Club Officers

Chapter President

Chuck Pharis




Vice President: 

Richard Robinson



David Hansen



Carl Talbott


Outings Chairman:

Al Trotter


TN State Director:

Brian Barner

(No email)

Board Of Directors

Chairman: Chuck Pharis

Board members:

Richard Robinson

Carl Talbot

David Hansen

Allen Trotter

Bill Reid
Christina Presley

Chip Triplett

David Owens

Sean Conary

Wayne Barrington



Tennessee Gold

People are getting nice gold out of the creeks and river. Make sure you have your permits with you at all times if you are using a sluice or dredge. Make sure you observe all the rules.


The forest rangers are checking up on people. Be kind and polite. Keep an eye out for snakes don't stick your hands where you can't see (above water). 
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Welcome to the Coker Creek, TN
GPAA Chapter.



The 2014-15 Tennessee Recreational Prospecting Permit is posted on our forum. It is valid from Aug 27, 2014 to June 30, 2015. If you are not a forum member, please join. Pick a user name and password. Then go to the topic and read everything. We need your comments and support. Click on the "forum" link in the upper right area of this page.


Tom and Kia Massie with some of our 2013 Coker Creek chapter Officers.


If you are new here, visit our Forum (please sign up first and choose a user name and password) for all the latest prospecting information in the Tri-State area. Click on the "SIGN UP" link on the top right of this page and follow the instructions. If you want to join our GPAA chapter (FREE), click on the forum link then fill out the form and you will receive our monthly newsletter and you may attend our meetings. You do NOT have to be a GPAA member to join our chapter.

Our next chapter meeting will be on Sept. 20, 2014 at 10 am eastern time at our Coker Creek GPAA property. Directions are listed further down this page.

Our Coker Creek GPAA chapter has new GPAA membership kits at a discount. If you want to join the GPAA and live near eastern Tennessee please email Chuck Pharis and he will tell you how you can get a one year GPAA membership and pick up your kit. You will not have to pay the shipping. We have done that for you! If you need to re-new your GPAA membership, we can help you do that and get a complete membership kit too! Chuck has the details!




As of Aug 27, 2014, all Class 2 prospecting is now closed at Doc Rogers, our GPAA property and in all waterways in the state of Tennessee (on both public and private land).  So far all other areas in the Tellico Ranger District are still open to Class 1 prospecting. Please read the forum posting about the new 2014-15 Tennessee state Prospecting Permit. Be sure to look at the 5' and 20' stream width rules for Class 1. You will need to file an NOI to use Class 2 prospecting in Tennessee. Pick up your (and others) trash, do not dig in the banks and fill in your holes. As local prospectors, we need to "self Police" our areas. If you see a violation, be polite and tell them what they are doing wrong. If they continue, take photos and call the Rangers. 

 Because of the new 2014-15 Tennessee State Prospecting Permit, the 2014 permit, the Tellico Ranger permit is no longer valid and will not be issued.

Our Forum has a lot of information about gold mining in East Tennessee. Check out the new link on Places to go prospecting! Click on the FORUM icon at the upper right part of this page.

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To join our chapter and website and forum, (it is FREE) please click the "sign up" link on the top right of this page.

You do not have to be a GPAA member to join our chapter and attend our monthly meetings! After you join, please visit our FORUM. All the latest prospecting information will be posted there! Feel free to post anything related to recreational prospecting. Be sure to read the Rooster Ridge rules on the lower main Forum. YES, there IS gold in the creek on our property. GPAA members may also use our property as a "base camp" when prospecting at other local locations. You MUST be a GPAA member to enter our property except on meeting days (the 3rd Sat of each month).

For local weather information for a full week, click on the BLUE weather icon on the right.

Cabin rental information is at the end of this page.


Beautiful fall colors at our property!



Yes we clean Mercury out of the Tennessee waters!

  Our Coker Creek property on Hwy 68. The property is at the RED dot on the map below.


Support the chapter by buying some fund rasier tickets at our monthly meetings and win some prizes. The amount of prizes will depend on the turnout.

Our GPAA property is 3.75 miles south of the Coker Creek Welcome center on Hwy 68. Its on the left if heading south. It is marked with a 3 foot square sign. Enter ONLY on the road near the sign!


If you have a GPS our address is:  13431 Hwy 68, Coker Creek, TN. 37314.  NOTE: Some GPS units need Tellico Plains as the city. We are 3 3/4 miles south of the town of Coker Creek on HWY 68. We are not in Tellico Plains.

N 35 13.399  W 84 19.936

 Our meeting will always be held at our GPAA property unless the weather is bad. Always check this web page before you leave. I will post information here the day before the meeting if the location changes.

Here are the directions to the Ruritan club if our meeting is held there:

On Hwy 68, heading south from Tellico Plains, go to Coker Creek. (about 10 miles or so) Where the post office and little shops are at on the left, (towards doc rogers field), you take a right, just across the road from the shops. Many get lost here, do NOT turn left towards Doc Rogers! TURN RIGHT! Go about 1/4 mile, and take that first road on the left. That is Ruritan rd. Turn left towards the school, and the Ruritan club is the building on the hill to the right, just before the school, on your right.



All types of recreational prospecting are open to GPAA members on our property!

Yes, GPAA members can pan, sluice, dredge, high bank and metal detect!

Guests can only pan and sluice. NO exceptions! 

How to join the GPAA

If you want to join the GPAA here is what you do: (updated 8/20/2014)

Contact Chuck Pharis our chapter President and we can sell you a new GPAA one year membership at a discount ($79.99). We have the kits in stock and we paid the shipping!

You may still join through the main GPAA office by doing the following:

1. Visit their website and check out what the GPAA is all about.  Click on the (membership) box then click on "GPAA"

2. Call the GPAA at 800-551-9707  (it is toll free) and tell them you want to join the GPAA. Tell them you want to join through the GPAA Coker Creek Chapter. After you join ask for your GPAA membership number. Write it down and keep it with you. It might take 1 to 3 weeks to get your membership kit but all you need is your GPAA membership number to use any GPAA property. You may visit and use our property the same day!

Joining through our chapter gives our GPAA Chapter "points" towards GPAA items that we can put in our monthly raffle. It is only $84.50 + shipping to join (through the GPAA main office) and I promise it will be the best money you ever spent. One membership covers you and your Spouse, plus all your children (under 18) All the recreational mining goodies you need to get started are listed on their web page. You can also join through their web site, but the only way to get points for our chapter is to call them on the phone and tell them you want to join through the Coker Creek Chapter! 

Thanks, and I hope to see all of you at our monthly chapter meetings!

Chuck Pharis

When visiting our Coker Creek GPAA property:

 PLEASE clean up the toilet and shower area when you are finished using them. Bring your own TP!
The shower is NOT heated, so be prepared!

Be advised that the toilet and shower are turned OFF during the Winter months so the pipes do not freeze. Do NOT try and use the toilet when there is no water!

Please do not leave trash on the property and respect the land. This is NOT a GPAA owned property. We lease this property.

Special Notice:

 Across the creek on rear part our club property are overhead power lines. Do NOT camp or go past those power lines. That is private property! 

If you have any questions about the GPAA or our Coker Creek chapter, please contact me via email or call my cell. I am here to help you! 
Chapter president: Chuck Pharis
To email Chuck:  Phone: 818-802-1603

Without your support and input, the chapter can't keep growing and thriving.


  Notice to all G.P.A.A. members that wish to visit Rooster Ridge.  (Our GPAA property)

Property camping and cabin rental information:


 If you want to rent the cabin (photos are on our forum), or a RV or trailer hook up with power, sewer and water, call the land owner Jimmy at: 423-261-2145.  

We have a Flush toilet,(the toilet and shower are turned off during very cold weather so the pipes do not freeze) Please do not tamper with the system. We have a (non heated) shower, as well as 7 RV spots with full hook ups, (electric, water, sewer) $13.00 to $15.00 a day. depending on the size of your RV or trailer. (first come first served) CALL before you come!

There is also a rental cabin on site, that is just $65.00 a night, with a 2 day minimum, or $75 for one night.(Reservations needed)  (sorry, no pets inside) The cabin sleeps 5, and is right at the edge of Coker Creek. 

There is also a sleeping room cabin for two, available also at a much lower rate.

You must be a G.P.A.A. member to use the RV hook ups, camp, and rent the cabin. Any GPAA member may bring up to 5 guests to our property. Your guests can only pan and sluice. 

This is a private leased property for GPAA members. 

Chapter donations are always welcome. Contact: Chuck Pharis for more information.

Chuck Pharis, Coker Creek GPAA Chapter President