2005 at 11:30:15 (EST)
Merry Christmas!!
- Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 21:15:09 (EST)
WOW - I am so glad I found this site. Gold in Texas ? Who woulda thunk it. This may be the perfect place to get the advice I need. My son will be graduating from High School this year in the Austin area and on his spring Break he wants to go gold panning. I have no clue where this came from but I thought why not. So - here is what The wife and I am looking for. 1) A place that there is a chance he might actually find something 2) A place I can drive my AWD Astro Camper right up to and do the prospecting (self contained) 3) camp there for an extended period, if it is close enough to Austin maybe 5 nights. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Email me at
- Monday, December 19, 2005 at 13:48:10 (EST)
Outing Report - Got there about 9:30 and Mr. & Mrs. Gerry Davison were already there...thanks for coming! We setup the highbanker/combo in a spot about a 1/2 mile up river and from initial tests of the cons, it looked like we were going to rule out another good spot were gold wasn't. But since, I've found two little specs in the magnetite alone...(Gerry, want your spec?:-) Thanks also to the prospector from the Llano chapter (didn't catch your name, sorry!)..glad you made it out, and Earl and Todd for the privilege of the claim. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!
John "Grif"
- Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 22:41:36 (EST)
** Day Outing ** Sunday Dec 18 at the Slab. This weekend might be a cold and wet one, but Sunday is supposed to be the better of the two so I'm heading out then. The Slab is on CR307 just outside of Kingsland on 1431. The claim owners allow for panning and sluicing (*thanks!*). All Powered equipment requires prior approval and no 2 cycle motors, so I obtained permission to bring my highbanker. I'm eyeing a spot up river from the bridge about a quarter mile...that's where I'll be around 9-10am. If for some reason I can't make it, I'll post here. Look out gold, here I come!
John "Grif"
- Friday, December 16, 2005 at 13:38:30 (EST)
John Grif, Great idea, P'se count me in. Thanks.
Gerry Davison.
- Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 13:03:47 (EST)
Hi James, I am also a resident of Austin and a budding prospector. I have been trying to contact you by e.mail, but your address is not recognised by my system. Contact me on (512) 394 - 0192 if you wish. Gerry D.
Gerry Davison
- Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 13:02:03 (EST)
Hi folks, I'm going to start posting some invites to personal outings that I go on during the weekends. Usually I head to Long's, but I'll post here ahead of time in case anyone wants to join me or make suggestions. Sometimes it will be spur of the moment when I can go, so best to check back here on Fridays then just show up. Prospect with you later!
John "Grif"
- Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 18:14:38 (EST)
Hi James, welcome! Nuggets are going to be scarce around these parts. However, there's specks and flower gold to be found, it's just getting to them thats the hard part. Texas has very little public lands and what there is, has claims on them and you'll need permission from the owners. The best advise I could give is: -Come to a couple of our meetings -Sign up for the email updates on the "Join" page for instant updates and news. -Join our club of good and like-minded people that share the same quest as you. Several times throughout the year we have "outings" and along with the meetings, are great opportunities to get advice, knowledge, where to go, what to use, etc... -Longs Fish & Dig outside of Marble Falls is a good place to pay to dig. Hope to prospect with you soon!
John "Grif"
- Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 17:07:57 (EST)
I live in Austin, Tx. I'm new to gold hunting. I would like to hook up with some people and give it a try. Don't worry, I have a lot of patience and I hope you do to. Is there any nugget hunting in Texas, if so, where percisely? Any help is appreciated. My email is: James
James Harris
- Monday, November 28, 2005 at 15:05:07 (EST)
Kevin, thanks for the quick response and removal of that kind of junk.
Leroy Whatley
- Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 23:06:40 (EST)
Remember, there will not be a November Round Rock GPAA meeting next Saturday. We will combine November's and December's meetings into one. It will be December 10th. Check the home page for details and updates.
Kevin Green
- Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 21:02:17 (EST)
Happy Halloween
- Monday, October 31, 2005 at 00:17:04 (EST)
All I want is to be able to look at the Park and the RV campsites and know where to get intouch with someome if I want to stay?
- Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 14:29:26 (EST)
Hi, I am new to GPAA. Well not new. But renewed from many years ago. I live in La Grange, Texas. Is there anyone close to Bastrop area? If not where do ya'll go and hunt fer the color? John
- Friday, October 14, 2005 at 23:03:01 (EDT)
is anyone is going to nm. for oct. outting? i would like to go but it is a long drive by myself, maybe i could get together with someone and share expenses. william whittlesey--
william whittlesey--
- Monday, October 03, 2005 at 18:23:03 (EDT)
Before I join the gpaa,I want to connect with people I could work along side this comming 2006 year out in Calif italian bar.I want to pan for about 3-4 monts starting sometime in May.If anyone that reads this message could contact me at my e-mail Thank you..
- Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 11:43:56 (EDT)
Talked to Long's. He said there was electrical hookups available for $10.00. That is above the $20.00 fee for mining. He also said that if a spouse is helping then the chage was $30.00 for both.
Leroy Whatley
- Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 10:39:58 (EDT)
Are the sites at Long's where we set up just dry camping, no hookups or does anyone know? How far are we from the mining area? If anyone has any info about Long's, please post. Kevin, count myself and wife as being there.
Leroy Whatley
- Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 08:57:36 (EDT)
Thanks William. I have emailed several people looking for his phone number. I have sent out an update email to those who signed up to our site. I have asked for a headcount in that email. Rising gas costs are sure to be a factor. I know I'm ready to do some digging. Hope everyone can make it.
Kevin Green
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 23:17:21 (EDT)
I Talked To Mr. Long Sat. Sept. 10,The Phone # Is -(325)388-6131. Hope This Is A Help To Everyone,
william whittlesey
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 02:18:41 (EDT)
Does anyone have any idea how many plan to go to Long's this weekend. we are planning on going, this will be our first outing. Hope lots show up.
Leroy Whatley
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 00:12:56 (EDT)
I just picked up a 3" Gold King dredge/highbanker. Looking for any info or ideas about the setup. Does anyone have a website to visit for ideas.
Leroy Whatley
- Monday, August 29, 2005 at 23:56:56 (EDT)
Hey TB, I am working on getting Long's phone number for you. Expect an email soon.
Kevin Green
- Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 00:01:22 (EDT)
TB Look on the Events page, there is a link to Long's Fish and Dig.
- Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 11:08:36 (EDT)
hi, i had recently heard of a place out by Bertram and Kingsland called Long's Fish and Dig. I couldn't find any info on it via google and was wanting to rent one of the cabins for a few nights. Does anyone here know anything about this place? I was told that this would be the place to ask. I was wondering if there was a phone number to call for reservations/directions etc. thanks for any and all info. please email me with any info.
- Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 21:16:57 (EDT)
It appears the Message Board has been down for almost a month. I hope this fixes it. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Kevin Green
- Monday, August 15, 2005 at 00:43:20 (EDT)
The August meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting will be September 17. It will be at Malcom Long's Fish and Digs, during the September outing. See the "Events" page for more info.
Kevin Green
- Monday, August 15, 2005 at 00:40:41 (EDT)
I have 2 items I want to sell. One is a Keene mini gold dredge that I bought maybe 20 years ago. It normally sits on an inner tube as it runs and sucks gravel off the bottom. The inner tube is gone, it has a sluice that the materials wash down and the hoses seem to be intact. The little two-cycle engine has not been started in many years of storage in my garage, but I guess it would probably work good after it got a good cleaning. The engine was never underwater and I probably only used it three or four weekends in the Llano area. I did send a note to Keene about a year ago and asked if parts were available and they told me I could still get parts, although I never tried. The second item is a small Keene dry washer that I used to carry on my backpack frame. It is pretty simple to operate, you just dump some dry material on it and jerk the bellows rope to blow away the lighter material. I would be happy to let anyone look at these. My email is . I can also be reached at 512-797-2007 cell, and 512-836-3948 home.
Charley F
- Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 22:42:20 (EDT)
Hello Round Rock GPAA, I am a member of the GPAA but am not in a chapter, can't find one around Dallas, is there a place that I can take my family (wife and 2 young boys)to do some panning and maybe camp overnight in the your area with the chance at finding a little color. Just looking for a safe place to get away from the city. If anyone has any suggestions feel free to e-mail me at or post some ones email who might haave some info. p.s. I really enjoyed your booth at the gold show and enjoy looking at your web site. Thanks, Philip Stringer
Philip Stringer
- Friday, June 03, 2005 at 05:18:31 (EDT)
The return dig to the Hudkin's property is still on for Saturday, May 7th. Hope everyone can make it.
Kevin Green
- Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 23:34:11 (EDT)
Hi everyone I'm new to this message board, but i'd like to invite you all to my online retail store for great products at great prices.
Billy Caldwell
- Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 14:16:00 (EDT)
Hey William, looking forward to having you join us at an outing. We are having an upcoming dig this Saturday, May 7th, weather permitting. Try and join us if you can. And, if you haven't already, sign up on our "Join" page to add your e-mail to our database for instant updates.
Kevin Green
- Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 22:19:38 (EDT)
i have just joined gpaa, lookin forward to joining your group on an outing, ps. i am very much a greenhorn but willing to learn. w.w. houston tx.
william whittlesey
- Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 02:22:35 (EDT)
Pictures from the April 2005 Outing have been posted on the Photo Page. The landowner has invited us back for one last dig. We are trying to set up a 1 day, no common or raffle, full day of prospecting on Saturday, May 7th. More info will be posted and emails sent out as soon as we confirm the day.
Kevin Green
- Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 00:17:33 (EDT)
Pleased to say that the directory of metal detecting related websites has now been updated and has in excess of 400 websites. To view please click here
- Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 17:48:49 (EST)
Hi Billy, our meeting for March was last weekend. We meet on the 3rd weekend of each month, unless there is an event or outing. Our email program will be up and running soon and if you haven't signed up, please do so on our Join page. I usually update the home page with the latest news on Mondays, however, some browsers don't reflect the updates. I recommend everyone use their refresh button to see the latest updates to the home page.
Kevin Green
- Monday, March 21, 2005 at 22:27:04 (EST)
Our first outing of 2005 will be April 16th and 17th. It will be at a new property North of Llano. Details will be posted on the Events page and emails will be sent out soon. Everyone, please use your refresh button in your browser to be sure you are viewing the latest info. Also, be sure to sign up to our email list to get updated info. More to follow!
Kevin Green
- Monday, March 21, 2005 at 22:20:13 (EST)
does any one have a 3" to 4" floating dredge for sale? bad engine ok looking for about p180 size air would be ok plse email me at
Dean Long
- Monday, March 21, 2005 at 13:44:55 (EST)
i am in the chapter i would like to no when your next meting will be .its 3-16-05 can you e-mail me at thank you .
billy duncan sr.
- Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 21:04:13 (EST)
JJ..... Did you ever find that photo that you took of Noah and Tom Massy. If you did shoot me a copy Thanks
- Saturday, March 05, 2005 at 10:32:47 (EST)
Docia, thank you for the kind words and for stopping by our booth. We enjoyed meeting you and your family and look foward to seeing you at one of our outings!
Daniel Klepac
- Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 11:16:53 (EST)
I just wanted to tell everyone that I really enjoyed your booth at the GPAA show this last weekend. I traveled down to go to the show and got my sister and her husband to go with me Sunday - what fun we had panning at your booth. My sister found the piece of platinum and she had so much fun panning that on Monday she joined GPAA. When you have an outing later this year I'm hoping to drive down again to visit with her and we will go to the outing. Thanks for the great fun at the show. I am going to make a gemstone tree with the garnets that I panned. Thanks again!
Docia Lenz - Salem, Missouri
- Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 16:47:16 (EST)
Hello Damian, True..Texas has very little gold, but it's there to find. More importantly, by joining the GPAA, you're voicing your opinion by supporting a stand up organization fighting to preserve your rights to prospect for gold. Also by joining, you'll open more opportunities and places to find gold as well as make new friends with people that share the same love for it. If you like prospecting, think about joining. You can contact anyone from the "Email Us" link for more information. Good luck!
John Griffin
- Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 21:25:33 (EST)
Does anyone have a Gold Bug 2 or a MineLab SD / GP metal detector they would like to sell?
McCartney Taylor
- Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 19:22:09 (EST)
i was going to join the gppa but i didnt think there was any gold near this area so i have been holding off...
- Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 18:02:32 (EST)
I want thank all the members of the RRGPAA for their kind welcome to the group! I'm looking forward to the prospecting for gold, fun, and new friends. Happy Holidays all!
John Griffin
- Sunday, December 12, 2004 at 16:24:57 (EST)
Contact Nathan Jubeck at (361) 992-9737 or at
LDMA Membership for Sale
- Sunday, December 12, 2004 at 10:37:21 (EST)
Wishing all members a "Happy Holidays"!!!
Daniel Klepac
- Sunday, December 05, 2004 at 11:19:03 (EST)
Whitt459, we're not finding enough to pay for the snacks we take along, let alone to cover expenses...but we're having a ball anyway!
Daniel Klepac
- Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 20:53:19 (EST)
wonderning if anyone is finding enough gold in texas to pay expenses?
- Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 16:18:12 (EST)
Kevin you are doing an awesome job on this stuff. I think this is so cool. Keep up the good work. Good job till your better paid.
Grady Wallace
- Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at 22:59:05 (EST)
we could have a number drawing for our gag gifts. You think? On Dec 4th meeting. I know we will have a good time. Your friend. Billy.
billy caldwell
- Sunday, November 14, 2004 at 16:24:42 (EST)
Put numbers on all of our gag gifts and everybody line up and draw numbers, just like a gold cleanup drawing. Dec 4th
Billy Caldwell
- Sunday, November 14, 2004 at 16:14:38 (EST)
4 sale...Dredge pump with Briggs engine and all hoses...ready to attach to a 2" new... Call Patrick at 817-652-0078 or email me for more info.
Patrick Raffaelo
- Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 21:54:20 (EST)
I hope this Message Board is helpful. Is anyone having any problems with this website? I'd be interested to know. Also, has anyone been prospecting lately?
Kevin Green
- Tuesday, November 09, 2004 at 22:06:22 (EST)
Thanks for putting in the time to create this board!
Daniel Klepac
- Monday, November 08, 2004 at 19:55:21 (EST)
The message board is up and running! Please post wisely. Any abuse of this feature will result in it being removed.
Kevin Green
- Saturday, November 06, 2004 at 13:54:48 (EST)