Digging in the city means participating in recreational gold prospecting as a guest of a local government, parks & rec district or similar organization.

While the tools of prospecting are the same (shovel, pan and sluice, maybe an electric highbanker like the Gold Cube), the process of finding a spot to dig is vastly different. No worries about the BLM, National Forest Service or checking on prior mining claims at the county clerk office. Instead, once you find a spot you’d like to dig, go to the local county assessor website to find the parcel of land there. The assessor website will hopefully (usually) have an interactive map you can use to spot your spot and see who owns it. Then you contact the owner to ask permission, or just review their website to confirm rules of use.