• Gold Prospecting within Jefferson County


  • Open Space activity gold panning



    Recreational Gold Prospecting 

    Jefferson County Open Space allows recreational gold prospecting in Clear Creek only; from mm 270.5 west to the county line (approximately mile marker 260.5). Prospecting activities are prohibited in all other Jefferson County Open Space locations.                                               

    prospector_resize Digging into or destruction of stable shoreline, banks or existing vegetation is not permitted 

    • All prospecting holes must be filled in before leaving site

    • Dredges and equipment may not be left overnight

    • No prospecting within 100 feet of structures including bridges, steps and fish habitat improvements 

    • Only dredges with a nozzle diameter of four inches or fewer are permitted

    • No dripping or leaking of fuel or oil allowed

    All prospectors must adhere to all Jefferson County Open Space rules and regulations. Report active violations to Jeffco Sheriff’s non-emergency number: 303-271-0211   

     Reference  Rules and Regulations

    C.6. Destruction of Natural/Cultural Resources: It shall be unlawful to deface, damage, or in any other way vandalize any vegetation, rock, or any object of archaeological, biological, geological, or historical interest on Open Space lands. Fine: $125.00

    C.7. Collection of Natural Resources: It shall be unlawful to take, collect, gather, or possess any animal, vegetation, rock, wood or any other object on Open Space lands. Fine: $100.00

    C.8. Destruction of Wildlife Habitat: It shall be unlawful for any person, or any pet under their custody, control, or ownership, to alter, damage, destroy, remove or in any other way vandalize wildlife habitat features on Open Space lands, including but not limited to, animal dens, burrows, dwellings, or nests. Fine: $150.00

    C.29. Abandoned Property: It shall be unlawful to leave any personal property unattended on Open Space lands in excess of 24 hours unless authorized. Fine: $50.00