Gold fever

Gold mining at the Rogue River has increased in popularity due to soaring gold prices, currently valued at $1,250 an ounce.

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History repeats itself as people from around the country travel to Oregon for their chance to strike it rich.

The prospect of gold entices miners to the Rogue River, despite permitting requirements and the investment of mining equipment, which can run upwards of $10,000.

Between 10 and 15 people were panning, sluicing and diving for gold under sultry summer skies Tuesday afternoon. Susan Smith drove cross-country from North Carolina to join her family members on the Rogue River. Jimmy Fuller, a friend from Livingston, Texas, is prospecting for the first time.

Panning for gold by hand does not require a permit. Permits are required for those utilizing motorized equipment which can be used only on the wetted perimeter of the waterway, said Bob Lobdell, natural resource coordinator for the Oregon Department of State Lands.


Read the full story at the Mail Tribune.