Big Thunder Gold Mine is open as usual through the end of October:

  • Masks can be worn for our mine tours, but are not required.
  • We put 2 cap-fulls of bleach in our Gold Panning troughs to eliminate any virus. Gloves can be used if you are allergic.
  • Hand sanitizer is available on-site for anybody who needs it.
  • Indoor and outdoor seating is available at the Big Thunder Bar & Grill.

See you soon,
Sandi McLain

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Strike Gold with Gold Panning Tips from “Rattlesnake” Randy

Hello Folks!  Well, I am now a member of the world-wide  blogging community!  I hope through this I can explain to you the fun and thrill of gold panning and sluicing in the outdoors.

We at Big Thunder Gold Mine in Keystone, South Dakota make it our mission to teach basic gold panning and sluicing in both our troughs at the gold mine, and down river at our off-site mining claim.  We specialize in placer mining – which means gold that has eroded from the hills and washed down into the rivers and creeks.

What I enjoy most is being outdoors, good exercise, nature, and the scenery of the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.  When I do find gold, it’s simply a bonus.

I’ll be writing on this blog regularly this season.  I hope my information and techniques will be helpful in your search for gold.  Have a great day and, as always, “Keep your pan in the water.”

“Rattlesnake Randy”

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