Eugene Recreational Mining
Visitors can enjoy recreational gold panning, sluicing, and suction dredging in Sharps Creek.
- Recreational gold panning is allowed in Sharps Creek June 1 through September 15.
- Sluicing and suction dredging with hoses with a diameter of 4 inches or less is allowed July 1 through September 1, provided that the mining activity does not interfere with other recreational activities.
- Please do not operate mining equipment immediately upstream when people are using the popular swimming area.
What equipment may I use?
Suction dredges with hoses having an inside diameter of 4 inches or less are allowed with the proper permit – National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit 700-J from the Department of Environmental Quality, located at 750 Front Street, NE, Suite 120, Salem, Oregon 97310 (telephone: 503-378-8240, extension 247).
There are many mining claims located along Sharps Creek, so make sure to stay within the boundaries of the recreation site if you are not a claimant. Land adjacent to the recreation site, both upstream and downstream, is privately owned. BLM cannot grant permission to pan or dredge on those lands.
Mining Claim Packets, containing rules and regulations, are available from the Eugene District office for $3.00.