Daybreak Park Outing Saturday, May 18, 2019

Daybreak Park is where I found my first gold “in the wild.” What a thrill!
Here’s a note from Outing Director Jerry Johns about this Saturday’s outing:

Hey everyone,

We have an outing this Saturday at Day Break Park. Access to this park is probably one of the easiest to maneuver within and the weather looks to be in our favor as well. The water is expected to be VERY cold though so dress accordingly with rubber boots or hip-waders and an extra pair of sox. I will be arriving at the park around 8am and will stay until noon’ish (give or take a hour or so). People are welcome to arrive and stay as long or short as they want to. You are responsible for your own food at this outing. Hot food will be provided at our chapter meeting on Sunday though. 🙂 There is no day use fees at this park the last time I checked.

Equipment: The type of equipment you can use at this park varies at different times of the year. For our outing you can use Pans, sluices and any battery operated equipment. Any motorized equipment is off-limits as is dredging this time of year. I recommend bringing along a small shovel as you will be digging in an area with lots of river rock. Pans, Sluices, snuffer bottles, buickets are all good options to have with you. I will make myself available during this time to help people set up their sluices and/or teach panning techniques to newer individuals. I have included directions below a link to the park website.

26401 NE Daybreak Road
Battleground, WA 98604

Directions from I-5: Head North on I-5 across the I-5 bridge. Stay on I-5 North until Exit 11 and take this exit onto WA-502 toward Battleground Washington. Stay on WA-502 for approximately 2.5 miles and turn left on NE 72nd. After a couple of miles (~2 miles) road will take a couple of quick right turns and change names to 259th and then finally NE 82nd Ave. It is another half mile or so to Daybreak Park. The park is on both sides of the road, we will be meeting and working on the right side of the Park.

Thx, Jerry

November meeting

Yesterday we elected some new officers:
Vice President will be Jim Erwin,
Yolande Kragerud continues as Secretary,
and New Board Members are Charlie Foster, Mike Torres, Brad Gary and Joe Wood.

Cape Disappointment, October 13, 2018

We started the outings for the year at the beach, and finished the year also at Cape Disappointment.
There’s lots of black sand still, and there’s still lots of very fine gold in it! Prospectors had the most luck with Gold Cube separators but high-bankers also did well. Even with just a pan, it was likely to show color in each scoop.
Again, the weather was clear and shirt-sleeves were the uniform of the day.

The black sand is heavy, but it seems that the new Gold and Fish pamphlet is heavier still. But you better have it when you’re prospecting in Washington!

Cape Disappointment, Washington May 5, 2018

About a dozen of us met at Cape Disappointment on May 5th for some beach prospecting. The black sand was right on the surface and there was lots of it! First pans showed about 6–8 colors. The gold was very small, but when it showed up on the ribbed matting it really glittered in the sun. Jerry’s vial held quite a bit of fine gold plus some larger chunks.

The weather was beautiful, the tide was low, and the wind wasn’t too strong. All that plus gold! Really made a great outing.