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If you like to dig for gold so does the OSPA, we love to dig for gold.

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Welcome to The Ohio State Prospectors Association

The premiere club for all things prospecting in Ohio.  Gold panning, highbanking, dredging, sluicing, metal detecting, rock hounding, gem grubbing or fossil hunting.  Discussions about all of these outdoor activities in the Buckeye State can be found on our forum.  Sign up here

Wondering if there is Gold in Ohio?  Click Here to find out.

There is Gold in Ohio and the OSPA has four of the best gold claims in the state.  More info on OSPA claims.

Thinking about joining a propecting club or interested in learning more about gold prospecting or the OSPA?  Come to a meeting or join the forum and introduce yourself. Guests are always welcome.


Hope For Homeless 'Coats'

The OSPA is proud to have sponsored a coat/sleeping bag for the homeless of Zanesville, OH and encourage those with the means to do so as well.  Donations from the most recent meeting resulted in an extra $300 to go to getting coats.  Thanks OSPA board and members!!
The donations will be used for EMPWR coats that are water resistent, convert into a sleeping bag and can be worn as an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use.  The coats are made by The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit based non-profit that hires single parents from local shelters, provides them with training and full-time employment so they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence.
Details about how to donate click here or on the image below.


Next Meeting

Next meeting is Feb 26th, 2017 at the Cabelas, Columbus, OH  If you need the address or directions please use the form at this link,  Contact Us and I will get the information to you. Meetings start promptly at 11am with potluck and raffle to follow.  Don't forget, meetings are open to everyone, so if you are thinking about joining a prospecting club, come on out and and see what the OSPA has to offer.  Hope to see you there.

Last Meeting

Last meeting was at Cabelas, Columbus, OH.  Attendance was up for members and guests as the gold fever mounts for the upcoming year.  The meetings are a good place to see a little gold and have a chance to win some nice stuff.  It was good to see so many faces excited about prospecting and the activities of the upcoming year.

Hope you can make the next meeting.  Contact Us for information if you want to attent a meeting as a guest, everyone is invited.

Common Dig -  DoubleD 2016

A common dig is where a group will join efforts in their digging, usually on shared equipment, and share the concentrates when they are done.  It's a great way to get to know others and get people that don't have powered equipment, so really nice cons.  I always loved the common digs (even though I missed this one) and am really happy to see the OSPA doing more of them. - OSPA Webmaster

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News & Events

OSPA Meeting Schedule 2017

Meetings start  at 11:00am with potluck and raffle to follow.
Jan 22 - Cabelas, Columbus, OH
Feb 26 - 
Cabelas, Columbus, OH
Mar 26 - 
Buckabilly Sluice, Willard, OH

Buckeye Chapter of the GPAA

Link to Buckeye Chapter meeting schedule 

Southern OH Tri-State Chapter GPAA

Link to S. OH Tri-State Chapter Facebook Page

GPAA Gold and Treasure Show Dates

Complete GPAA Show Schedule Click Here

Other Shows in Ohio

If you have a show you want listed for Ohio, please Contact Us Here.


This Week on the Creek

Open House Weekend at the Norris Claim.  Plenty of people make out to enjoy the nice weather, nice water and nice gold!! Full picture gallery can be viewed here.



Gold Lesson

Golds atomic number of 79 makes it one of the higher atomic number elements which occur naturally. Like all elements with atomic numbers larger than iron, gold is thought to have been formed from a supernovae nucleosynthesis process. Their explosions scattered metal-containing dusts (including heavy elements like gold) into the region of space in which they later condensed into our solar system and the Earth. On Earth, whenever elemental gold occurs, it appears most often as a metal solid solution of gold with silver, i.e. a gold silver alloy. Such alloys usually have a silver content of 8 - 10%. Electrum is elemental gold with more than 20% silver. Electrums color runs from golden silvery to silvery, dependent upon the silver content. The more silver, the lower the specific gravity. Relative sizes of a an 860kg rock ore, and the 30g of gold that can be extracted from it. Toi gold mine, Japan. Gold left behind after pyrite cube dissolved away.Gold is found in ores made up of rock with very small or microscopic particles of gold. This gold ore is often found together with quartz or sulfide minerals such as Fools Gold, which is a pyrite. These are called lode deposits. Native gold is also found in the form of free flakes, grains or larger nuggets that have been eroded from rocks and end up in alluvial deposits (called placer deposits). Such free gold is always richer at the surface of gold-bearing veins owing to the oxidation of accompanying minerals followed by weathering, and washing of the dust into streams and rivers, where it collects and can be welded by water action to form nuggets. Gold sometimes occurs combined with tellurium as the minerals calaverite, krennerite, nagyagite, petzite and sylvanite, and as the rare bismuthide maldonite (Au2Bi) and antimonide aurostibite (AuSb2). Gold also occurs in rare alloys with copper, lead, and mercury: the minerals auricupride (Cu3Au), novodneprite (AuPb3) and weishanite ((Au,Ag)3Hg2). Recent research suggests that microbes can sometimes play an important role in forming gold deposits, transporting and precipitating gold to form grains and nuggets that collect in alluvial deposits.