Chris Ralph and I am a Professional Prospector will be our guest speaker for Tuesday March 26th’s General Meeting at 7:30PM.

Chris Ralph states the following: I make my income finding gold, silver, gemstones and mineral deposits which I sell to mining companies.  I have a degree in Mine Engineering and I’ve been digging my own gold for more than 40 years.

The “Mother Lode Country of California” is one of the richest gold regions on earth.  He will take a look at the geology of the whole region, how placer and hard rock deposits formed and the geologic history of the area.  He will focus on the gold geology of the Sierra Nevada and will speak to:

  • Why is there so much gold in the Sierra?
  • What created these gold deposits?

Chris’s presentations have interesting details to assist Club Members to focus on geology and methods to explore and identify gold deposits.  His books*, articles** and YouTube*** videos on prospecting can help you understand how gold deposits form, how to gather information on an area and how to prospect efficiently so you can find gold.  He has over the years been a contributing member of the Club, we all thank you. Personally, I work with only two others and following Chris’s information I have some fun finds. (WAL)

*Fists Full Of Gold, How you Can Find Gold In The Mountains And Deserts (January 2010), Secrets of Successful Prospecting Brand New (April 2019)

** Past Contributing Editor with ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal (articles & videos)

*** YouTube presentations on Prospecting and Mining (+ 231 videos)

Look for Chris Ralph, Professional Prospector – You Tube and SUBSCRIBE!

Downieville River Inn & Resort

“The One with the Pool”


Stay with us in a unique home-away-from-home, surrounded by the Tahoe National Forest, nestled in the quiet and historic gold rush town of Downieville. Current Comstock Gold Prospectors Club Members at the time of stay may ask for our discount and show current membership card at check-in.

Relax in comfortable guest rooms and cottages, each with private bath and porch or balcony. We have cottages with full kitchens and rooms with kitchenettes. Enjoy our beautiful gardens, picnic areas with barbecue grills, sauna and a clean, refreshing swimming pool.

Nearby you will find world class mountain bike trails, excellent trout fishing, hiking, kayaking, river rafting and gold panning. We are happy to be your guides to activities in the Downieville region.

We are located on the North Yuba River, along Highway 49 and the Yuba-Donner Scenic Byway. Our inn is just a short walk from the North Yuba and Downie rivers and surrounded by picturesque tree-lined hills.

Downieville River Inn is the best destination in the area for family reunions, club events, and other group get-togethers. We have plenty of space for everyone to enjoy, and we’re always happy to see our guests!

Call or email us today for a reservation.

Phone: (530) 289-3308


Address: 121 River Street, P.O. Box 412, Downieville, CA 95936


Tesla Charging Station available
for registered guests

We kindly ask our guests to smoke across the street on the levee

no smooking

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