What Is LDMA?

The Lost Dutchman's Mining Association is the most exclusive gold prospecting association in the world! We provide member access to properties all over the nation for RV parking and camping. As an LDMA member you and your family are welcome to visit any of these locations, meet new people and stay a while prospecting the rich gold-bearing lands exclusive to you and other LDMA members. As a member, any gold you find on our properties is yours to keep!

The History of LDMA

The Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association was founded by George, Wilma, Perry and Tom Massie in 1976 to provide places where men, women and their families could meet, prospect and mine for gold. Beginning with one historic gold property, Italian Bar in California’s Mother Lode, the LDMA now has an ever growing number of private properties and claims in several states including California, Oregon, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Lost Dutchman’s private camps are located among some of the finest gold reserves and prospecting in this country.

How Do We Choose Properties?

One of the most important considerations when new properties are being evaluated for the LDMA is their gold-producing potential. Exhaustive tests are made in the area to ensure that Lost Dutchman’s members will have continued access to proven gold reserves. Members in past years have reported finding anything from a few flakes of gold to some very large nuggets on our properties so you can be sure that gold has been found at the property you are staying!

What Do I Get?

LDMA members can prospect and/or camp on deeded, patented properties such as Stanton, Arizona, a gold rush town north of Phoenix. Or, there’s our Scott River property, deep in the lush forests of northern California, where fog often drifts through the trees. The Klamath River itself provides gold-rich gravels in an unbelievably beautiful setting. An LDMA membership is something that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come.

How Long Is My Membership Good For?

Your Lost Dutchman's Mining Association membership will last you a lifetime! All LDMA memberships are lifetime memberships. This also means that you can stay at one of the many LDMA properties and bring your family along without having to worry about membership expiration*.

*A reasonable LDMA dues is required on a month-to-month basis even after the membership is paid off. You may be denied access to a camp if you are behind on your dues. Dues must paid in advance. For more information click on the How Much Is It? tab.

How Much Is It?

LDMA members have options when paying for their membership. Each option provides you with great discounts, so there's no reason to not sign up!

Down Payment Option

When you sign up for LDMA today, you receive a 100% price match on your down payment up to $500.

Pay In Full

If you opt to pay in full, you get even more back! We'll match $1450 towards your payment and a transferable contract. That's a grand total of $1450 in savings!

Down Payment

$375 Down Payment
$375 Price Match

Sign Up

Want to become an LDMA member, travel to fun locations, meet new people while prospecting gold-bearing areas? Call the number below between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri, and a Membership Services Representative will get you started on your new LDMA journey.

Call Us at 800-543-2760

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions about LDMA? Maybe we can help answer them. Below are some common questions we get regarding LDMA and its memberships.

Why join or upgrade to LDMA over a GPAA Annual or Lifetime Membership?

LDMA members receive all the benefits of GPAA and Lifetime including the kit, Mining Guide (LDMA receive free updates when they become available) and a life-time subscription to Gold Prospectors magazine and the Pick and Shovel Gazette. In addition, you will have access to prospect on exclusive LDMA properties and claims. LDMA members also qualify for discounts on various products and services.

What makes the LDMA different from other prospecting clubs?

Private Property! The LDMA owns private, deeded mining properties which members can prospect.

Can I camp on the properties and how long can I stay?

Yes, LDMA properties are open for camping and you can stay up to six months (different camp sites may vary).

Are there any Facilities?

Yes, several of the LDMA properties have restrooms, showers, dump stations and water. The Stanton, Arizona Camp even has electrical hook-ups. Improvements continue on several more camps.

Can I take my family with me?

Yes, the LDMA Membership covers you, your spouse and children under the age of eighteen. However, this membership is your membership.

Do I need to renew each year?

No, the LDMA Membership is a lifetime membership.

Is the LDMA membership transferable?

Yes, for a limited time we are offering FREE transferable contracts on all new LDMA memberships.

Do I still need to renew my GPAA membership each year?

No, with the LDMA lifetime membership you maintain a lifetime GPAA membership (not GPAA Lifetime) which includes Gold Prospectors magazine, the Mining Guide and the Pick and Shovel Gazette for life!

Where are the Properties?

The LDMA now has 14 deeded properties in nine states including California, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Is the LDMA going to purchase any more properties?

Yes, we are always searching for new gold-bearing properties to purchase so our members have new areas to camp and prospect.

How stable is the LDMA? Will it be around for my children?

The LDMA has always operated on an old-fashioned “pay-as-you-go” philosophy. All of our properties are paid for, that’s stability!

All RV/Camping clubs similar to LDMA have maintenance fees, that always seem to increase. 

Does the LDMA have these fees and do they increase?

Yes, LDMA does have a maintenance fee but, it is among the lowest fee of any camping/RV club. Your fee never increases, it stays at the same rate as when you first purchased your membership.  Dues are $120 per year.

For more information and to sign up, call