Active mining claims such as Sandy Beach in Douglas, the rock dump, Lemon Creek or Thane Beach are not open to the public for panning. The removal of minerals or gold from active claims or patented land exposes the trespasser to criminal action including attempted and/or grand larceny.
With the rise of gold prices, such activity is becoming much more common, but legal action to defend the mineral rights will likely follow. The general public needs to know where open, unclaimed land is and respect others' property rights. Either get permission or explore unclaimed land.
Dr. Roger Eichman
President, Juneau Mining District