Try your luck at gold panning in one of Maine’s stream beds or go rock hunting for tourmaline, aquamarine, beryl, garnet, or amethyst in one of the state’s quarries. The Swift River near Byron (off of Route 17 between Rangeley and Rumford – Western Mountains & Lakes Region) is the most popular area for gold panning and has produced some of the larger nuggets found in the state. In general, the most productive spots in Maine for gold, gemstones and minerals are various locations in Franklin, Oxford, Somerset, and Washington Counties.
Other areas known to produce some gold:
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