I heard a discussion on the radio today about a guy who pans for gold in rivers. With current prices, he says he makes $100-200 a day. I forget what state he was in (it was back East). From the discussion, it was evident that he was up in some mountain stream, frogging around in ice-cold water. The host did mention that it is possible to pan for gold in all fifty states (though personally I'm not sure about Rhode Island ;-) Curious if anyone has done this. As I live in PDX, by the time I bought the gear and drove East for a few hours, burned that gas, spent a few days, drove back, etc. I doubt it would be a money-making operation. But it might be fun to try sometime.