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The Buckeye Chapter

The Buckeye Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America was started in 1996. People from all over the state came together to pan for gold. There are three claims in the state. The Swank Claim located in Bellville, Ohio, the Frazee Claim near Zuck, Ohio, and the Lewis Claim located below Lucusville in the southern part of Ohio.

Although gold is not as plentiful in Ohio as in some of the other states it does exist, you just have to work a little harder for it. Usually gold in Ohio is in the form of flour gold and takes a little more skill to uncover. There have been a few larger nuggets found here, but as a rule it is not the amount of gold found, but the love of the hunt for gold that draws people from all over the state to pan.

Members must have their claims club prospecting permit on their person at all times when they are mining on any of the GPAA claims. You must also have a valid membership card. Visitors are always welcome but must be accompanied by a member. If you are interested in checking out one of the claims we would be glad to have you visit during one of our monthly meetings. We will show you how to pan and you can ask as many questions as you want.

Buckeye Chapter of the GPAA News

Special Event: 2015 Gold Rush Days September 5 & 6, 2015. Swank Claim. Click for more info.....

Buckeye Chapter Selected as Feature Club for October 2014 Lost Treasure Newsletter

Buckeye Chapter Annual Gold Rush Days Article - Columbus Dispatch - 9/1/2014

Follow This Link to an article and a 3 minute video of the Ohio Buckeye Chapter on WKYC 3 News

Bucky says "You're Invited to a Buckeye Chapter Meeting"
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New information on Hobby Gold Prospecting in Ohio - Click here for a PDF of a letter from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Notice to all GPAA Members. We are having a problems with trash: cans, bottles, tinfoil, non burnable items, being in campfires. Please do not burn these items. Remember: What you pack in...pack out. Thank You!

Reminder: GPAA Member's Camping Rules are: Maxium stay of camping is 14 days, with a minimum of 14 days between stays.

Important Information: For visitors to the Swank Lease. Due to Ohio camping regulations, the local and state Health Depts. required the GPAA to obtain a state issued campground permit for the Swank Lease. This was not an issue, and has been taken care of as shared by Chapter President Glenn Snider at the August 2014 meeting. However, state regulations require all dogs on the Swank Lease (their owners or guardians) to have their registration and rabies vaccination tags and / or paperwork in hand when visiting the property. This is mandatory, and not optional on our part. Random checks will take place on the property, so please follow regulations! Thanks!


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