The Saskatchewan River has been found to have some gold deposits that recreational miners can be interested in especially if they can locate a good concentration. Panning is a popular means of searching for gold deposits in these rivers, as and
MORE DETAILS: River Gold Elk Point Historical Society. Most people seeking gold on the North Saskatchewan River used the panning method They partially filled their gold pans with gold bearing sand and gravel then agitated it under water thus separating the heavy gold flakes from the lighter black sand Mercury was then used to attract the gold flakes gathered in the bottom of the pan
Recreational gold panning is allowed in Saskatchewan; however, there are no specific regulations for recreational gold panning or placer mining in the province. The Mineral Tenure Registry Regulations are applicable to any Crown mineral rights issued for the exploration and production of gold by any means, including placer mining.
Gold was first discovered in Saskatchewan near Prince Albert in 1859 in the North Saskatchewan River. The province began producing gold in small quantities in the early 1900s from placer deposits along the North Saskatchewan River and its tributaries.