Who are we?

We are the NorthWest Gold Prospectors Association, a non-profit gold prospecting club dedicated to promote the hobby of recreational gold prospecting and small scale mining.

​We organized in February 1996 and are 450 members and 450 additional on our emailing list strong and growing by the month. We helped start a Clearwater Chapter in the Lewiston-Orofino Area. Please take time to review our Membership Application & our Standing Rules and Code of Ethics. We would like to WELCOME you as a new member.

We hold monthly meetings throughout the year on the second Wednesday of the month and have outings the weekend following the meeting between May and October. We share knowledge and experience and have a great time in doing so. We have 12 gold claims that are open to the members and are actively pursuing the acquisition of additional claims. Some of our members open their personal claims to the membership. 

Eagle City Park is available to us for our monthly outings at no charge (unless you plan to camp overnight) and is open to families and individuals. The fee is $10 per family per day on non-outing weekends or $30 for the weekend including Friday night setup and $10 for the whole weekend to camp during outings. 

​Unless otherwise noted, the NorthWest Gold Prospectors meet at 7:00PM on the second Wednesday of each month at the Rathdrum Senior Center located at 8037 W Montana Street, Rathdrum, ID at the southwest corner of Montana Street and Highway 41.  Refreshments are donated by the members and are served at the meetings. Exciting and informative programs are presented by members and guest speakers.

The members bring and donate items for our raffles. Items range from a can of beans to gold nuggets. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  Every person who signs in will be given a ticket for a surprise door prize drawing. 

Outings are held at Eagle City Park the weekend following the monthly meetings between May and October unless otherwise announced at the meeting and in the Nugget News. A potluck dinner is held on Saturday afternoon at 4:00PM during the outing. Bring your table service, beverage and a dish or two. You do not have to participate in the outing to attend the potluck. 

Annual Membership Fees:  $20 Single, $25 Couple or $30 Family