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 Tennessee Recreational Prospecting Permit Draft is posted on our forum. 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 August 16 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!


Here is the current information about the Recreational Prospecting ban in Tennessee.

From what I understand: (updated 6/23/2014)

a. The dredging ban started on July 27, 2012 and covers all waters in the State of Tennessee including private property, except:

b. The Tellico Ranger District in East Tennessee

c. The GPAA Coker Creek leased property in east Tennessee.

1. Our Task Force has sent our counter offer to the 1st draft of a statewide Tennessee Recreational Prospecting Permit. They responded with a 2nd draft that we reviewed. 

2. On Tuesday April 23 2013, we met again at the TDEC office to discuss the 2nd draft.

3. TDEC said they would post the 2013 recreational prospecting rules on their website sometime in June 2013. They are way behind so we will have to wait a while longer. This will not be a written permit. Just the rules for this year.  We do not expect to have a written permit until sometime in 2015.

4. David Owens has talked with two Tennessee State Senators and they are looking into this issue. We will post updated information when we get it.

5. Our Task Force has met with TDEC and we talked about making changes to the current Final Draft that we received in April, 2014.

6. Public meetings happened on May 15. The state will take all our comments and make a new or modified Prospecting Permit Draft. They will send it to our Task Force. As soon as we receive it, we will post it for everyone to review.

7. The last 2014-15 Final Draft we received is posted on our forum. Please read it and post your comments. We are sure there will be many changes made soon.

8. Updated: 6/23/2014, TDEC is currently drafting up a new permit. It should be ready for review soon. We will post it on the forum as soon as we receive it. At this time we do not know when it will go into affect. It looks like the previous June 30 date will not happen.




Dredging season is closed for the season at Doc Rogers. Depending on what happens with the State Prospecting Permit, we are not sure if or when it will open back up. So far all other areas in the Tellico Ranger District are still open to all prospecting. Please be sure you have your Tellico Ranger District prospecting permit (for panning and dredging) and follow all the rules. The Rangers WILL be out issuing citations to violators. 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. 

 You can pick up your 2014 permit at the Tellico Ranger Station. It is also available at the Coker Creek Welcome Center 7 days a week. You now need a permit to do ANY type of recreational prospecting in the Tellico Ranger District.  If you are panning at Doc Rogers or any other area, please clean up any trash you see, fill in holes and break up dams. 

The Tellico 2014 recreational mining regulations are posted on the Forum. Please read them! The 2014 permits and rules are exactly the same as in 2013.

Our Forum has a lot of information about gold mining in East Tennessee. Check out the new link on where 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).

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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 

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 11/5/2013)

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