We organize a gold panning camp including overnight stays, sing around the camp fire, great outdoor meals, and a day full of panning for your fortune in gold!
Run by Nugget Nick and Sausy Sophia, you’ll be finding gold flakes in no time!
For over 25 years Calavares River Quarry has been know for its gold ore, large tailings and prime river rock gravel. Now offered as an exciting variety of gold mining adventures and river side camping. We will share the real secrets of successful prospecting. The gold is in the river, panners have taken out ounces of gold from the one hole at our Gold Panning Camp.
Whether you are a family looking for a fun and interesting way to spend a few days on your way to Yosemite, a real adventurer, seeking the true secrets to successful prospecting, or a group organize, planning your next tour. we have the right place for you.
Be our guest, come to Jenny Lind, live the dream and take home some gold.
This old mining town, located on the banks of the Calaveras River, started out as a rich camp back in the early 1850’s. The river received its name from Gabriel Moraga who visited the region in 1806. Believed to be the first white man to enter what is now Calaveras County, he found many skulls along the banks of the river below San Andreas, prompting him to call it Calaveras, meaning “skulls” in Spanish. The river was rich and was widely worked during the Gold Rush. Placering, hydraulic mining, and dredging all took place in this area. Within a year the population of the camp was well over four hundred, a large number of the miners being Mexican and Chinese. The town had four general stores, two billiard halls, a bowling alley, smithy, post office, two hotels, saloons, churches and many homes. Being on the main road from Stockton, it was also an important freighting center for the area. Several accounts of how the town was named exist, but no one really knows which one is true. Did the famous Swedish singer, Jenny Lind, really tour California during her American visit? (No) The “Swedish Nightingale,” Jenny Lind, did tour the eastern cities in 1850-1852, managed by the great P. T. Barnum. Her tour created a furor of excitement throughout America and her name became famous across the country. The camp was most likely named in her honor, even though she never set foot in California. Jenny Lind is located twelve miles south of Valley Springs via Hwy 26
We have the best gold panning spot in the California motherlode.
Years of gold mining on this private property has proved the location is prime and there is still "gold in them hills" Contact us for your special trip into the past of the 49er's and come out with a vial of gold dust and hand bag of memories!