Placer County, California is one of the West's top gold producing regions. With over 500 active placer claims, it makes number 4 on our list of top counties to find gold. The County also has around 120 active lode claims.
Placer County has 1,392 mine records in the USGS MRDS database. Gold mines are overwhelmingly the most common mine type, with 1,113 mines being listed with gold as a primary commodity.
Placer County has eleven gold mines that the USGS identifies as significant producers, which is notable given that it is not uncommon for many counties in the West to have no mines considered significant.
Placer County contains at least 15 historically important gold mining districts.
While the majority of Placer County mines are gold producers, the area southeast of Sugar Pine Reservoir has a high concentration of primarily chromium mines.