We visited 16 yr old Parker Schnabel at his Big Nugget Mine...
where their operation is in full swing. Parker explained the workings of the "grizzly" and "jig" while we stood beside the raging Porcupine Creek.
Parker brought each of us a pan and a bag of dirt so we could try our luck. Soon everyone was working the pan like pros and after a bit you could hear the holler of delight as they glimpsed gold in the bottom of their pan! Everyone was thrilled to find $20 to $30 dollar nuggets in their pan! Parker is a great gold host.
Their gold mine operation is right there and visible for a sneak peak at the happenings on the site. You can't see their set up from the main road, they have it blocked off to visitors. The only way to view their mine is on the Schnabel's land, as they are neighbors with the Porcupine Creek in the middle.
We had 3 tours go out for our starting week of the Gold Rush to Porcupine Tour. Gold Fever was contagious with many saying they want to come back for more gold panning. They also said they would check out Discovery Channel's TV show next season as Parker Schnabel is being filmed more often this summer and may become a little celebrity himself. He is such a cute kid, he deserves all the success in the world!