You can still pull gold out of the water to this day with panning at $2 (£1.54) per person. Visitors to the area can also learn about other ways of finding gold from the land. Since shutting down due to coronavirus, Reed Gold Mine reopened to the public on 29 May with added restrictions to ensure social distancing, including limiting visitor numbers and installing hand sanitiser stations.
In 1876 the gold rush swept across the Black Hills of South Dakota after gold deposits were found in Deadwood Creek, with people panning for gold ever since. Crow Creek is currently open and accepting visitors who make a reservation in advance.
Rules and regulations differ slightly from state to state, but recreational gold prospecting tends to be permitted in the USA in designated public areas and on private land as long as the landowner gives permission.
Costs range between $6 (£4.60) and $11 (£8.45) per pan for you to have a go at finding your own fortune here, which seems like a decent price for finding gold. Instructions are also provided for beginners. According to its Facebook page, the Consolidated Gold Mine is currently open seven days a week between 10am and 5pm and no reservation is required.
The Warrego area is one of the richest fossicking sites in the whole of Australia. The gold is scattered in the surface soils of the area, so you'll need a metal detector and good dry panning skills to find it.
The Lowther and Buccleuch Estates issue gold panning licences for the area. Alternatively, the Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum offers panning courses for amateurs – a Canadian tourist found a 20-carat nugget worth $12,800 (£9.8k) during a course in 2014. The courses are still going ahead in 2020, taking place on 18 July and 15 August.
The appropriately-named Gold Mines River in the Wicklow Mountains, which got its moniker in 1796 following the discovery of a nugget of the precious metal, boasts relatively high quantities of gold and is a magnet for amateur prospectors.