Recreational Panning Reserves

The Ministry has created a number of recreational panning reserves around the Province that are open to the general public to use for recreational gold panning. Recreational panning is restricted to hand pans, hand shovels, and metal detectors. The use of sluice or shaker boxes, suction dredges, and other mechanical devices are not permitted.

1.  Overview Map of the BC Recreational Panning Reserves

Open the overview map of BC (PDF). Once open, click on an icon at each reserve site to open up an individual location map (PDF) of that particular site.

 

2.  KML File - Google Earth

As another option for viewing recreational panning reserves in BC, if you have Google Earth installed on your computer, this KML file will automatically open and zoom to British Columbia adding the BC Recreational Panning Reserves to your Temporary Places folder.

 

3.  Individual Panning Reserve Information

Site Name

Site Number

(MTO Site Details)

Mapsheet Number

(PDF Location Map)

GPX Files

(To be used with a GPS)*

Barnes Creek

329443

 082E

Waypoints and Tracks

Cayoosh Creek

329448

 092I

Waypoints and Tracks

Erickson

340185

 082F

Waypoints and Tracks

Goldstream River

329445

 082M

Waypoints and Tracks

Hope

329447

 092H

Waypoints and Tracks

Kennedy River

329446

 092F

Waypoints and Tracks

Kettle River

327053

 082L

Waypoints and Tracks

Lytton (Site 1)

349115

 092I

Waypoints and Tracks

Lytton (Site 2)

349116

 092I

Waypoints and Tracks

Princeton

333955

 092H

Waypoints and Tracks

Quesnel-Fraser River Junction

329277

 093B

Waypoints and Tracks

Spruce Creek

329449

 104N

Waypoints and Tracks

Wild Horse River

332322

 082G

Waypoints and Tracks

Yale Town

332310

 092H

Waypoints and Tracks

 

*GPX (the GPS exchange format) is a light-weight xml data format for the interchange of GPS data (waypoints, routes, and tracks) between applications and web services on the internet. Source

Depending on your web browser, you may have a different experience with downloading the GPX Waypoints and Tracks.

  • Internet Explorer - You must right-click on the Waypoints and Tracks link and select Save Target As. A left-click will not download the file.
  • Chrome - Simply click on the Waypoints and Tracks link and a pop-up offering to Open or Save the GPX file will appear.
  • Firefox - Simply click on the Waypoints and Tracks link and a pop-up offering to Open or Save the GPX file will appear.
  • Mac/Safari - Simply click on the Waypoints and Tracks link and the file will automatically download to your computer.