The Lynx Creek area was one of the largest producers of placer gold and gold placer deposits in the state of Arizona. Gold nuggets in excess of 24 ounces were recovered here during the gold rush days of Arizona. Over 100,000 ounces of placer gold have been recorded as discovered by the early miners but this estimate is most likely very low. Still today Lynx Creek remains a placer gold producing creek and many lode gold deposits have been discovered in the area as well. The United States Forest Service (USFS) has set aside a huge area of land for people to enjoy gold panning and this area is still open today.
The allowed methods of gold prospecting on Lynx Creek consists of gold pans, metal detectors and basic hand tools. No gas or electric powered gold prospecting equipment is allowed. If you are in question of legality please contact the USFS. You will want to refer to this web page to get specific details regarding public gold prospecting on Lynx Creek. Many gold prospectors in the Prescott area are daily regulars to Lynx Creek and those that have thoroughly worked to understand the area and how the gold is deposited in Lynx Creek have found up to 1/2 pound of fine gold per year just using gold pans. Its like all other aspects of finding gold placers and recovering fine gold, you have to work at it to be successful. If you are planning a trip through Arizona and have the time you may want to try your hand at gold prospecting in the Lynx Creek Drainage area. You can also rent cabins nearby.
If you plan on visiting Prescott and want to not only pan for gold but learn a little about the history of the area a Trip to the Sharlot Hall Museum is in order. At the museum you can discover the history of gold prospecting in the Prescott area and much more.
Below are some pictures of myself and some friends prospecting for gold in the general Lynx Creek and Prescott gold producing areas.