The Lost Dutchman's Stanton Camp is busting at the seams with history. This ghost town turned gold prospecting camp was the hideout for legendary outlaw Charlie Stanton in the 1800's. Today it is a favorite destination for gold prospectors and adventurers alike.
Embark on a Journey to Strike it Rich
Join the Ranks of Adventure-Seeking Prospectors and Outdoor Enthusiasts Today!
At Lost Dutchman's Mining Association (LDMA), you're not just joining an adventure club—you're becoming a part of a family that thrives on the thrill of gold prospecting and the serenity of the great outdoors.
An Array of Adventures Beyond Gold
Whether you're looking to test your metal detecting skills, embark on relic outings, or enjoy co-hosted events by industry giants like MineLab and Garrett, we've got you covered. Not a prospector? Dive into a variety of other leisure activities including fishing, kayaking, ATV off-road adventures, and much more!
Camp Under the Stars in Luxury or Simplicity
Choose your pace of life at any of our properties across the US. Opt for full RV hookups or embrace the simplicity of dry camping with nightly rates that won't break the bank. Our campgrounds boast amenities from bathhouses to community kitchens—and don't forget the incredible scenery!
Family Fun with a Dash of Learning and Adventure
One membership opens the door to countless memories with loved ones. Learn together, explore, and share joyous moments in the midst of nature. Become part of an ever-growing community that values connections and experiences.
Gold-Bearing Camps from Coast to Coast
With properties in California, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, and beyond, we stand on some of the richest gold-bearing territories. Find the perfect spot for your next expedition!
Unbeatable Member Benefits
- Exclusive access to over a dozen private campgrounds and more than 30 mining claims.
- Full hookup RV sites from $12/night and dry camping from only $5/night.
- The freedom to stay up to 6 months at a stretch, making each visit truly immersive.
- A strong community with over 6,500 members forging bonds over the shared love for prospecting.
Here It from Our Members!
Always a great time at any of the camps that we have visied over the years, always great camp hosts and always very friendly! Our favorite is Stanton Camp, and on our way there for another wonderful winter!
great club!...great people!!...gettin great gold!!...and having fun!
We have been going to LDMA camps for a couple of years ago. We absolutely love being members of the LDMA. We have met some really great people on these adventures. Members have been so willing to teach us and show us around. We recommend joining the fun!
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Experience the wonders of high desert prospecting in the picturesque state of California! Embark on thrilling adventures in the wide-open desert, with ample space for camping and relaxation. Discover new friendships while reconnecting with old companions in this family-oriented camp. Join us for an unforgettable experience amidst breathtaking landscapes and everlasting memories!
Italian Bar California
Experience the wonders of LMDA Italian Bar Camp, a captivating destination for gold panning along the Stanislaus River. Nestled six miles north of Sonora and within close proximity to the restored 1851 gold rush town of Columbia on the South Fork of the Stanislaus River, this historic gold rush mine holds tales of the legendary "Legend of Zorro." Embark on a journey through time and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of this extraordinary location.
Scott River California
LDMA Scott River is situated in the heart of one of California's earliest gold finds and the pioneering discovery in the scenic Siskiyou Mountains of Northern California. It was in January of 1850 that John Scott unearthed gold in this area, traversed by the Scott River and bestowed with the intriguing moniker of Scott Bar in his honor. Brace yourself for the enchanting splendor of this captivating countryside!
Blue Bucket Oregon
Experience the beauty of LDMA Blue Bucket, where patented land offers the perfect camping oasis. With both scenic flatlands and gentle rolling hills, this destination is truly remarkable. Embark on your adventure and discover the gold that gleams within the stream gravel, bench gravel, and high bench deposits. As you explore, keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that frequents the area, including majestic chukar, elk, and deer. It's an ideal place to create lasting family memories, whether you choose to stay for a weekend retreat or an entire week.
Burnt River Oregon
Bring family and embark on a unique gold prospecting adventure at LDMA Burnt River Mining Camp in Eastern Oregon. From one day to the next, Burnt River offers breathtaking views of nature's finest. Beyond just the allure of gold, there are other perks waiting to be explored. The camp allows you to immerse yourself in the great wilderness, where the only sounds you'll hear are the melodious songs of birds serenading those who listen, the soothing murmur of the river, and the gentle breeze rustling through the trees. If you're patient enough, you may even catch a glimpse of a flock of turkeys, a herd of deer, or the majestic Big Horn sheep passing by. If you crave a timeout to rediscover that inner peace that only nature can provide, join me at Burnt River.
Vein Mountain North Carolina
This area boasts deep layers of alluvial gravels, with dense clay layers in between. Soft bedrock overlays the region, both within LDMA Vein Mountain and its surroundings. The property is dotted with numerous gold-bearing quartz veins, making it an ideal destination for a family weekend getaway. Nestled in a tranquil wooded setting, you are bound to discover the perfect avenue for relaxation.
Loud Mine Georgia
the ultimate blend of Great Gold, Great Friends, and Great Memories at LDMA Loud Mine, Georgia's premier prospecting destination! This haven beckons families to relish the joys of the great outdoors with a plethora of activities to indulge in. From swimming, fishing, kayaking, and hiking to the exhilarating pursuit of gold mining and prospecting, there's no shortage of excitement and adventure. Immerse yourself in the charm of organized events and multi-day outings, making cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Discover the perfect campground that exudes a warm and family-friendly ambiance, catering to all your desires.
Oconee South Carolina
The hidden treasures of Oconee Camp, where precious gold awaits. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this rustic retreat and indulge in the thrill of a few extra pounds—after all, gold is known to be heavy! So go ahead and impress your loved ones with your newfound richness of experience.