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Learn gold panning at Bridgeport in South Yuba River State Park

Beginning Memorial Day weekend visitors to Bridgeport in South Yuba River State Park will have the opportunity to try their hand at gold panning at the visitors’ center. Docents will be on hand to demonstrate how the old 49ers used simple pans to find hidden treasure in the shallows of the Yuba River. Step-by-step panning lessons will be given and docents will share stories about the history of the area, and describe other ways the precious metal was extracted during the California Gold Rush, such as hard rock mining and hydraulic mining. Demonstrations at Bridgeport are offered from noon to 2 p.m. every weekend and holiday, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Gold panning sessions for private groups and school talks can be arranged at other times by prior reservation. Call South Yuba River State Park for more information at 530-432-2546.


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