Most people think of Lake Anna State Park as the park that is close to Dominion Powers’ North Anna Nuclear Power Plant. While this is true, the history of the park’s land takes us to a different source of power – gold!
Before becoming a state park, the property was known as Gold Hill and was part of the Goodwin Gold Mine. The land for the park was acquired in 1972 and work began on developing the park which opened in 1983.
2. Fill your pan nearly full of sand and gravel, removing all stones (marble size and larger) by hand.
3. Place the pan under the water and get all the material wet, mixing it by hand.
4. Begin to shake (rotate) the pan from side to side, giving the heavy minerals, including gold, a chance to settle to the bottom of the pan.
5. Place the pan in a slow-moving current and tip the pan to the front, causing the lighter material to be washed over the front of the pan and carried away by the current.
6. Continue to rotate the contents of the pan and wash the lighter material over the front of the pan; add water as necessary.
Gold panning is fun for all ages