There is still GOLD in these hills.


Gold prospecting is not a thing of the past. At The Mine Shaft, we have ALL the necessary tools for the modern prospector!

I’ m Jeff Fish, and in September of 2008 my wife Vickie and I decided to open The Mine Shaft in the Kern River Valley. When I was 4 years old, I was helping my father pan concentrates from the Yuba River in Northern California. Since then my passion for prospecting has grown and my experiences range from dry washing in the deserts to dredging in the Yuba, Kern and many other rivers.

My wife Vickie and I have enjoyed gold prospecting together for fun and for profit for over 20 years and are now sharing our experience and knowledge with the public. While gold prospecting can be profitable, it is also a lot of fun and adventure that surely you and your family friends can enjoy!


Stop on by our store and become a part of the family, it will enrich our lives and hopefully yours too!

You can even visit our online store!

We are a Keene Engineering equipment dealer, we carry almost every tool a prospector would need and even have great deals on used mining equipment. We even rent mining equipment and metal detectors!

In addition to our equipment we also buy and sell gold and concentrates and we offer private and group panning and metal detecting lessons!



Map To The Mineshaft

Map To The Mineshaft