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Get a Membership Today - $134 for new yearly memberships.

What Is a Membership?

Congratulations! You have just found the largest prospecting organization in the world.

A membership gives you an edge as a prospector and has advantages whether you are new to gold prospectingor you have been prospecting for decades.

Access to Claims

With membership, you gain access to the hundreds of claims provided by the GPAA. Our claims span across the United States. That means there's probably one or more claims near you. The Mining Guide, provided to you in your new membership kit, gives details about each claim so you can get and get started prospecting.

What Do I Get?


  • Mining Guide. The mining guide is your one stop source for information. It provides geographic information and tells you what signs to look for when searching for gold. It also provides detailed information about each claim including turn-by-turn directions and what to expect when you get to the claim.
  • Access To all GPAA Properties.
  • Gold Prospectors Magazine. Learn more about new trends and equipment to make you a more effective prospector. Our publication provides great information about mining - past and present.
  • Patch, Decal, Sticker, Membership Card . Sport your pride as a GPAA member and fellow prospector with additional GPAA gear including a GPAA hat, patch and stickers. We're always happy to welcome new members, and this is our way of saying "thank you" for joining our community!

Access to Claims

Claims give you a legal place to mine. We have hundreds of claims across the entire United States. Most of our claims have good gold bearing potential while others can give you access to other elements such as gems. Our Mining Guide gives detailed information about each claim including topographic data, directions and what minerals and metals to expect.


The GPAA has a large and thriving chapter base. Chapters are congregations of like minded people, in this case, gold prospectors. Chapters and chapter events are the backbone of what makes the mining community great. They are a place for new comers to learn more about prospecting and old timers to prospect with their friends. Our organization is proud to support the local chapters by providing them with tools and helping them promote their events. By becoming a member, you also help support your local chapters and the gold prospecting community. We urge all of our new members to seek out their local chapter as chapters are a great place for learning about gold mining from the best kind of people - those who are passionate and have done it for years. When you join, your membership fees go directly to the California office.

NOTE: When joining, please remembers to designate the Bellville, OH Chapter as your affiliated chapter. By doing so, your membership helps us maintain your local claim.