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.