Plumas County, California is one of the West's top gold producing regions. With over 700 active placer claims, it makes number 6 on our list of top counties to find gold.
Plumas County has 821 mine records in the USGS MRDS database. Gold mines are the most common mine type, with 588 mines being listed with gold as a primary commodity.
Plumas County has nine 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.
Plumas county was the location of extensive hydraulic gold mining, with peak production being between the years of 1855 and 1871. Gold production through 1965 from all gold mining activity was estimated to be over 4.5 million ounces.
Plumas County contains at least 15 historically important gold mining districts.