Southwest Washington Gold Prospectors


Prospecting Etiquette

Knowing and observing a few basic rules will help make everyone's digging more enjoyable and productive:


I WILL respect private property and will not treasure hunt without the owner's written permission.

I WILL NOT destroy private property, buildings, or what is left of ghost towns and deserted structures.

I WILL NOT tamper with others' signs, structural facilities, or equipment.

I WILL remove and properly dispose of trash that I find and use.

I WILL NOT litter.

I WILL leave gates as found.

I WILL appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources, wildlife, fisheries, and private property.

I WILL be thoughtful, considerate, and courteous to those around me at all times.

I WILL respect all laws or ordinances, and especially those governing prospecting and mining.

I WILL have on site all necessary permits and licenses.

I WILL only build fires in designated or safe places and in accordance with current federal, state, and local guidelines.

I WILL protect my hobby and act as a good-will ambassador at all times.

I WILL fill in all holes when I am finished prospecting, treasure hunting, or metal detecting.



GPAA  Mission Statement

The mission of the Gold Prospectors Association of America is to further the advancement of gold prospecting and treasure hunting by: