Black Swan Diggings

Teeming with bass and turtles

The Black Swan is the eastern-most of Excelsior’s hydraulic diggings. A 200-foot cliff face, carved into the eastern flank of the placer and basalt ridgeline, drops into a series of year-round groundwater-fed ponds and wetlands, teeming with bass, turtles and a stunning array of birdlife. A tunnel, now filled, flushed the hydraulic slurry through the ridge into Deer Creek.