Sutter Gold Mine

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Location: From Sacramento take Hwy 16 east, then Hwy 49 south. 1 km south of Amador City, just north of Sutter Creek.
Open: Permanently closed.
Fee: Permanently closed.
Classification: MineGold Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: T=12-16 °C
Guided tours: Walk Tour: D=60 min.
Deep Mine Experience: D=3.5h
Address: Sutter Gold Mine, 11500 String Bean Alley, Amador City, P.O.Box 78, Vallecito. CA 95251, Tel: +1-1-888-818-7462.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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23-MAY-1991 purchased by U.S. Energy Corporation, Riverton, WY.
DEC-1998 show mine opened to the public.
1999 mining terminated by Sutter Gold Mining Company.
12-MAY-2001 Sierra Nevada Recreation leased the property from U.S. Energy Corporation.
SEP-2011 show mine closed, gold mine reopened.


Sutter Gold Mine is a family attraction, as gold panning and gemstone mining are primarly fun for children. However, the mine tour includes some geology too, and it shows the Comet Vein, which was mined here. There is also some mining equipment, including a 15-yard haul truck.

Unfortunately this mine tour has been closed permanently. The gold deposit at Sutter Mine is far from being exploited. But the mining was unprofitable because of the necessary investments. The rising gold price maked the mine again profitable. In 2002 the gold price was around USD 300, in 2005 around USD 700, and in 2010 around USD 1,370.

The owner of the mine, Sutter Gold Mining, Inc., reopened the mine with an USD 20 Million investment bringing 100 jobs to Amador County. They first filed an application for the construction of waste disposal units at the mine, which are necessary for mining. Regulators approved the plans, so larger scale gold mining was possible. Then they terminated the mine tour operator's 20-year lease in summer 2011. The show mine was closed and in this place mining operations resumed.