HELLO and Welcome Gold Prospectors:

We would like to Welcome you to the Billings Montana Chapter GPAA  21th  Annual Memorial Day Weekend Big Dig at Zortman.

First, the Chapter would like to say this is a G.P.A.A. Chapter Outing and is to promote the G.P.A.A. Guests and non-members are more than Welcome. How else can we grow without them. Because of this, there is no charge to participate in the dig and all participants get an equal split of the gold recovered. Donations will be greatly accepted to help cover the costs associated with this outing.

Year Round Rules while on John and Candy Kalals Gold Claims

Here are a few rules that need to be followed:

1.  You are responsible for yourself and family.
2.  Make sure you know where you are. There are more than just the Kalals claims in the area. 
     DO NOT GO ONTO OTHER CLAIMS WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE CLAIM OWNERS.
3.  Stay out of all tunnels, mineshafts, and away from old mining sites.
4.  Stay out of the Pegasus mine area and reclamation area.
5.  Use the buddy system.
6.  Let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back.
7.  Pick up trash on the claim and along the road.
8.  Drive safely on roads, stay on your side, and go slow on blind corners.
9.  Limit speeds in town to keep down the dust.
10. Respect all wildlife. (Black bears,Mountain Lions, Big Horn Sheep, Goats, Deer, Elk, etc.)

PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE. 

REMEMBER, IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON TO RUIN IT FOR EVERYONE. 

This information is to help you understand what the Outing will consist of and to help answer any questions you may have.


As with all outings, SAFETY IS A MUST. There is no amount of gold that is worth your life, even a small injury can ruin your whole weekend. Remember, at this outing, SAFETY FIRST.

BIG DIG GUIDELINES

  • Saturday Morning at 7:00 AM there will me an orientation meeting. Attendance is MANDATORY for those who want to dig. Orientation is a MUST.

  • During the Orientation, You will receive your crew assignments. You will also receive your "Beginning Sticker". This sticker is very important. It is only available at orientation on Saturday. Sunday, your crew leader will give you another for Sunday. Without these "Stickers" .

  • You MUST work full shifts on both days or you will not be eligible to participate in the Nugget drawing held on Monday Morning..

  • Concentrates will be divided at the end  of each shift. You will be able to pan them out on your own time.

  • Only crew leaders to touch gold at the dig.

  • There will be a kids dig for those 12 and under in the mornings. On a case-by-case basis, children will be allowed to participate in the adult dig.

  • We will not sell any merchandise for anyone. If you have anything to sell, make your own arrangements to set up your own booth.

  • The Billings Chapter GPAA will supply coffee / water up the creek during the dig while working your shift or until the cons are distributed.

In Addition to the Year Around Rules, The following Rules apply during the Big Dig:

1. No Alcohol on the common operation.
2. Pull completely off the roads so you do not block traffic.
3. Park in the provided areas in the Treasure Yard. This is due to the limited areas up in the claim area.
4. The Meadows are OFF LIMITS....No Parking, camping, etc. This is now in Private ownership. The owner has been more than kind in building a road around the meadows for access to the claims. Do Not OPEN the gate through the MEADOWS.
5. Only ATV's will be allowed to pass beyond the treasure yard, unless PRIOR arrangements are made with the Outings Committee at check in.
6. Remember this is a family function...little ears and minds are around.
7. No Dredging is allowed during the Big Dig week, and certainly not without a permit.
8. Ask questions and have FUN.

Socially unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated and the Outings Committee will ask people to leave.

The Outings Committee's Decisions are Final.



This page was last updated: April 12, 2019
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HELLO and WELCOME GOLD PROSPECTORS to the ZORTMAN, MONTANA BIG DIG.