Yes, I am slightly bitten by the gold bug. I live in Fairbanks, have a gold pan, gotten a few flakes only but have only gone out a few times to local public locations. But after my recent trip to Chicken and Eagle I became even more interested in gold panning. I don't know much about sluices though a guy showed me his (at the camp area, not in operation) and it is fascinating. Now I read that the Taylor Hiway has been washed out in several places from severe rainstorms and I'm just wondering if that is washing out some new gold. And how would one go about finding a place that someone could go panning recreationally? I stayed at Chicken Gold Camp for Chickenstock and am on their facebook page and people find LOTS of gold there. I think their prices are resonable as well. But I would rather just be out on my own somewhere and not in some commercial place (I'm sure some of you understand this.) I know nothing about claims or anything like that. Teach me oh wise ones. Please. I love the 40 Mile Country so am really interested in going up there again, but would be willing to go just about anywhere.