We are the NorthWest Gold Prospectors Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promote the hobby of recreational gold prospecting and small scale mining.
We organized February 1996 and are 450 members strong and growing by the month. We helped start a Clearwater Chapter in the Lewiston-Orofino Area. Please take time to review our Membership Application, Standing Rules and Code of Ethics. We would like to WELCOME you as a new member.
We hold monthly meetings throughout the year and have monthly outings between May and October. We share knowledge and experience and have a great time in doing so. We have 12 claims that are open to the members and are actively pursuing the acquisition of additional claims. Some of our members open their personal claims to the membership. Eagle City Park is available to us for our outings at no charge (unless you plan to camp overnight) and is open weekends to families and individuals. The fee is $20 per day on non-outing weekends or $40 for the weekend including Friday night setup and $20 for the whole weekend to camp during outings.
Unless otherwise noted, the NorthWest Gold Prospectors meet at 7:00PM on the second Wednesday of each month at the Rathdrum Senior Center located at 8037 W Montana Street, Rathdrum, ID at the southwest corner of Montana Street and Highway 41. Refreshments are donated by the members and are served at the meetings. Exciting and informative programs are presented by members and guest speakers.
The members bring and donate items for our raffles. Items range from a can of beans to gold nuggets. Raffle tickets are $1 each. Every person who signs in will be given a ticket for a surprise door prize drawing. The ID numbers of all PAID members will be put into drawing for a special prize at each meeting. You do not have to be present to win this prize, but you must be a member in good standing to be entered.
Outings are held at Eagle City Parkthe weekend following the monthly meetings between May and October unless otherwise announced at the meeting and in the Nugget News. A potluck dinner is held on Saturday afternoon at 4:00PM during the outing. Bring your table service, beverage and a dish or two. You do not have to participate in the outing to attend the potluck.
Annual Membership Fees: $20 Single, $25 Couple or $30 Family