June Newsletter 2014


Gold Fever !!!           

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – June, 2014


Welcome to the 2014 GOLD FEVER Newsletter.  Another year, another gold prospecting opportunity.  If you have not tried to find gold, you need to give it a try.  Let us know if you need help to get started, there are many people with experience that the help you.

The Tomah, Wisconsin GPAA Chapter newsletter is your newsletter, please let me know what you would like to see in it, we hope to bring you more information in the coming year.   I hope you enjoy the information and articles included in this newsletter.   You can receive this Newsletter by mail, by either attended a meeting, or sent a book of stamps for postage.  

We are also always looking for speakers, we need to help out our great president (Mike Fait).  He has been putting the programs together with very little help.  If you have taken a trip or just have a story about somewhere, we would like to hear about it.  You do NOT need to be an expert speaker; everyone likes to hear about what other members are doing.

Do not forget the Newsletter and pictures can always be found at:


President’s Message

Hi all. finally good weather. I got my cleanup tub in the back yard and have already clean up more material than I did all winter. I bought a bag of sand from Menard not one speck of gold must be wrong kind of sand. I'm not as lucky as Tom was but then I don't know where the sand in my bag came from the parent company is from Georgia but I don't think the sand was packed there it had some limestone in it. Looked like the material you see in eastern Wisconsin or northern Illinois.

    I want to say thank you to Dr. William Cordua for the fine presentation he gave on meteorites and wrongs. I hope all who were there learned something. He is a very good speaker and can identify any rocks you can show him.

    This month we will be having and outing to Nugget Lake County Park. I am camping there in site # 51 Gary and Jennie are also camping there. It is probably already to0 late to get a camp site but you can try there number is 715-639-5611. There is a $5.00 entry fee per car to be paid before entering the park at the ranger station. Remember I you did in the creek no digging in the banks I get reminded of this every year when I go there.

  Also there will be no meeting in July at the town hall. There will be a metal detecting hunt on July 19 instead. We will meet in the town of Ontario and Rich will lead us on the hunt.

  The land we looked at for the GPAA lease was not a proved, we are still look for a lease in the state of Wisconsin.                                                        See you in the creeks Mike Fait


 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes May, 2014

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The April meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin on May 17th.  32 members and guests attended the March meeting.

We are still looking for a Librarian. Let Mike know if you would like to volunteer or we won't have one

Guest Speaker was Bill Cordua – Retired Geo Professor.  He instructed everyone on the Meteorites and Meter-wrongs.   Some but not all meterites are magnetic, most are stony - rounded masses.  Mifflin Meterites can be found in a line between Mineral Point and Livingston Wisconsin.  To learn more about meteorite identification check out



 New Business:


June’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of June on the 21st at noon at Nugget Lake  County Park.   Please bring a dish to pass for lunch.  More information on next page.


Donations to the raffle were from:  Bev and Dave Bender, Larry Bender, Capt'n Bob Minshall, Mike Fait, Richard Niemyjski, Wayne Ellefson Sr., Robert Wysocky, Richard Powel, Jeff Hastings, and Val Thompson, hope I didn't miss anyone.



 50/50 raffle winner – Richard Niemyjski

Gold raffle winners: Jeanne Morrison, Wayne Ellefson. and Richard Powell

 Gold Price on 5/31/14 was $1,251.30                Silver Price on 5/31/14 was $18.81

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor

MAY THERE BE GOLD IN EVERY PAN !!!!       0511-1001-1705-4846_Old_Prospector_Panning_for_Gold_clipart_image


Tomah Chapter Outing at Nugget County Park – June 21st, 2014

This Outing will take place at the Nugget Lake County Park near Plum City, Wisconsin.  Nugget Lake county Park was named for the gold mining that took place in the late 1800’s.  The Wausau Prospectors have been invited to participate in this Outing.  There is camping available at Nugget Lake and it is recommended that you make reservation very early.  You can pan and sluice in the creek that runs through the park and you can metal detect as well.  Fill in all holes when done.  All activities will take place on Saturday June 21.  Please bring a dish to pass.  Hot dogs & Hamburgers will be furnished.  Contact person is Mike Fait at 715-384-9265.

Park Information:

Camping fees are paid in addition to entrance fees.

Directions to Nugget Lake County Park:

Located 2 miles off Co. Rd. CC on Co. Rd. HH near Plum City, Wi.  From the Twin Cities:  exit I-94E at Hwy 635 to Hwy 72E.  From Eau Claire:  exit I-94W at Hwy 1285 to Hwy 29W.  From Red Wing:  Hwy 63N to Hwy 10E or72E.

Information & Reservations:

Fees: An entry fee is required for every vehicle entering Nugget Lake County Park 

Daily Entrance - $5.00 (Per Vehicle/Per Day)

Nugget Lake County Park, N4351 Co. Rd. HH, Plum City, Wi  54761    Phone:  (715) 639-5611

E-mail:  micp@centurytel.net





  • 752 acres of semi-wilderness
  • 55 unit campground all with electrical hook-ups
  • 5 camping cabins w/heat and AC
  • Modern comfort stations w/hot showers & flush toilets
  • Modern playground equipment for children
  • Sanitary dump station for campers
  • Weekend Nature Movies at an Outdoor Amphitheater
  • Weekend Naturalist Programs
  • Beautiful 116 acre lake
  • Several miles of hiking trails
  • Boat ramp and dock
  • Electric trolling motors only
  • Excellent bass and pan fishing year-round
  • Accessible fishing pier
  • Canoe, kayak and boat rental available
  • Unique geological formations
  • Picnic area with two large picnic shelters
  • Parking for over 50 cars
  • Pure drinking water



Items for Sale:

Tomah Gold Club t-shirts – with Gold Club emblem and created either with your personal name or without your name.  Contact Mike Fait if you are interested.

For Sale: Fisher 1220 metal detector with headphones and manual $300 call Ted Ehrhardt (608)985-7360 or (608)415-1661

Officers – all officers were re-elected for 2014.

President – Michael Fait (mgfait@charter.net) 715-384-9265

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2160

Secretary – Jeanne Morrison 715-316-2160

Newsletter Editor - Diane North (dbnorth@centurytel.net) 608-635-7031

Treasure – Gayle Fait (mgfait@charter.net) 715-384-9265

Outing Chairman – Richard Niemyjski (richnski@frontiernet.net) 608-637-3295

Claims Director – Richard Niemyjski (richnski@frontiernet.net) 608-637-3295

State Director – Mike Flint (mwink12@excite.com) 608-372-0694

Upcoming Events

 June 21, 2014 - Nugget Lake County Park. Call for camping reservations 715-639-5611

July 18-20, 2014 - Upper Michigan Copper and Rock hunting (Wausau Outing)

July 19, 2014 - Metal Detecting - in Ontario Wis. (Tomah Outing)

July, 2014 - Dredging and sluicing in Indiana (Greenbush Outing)

August 16, 2014 - Dry washing Robert Wysocki

Sept 12-14, 2014 - Snider Lake outing (Wausau Outing)

Sept, 26 – 28, 2014 - Fall in Parrish (Dennis Laubenstein outing)

Wisconsin Area Clubs

Greenbush Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 3:00 pm in the Greenbush Town Hall, N644 Sugarbush Rd, Greenbush Wi. – Contact: Ron Smith 920-207-4092

Midstate Metal Detecting Club – meets every 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 pm at Shooters Bar and Restaurant at the intersection of Hwy 39 and 54, next to the Shell Station.  Contact: Steve Miller 715-572-1845

Wausau Prospectors – meets the 1st Saturday of the month at 11:00 am in the community room at Cedar Creek Mall next to I-39 just north of Gander Mountain.  Take I-39 exit 185.  Contact:  Kurt Bublitz 715-340-2831 or e-mail lizzy101@charter.net

Wisconsin Northwoods Adventures GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 11:00 am, at Rice Lake Regional Airport located west of Cameron and west of hwy53 on 19th St., Rice Lake, Wi.  Contact: Mike Wiersma 715-833-7603