Gold Fever !!!           

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – April, 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

Thank you Kurt for showing us how to use the black magic clean up sluice. Most of the members had never seen one before or how they worked.

I had a wonderful time at the Greenbush gold and treasure show March 22-23. Lots of curious people came by the booth. They looked at our photo displays.  Some even knew where some of my pictures were taken. Some from Murfreesboro Diamond mines, Thermal city, and the UP brought up conversations with others who had been to the same places. If I didn't get them with the photo books I more than likely got them with my mineral collections. Even the mineral and gem dealers like my collection. I have one area where I put a seven pound chunk of float copper, and galena sample next to some coal and pumice for weight comparisons. Little kids real like this on as I let them handle the samples.

This was the last year the gold show will be in Sheboygan Falls as they are remolding the building into office spaces. Where the next show will be is still up in the air.

    Douglas Sasse had heart surgery last month we hope he makes a fast recovery.

                                                                             We will be seeing water soon Mike Fait


 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes March, 2014

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The March meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin on March 15th.  28 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.

The latest TV gold shows were discussed.

  Kurt Bublitz show his Black Magic recovery system, explained about the need to classify your material down to 30 mesh or smaller for good recovery and then ran some concentrates thru his machine so we could see how it preformed. Very fast work with real fine gold.

 Steve Miller got his English trip finds back. He brought them to the meeting to show he might bring them back again this fall to explain what they all were so everyone can see them.

 Ted Ehrhardt brought some interesting printouts from some web sites he had been reading. The sites are he had an article on fake gold nuggets. Also had charts for how much each pennyweight of gold was in ounces.

 New Business:

April’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of April on the 19th at 1:00 pm.   Please bring a dish to pass for lunch.

Guest speaker – Mike Fait will be showing his mineral collection that he takes to all the gold shows.

Donations to the raffle were from:  Dave and Bev Bender, Capt'n Bob Minshall, Richard Niemyjski, Larry Bender, Dan Koehler, Diane Kollins, Barb Bublitz and Val Thompson, hope I didn't miss anyone.


 50/50 raffle winner – John Schwingle

Gold raffle winners: Barb Bublirtz nugget, and jar of coins; Richard Niemyjski gem/gold bag

 Gold Price on 3/30/14 was $1,249.90                Silver Price on 3/30/14 was $19.82

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor




Gold Sites

There are many locations within Iowa where gold can be found. In general, the gold in Iowa is relatively fine (flour gold) compared to other states, but it does exist none the less! Gold is present from glacially deposited material that covers much of the state. It is supposedly from Minnesota and Canada, with the glaciers eroding those gold rich rocks, mixing them with other rocks and depositing them in Iowa. The largest concentrations are along rivers and streams that cut through these glacial deposits. Focus on deposits of "black sand" and especially in areas of dark red, iron oxidized and hematite rich areas above creek banks...these will typically always provide the richest returns with occasional flakes! (I'm still hunting for a nugget...I'm sure some are there...somewhere!) Here are some locations gold has been reported:

Adel: Flour gold can be found along the Racoon River and tributaries near Adel in Dallas County. (NTO can confirm this, having found fine glacial gold in nearby tributaries.)

Bush Creek & the Volga River: Fayette and Clayton Counties.

Des Moines River: Near Pella, Douds and Farmington. Fine gold has been found near the Pella-Harvey bridge just North of Harvey. The fine gold is usually found in the sand layer in the river bank.

Douds: Check local bodies of water, rivers and streams. Especially the Des Moines River.

Eldora: Gold was reportedly found 7 miles north of the town along the Iowa River and also south of town. It is also the site of one of the few minor "gold rush" areas in the state. READ THIS fine article.

Farmington: Check local bodies of water, rivers and streams, especially the Des Moines River.

Fayette County: Glacial deposits of gold can be found along the Volga river.

Hardin County: Gold was reported found in this area around 1877 by old prospectors and there are also reports that they buried their gold nuggets along the Iowa River.

Iowa River: In Hardin County around Iowa Falls. Fine gold has been found about 2.5 miles Northwest of Le Grand at the Three Bridges County Recreation area. The area has been on the north side of the river, just west of the old 1880s bridge found in the center of the park.

Little Sioux River: Klondike in Lyon County (One of Iowa's only commercial gold mining ventures).

Okoboji: Gold can be found in the various Lakes in the area. (NTO can confirm this, having found some very fine glacial gold on a shoreline.)

Otter Creek: Near West Union. In 1904, the Iowa Geological Survey Annual Report XV stated that $1-$1.50 worth of gold could be panned from Otter Creek by a patient washer in a day. (Gold was around $20.50 an ounce at that time).

Skunk River: Some flake gold has been found in the South Skunk River, Southwest of Newton and near Highway 14.

Steamboat Rock: Hardin County.

Wadena: 4 miles west of town off of a gravel road.

Yellow Banks State Park: Located near Altoona. Gold supposedly found nearby.


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 ( 715-384-9265

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2160

Secretary – Jeanne Morrison 715-316-2160

Newsletter Editor - Diane North ( 608-635-7031

Treasure – Gayle Fait ( 715-384-9265

Outing Chairman – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

Claims Director – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

State Director – Mike Flint ( 608-372-0694

Upcoming Events

April 25, 26, & 27, 2014 – Springtime in the Parrish Outing.(Wausau Outing)

May 3-4, 2014 - Heart of Wisconsin Rock and Gem show Marshfield senior High School

May 17, 2014 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm – Speaker May 17 Dr. William Cordua will talk on meteorites and wrongs

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 - site to be determined (Tomah Outing)

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

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

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