Are you staying at Camp Williams? Did you know that Camp Williams played a big part in the 1870's Southern California Gold Rush? It is also the last deeded land on the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. It is on the famous East Fork of the San Gabriel River home of the 1870 Souther Californai Gold Rush. The San Gabriel River has been continually producing gold since the 1800's. Interested in the history, want to know how to find that elusive color. Contact Placer Pete atPlacer Petes Gold Experience
and we will coordinate a gold adventure while you camp at Camp Williams! You will get to visit with Placer Pete himself and he will let you in on some of the history of Camp Williams, Eldoradoville and Johnny Knocks Portwood (the bad man of the canyon). Here about the lost treasure stories and the rumored locations. Who knows, you may be the one who finds the buried stagecoach saddlebags filled with gold!
So if you are planning on staying at Camp Williams, contact us. After a few questions about your camping dates and other information, we will coordinate your Placer Pete's Experience and make your camping trip more of a gold prospecting adventure! The cost of this adventure varies on your desires.
Contact us for more details, we will be happy to cutomize an adventure for you and your fellow campers. (Fee's can run from $12.50 - $25 per person depending on what you would like, with a 2 person minimum)
Pete's Experince #1 Prices (they may vary with the season) - 2 person minimum
$12.50 / person (a visit with Pete. Pete will help you with finding gold, explain where it can be found, how to read the river, how to pan and more. You will also get a history talk of the area, like where is Eldoradoville, why do parts of the mountian look like thay have rows in them and some of them are just bare, are there any burried treasure stories of the area and who is Johnny Knox Portwood? He will answer any question you have (that he can of course). You will need to bring your own panning equipment - no gold guarentee) No Equipment? See our other options.
$20 / person (a visit with Pete (see above) and get his help with looking for gold. Pete will also supply you with a beginners gold pan per person, with vial and sucker tweezers - no gold guarentee but you get to keep the panning equipment!)
$25 / person (same as above but Pete will stay with your group until at least on person in your party finds some real gold!)
Arrangements can be made for any size group. Have a youth group? Contact us for special pricing, Pete loves working with youth groups!
Well this is nice but you really want to have the ultimate Prospecting experience for you and your family? Experience #2 is for you!
Experience #2- Placer Pete's Gold Camp - 2017 interest list forming - Send an Email by Clicking this link Placer Petes Gold Experience
So - What is Placer Pete's Gold Camp?
Perhaps the most fun you will ever have in a weekend, that's all. Relive the 1870's Southern California Gold Rush on the San Gabriel River. Discover the rich history of the historic East Fork! You will camp right along the river for 2 nights with your fellow prospectors. Camp at historic Camp Williams; the last privately owned campsite along the East Fork and home to Placer Pete's Gold Camp. For the price of admission you will get:
*We can't guarantee that everyone will find gold - but we will guarantee that some lucky campers will find gold at this camp.
**meals subject to change.
Pete’s camp out usually happens in late June and usually sells out by February- March of each year. If you are interested send an email and we will place you on the interest list for the next camp.
Placer Petes Gold Experience