I recently moved to the Portland (OR) area. I wanted to find a place that’s not too far of a drive where I can try using my gold pan. Ive asked several prople and looked at several forums, and I’m getting some mixed information. Some people are saying that there are still gold-rich places nearby such as the esdacada area and places on the willamette river. But then I’ve also been told that there ain’t s**t in those areas and that I’d want to go way out past Salem or to places in southern Oregon. I’m new to the area and was hoping someone could clarify if there are in fact places to pan for gold in the portland area or not.