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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

Next Event: BCGPAA August 2014 Meeting - Saturday, August 9, 2014. Swank Claim. Click for more info........

Special Event: 2014 BCGPAA Gold Rush Days - August 30 & 31. Click for more info........

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.



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