About Us

Rattlesnake Randy – Head Panner

Rattlesnake Randy is a gold miner and California State Gold panning Championship medalist in Speed panning. Randy has been panning gold for several years and enjoys teaching the technique and methods of Gold Panning that he has learned through the years to people all ages. So come grab a Gold Pan and learn how to pan for gold with Rattlesnake Randy!

Matt – Tour Guide

Matt has been giving tours and teaching gold panning at Big Thunder since 2003, and what started as just another summer job has quickly turned into his greatest passion. Matt absolutely loves meeting new guests and sharing Big Thunder’s story with them. His favorite guests, of course, are the children, and he goes out of his way to personalize the tour for them and really involve them in the process.

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