Marilyn Potter, who runs a gold panning campground in Cherryville, B.C., near Vernon, B.C., said more people were grabbing a pan and shovel in an attempt to get rich.Trouble is, the odds of getting rich with gold panning are really low.
"Our campsite has booked up way quicker this year," she said. "We're normally not full until April, but this year everyone is looking for the big one."
I might as well confess: I've got a bite of the fever myself. This claim, #806782, happens to be mine; I bought it recently. If you're interested in placer mining as a serious hobby, you should go to this forum and register. Its owner, Jennifer Bond, and its members are experienced and down-to-earth. There are several claims for sale by the owner: I bought the one above from her.