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K-13 AND K-14 LOWER SEIAD & PORTUGUESE CREEK CLAIMS - are located just upriver from the confluence of Portuguese Creek-which is approximately 3 miles downriver from where Highway 96 crosses Seiad Creek. Boundary signs posted on trees mark the downriver (mile marker 57.14) claim boundary. The upriver claim boundary (mile marker 59.14) is posted on a tree around 2 miles upriver. There is a river access on the claim named “Sluice Box”, with a small campground, just downriver from Seiad Valley. Longer-term camping is available to members on the gravel bar area toward the upper end of this claim.

PROSPECTS: These claims have been very good gold producers for members of our Club. Much of the gravel is reasonably shallow to bedrock. Lots of nuggets and jewelry gold have been recovered off the property, from the top end, to the bottom, mostly off the far side of the river. Fine and flake gold seems to concentrate towards the road-side of the river. In addition to sampling which members have done on this claim, we also confirmed this on a Group Mining Project where we also had quite a challenging adventure trying to recover beautiful gold nuggets from a deep water location. Most of the claim has yet to be adequately tested. The gravel bars on the far side of the river provide some of the Club’s best surface mining opportunities.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 50’9.7″N 122 56’35.4″W

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Klamath River Claim K-4


K-4 OAK BAR CLAIMS – are located three miles downriver from the old Oak Knoll Ranger Station. The upper boundary is located at mile marker 79.61, and the lower boundary is located at mile marker 79.33. Boundary signs are well posted on trees, not far down river from Kohl Creek. The claim is approximately a half-mile long. Access is reasonably easy.

PROSPECTS: The upper boundary butts up to the Oak Bar private property-which has a very rich history of placer gold mining.

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K-13 AND K-14 LOWER SEIAD & PORTUGUESE CREEK CLAIMS – are located just upriver from the confluence of Portuguese Creek-which is approximately 3 miles downriver from where Highway 96 crosses Seiad Creek. Boundary signs posted on trees mark the downriver (mile marker 57.14) claim boundary. The upriver claim boundary (mile marker 59.14) is posted on a tree around 2 miles upriver. There is a river access on the claim named “Sluice Box”, with a small campground, just downriver from Seiad Valley. (2 week limit).

Dredging Gold with 24 people at K-14 & K-15A!

PROSPECTS:These claims have been very good gold producers for members of our Club. Much of the gravel is reasonably shallow to bedrock. Lots of nuggets and jewelry gold have been recovered off the property, from the top end, to the bottom, mostly off the far side of the river. Fine and flake gold seems to concentrate towards the road-side of the river. Most of the claim has yet to be adequately tested. The gravel bars on the far side of the river provide some of the Club’s best surface mining opportunities.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 52’7.6″N 123 17’6.3″W

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K-15 GLORY HOLE CLAIMS – The downriver boundary is located one mile upriver from the confluence of Thompson Creek. Tim’s Creek (mile marker 53.17) is the lower boundary of the Glory Hole Claims. The upper end of the Glory Hole Claim (mile marker 54.17) is located approximately one mile further upriver from Tim’s Creek, and adjoins the private property where the fenced garden is located between Highway 96 and the river. This fence marks the upper boundary of the Glory Hole, along with our boundary sign posted on a tree. K-15A (Mega-Hole) extends upriver from there. There are numerous developed paths and trails leading from Highway 96 into the Glory Hole Claims. All vehicle access to the claim is blocked by private property, although the access road to the upper end of the claim is open.

PROSPECTS:This is one of the richest claims owned by the Club, and has provided (estimated) hundreds of ounces of gold to members during past years. Much of the river has been dredged on these claims, and a large portion of the bank on the Highway 96-side of the river has been mined. The far bank remains relatively undisturbed because access requires a boat. Bedrock, or false bedrock, is generally shallow on these claims. A good portion of the lower claims has not been dredged yet. Therefore, it is likely that rich deposits still remain in place for the finding, both in the river, and all along the far bank. The rapids along the center of the claim have yet to be cleaned out, and offer excellent potential for experienced members.

The Club sponsored a Group Dredging Project on this claim during the 2004 season.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 55’54.6″N 123 28’28.7″W

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I-3 WEST BRANCH OF INDIAN CREEK CLAIMS – are located 9/10 of a mile up Indian Creek Road from the last Indian Creek bridge-or approximately just short of 12 miles up Indian Creek Road from Happy Camp. Look for the U.S. Forest Service “West Branch” campground sign on the right side. The access road will *cross a bridge and lead into the campground, where you can take a right turn onto a one-way drive through, or you can go straight-which will lead you to another access road (#18N31A), which will go through a gate and take you near a creek access point further upstream. This road is somewhat primitive, so members should be cautious. The one-way road through the campground will lead you down toward the creek, where we have several trails leading directly to the creek. Watch for our signs. The boundary sign at the lower-creek boundary is posted on a tree about 1/4 mile downstream from the campground. The upper-creek boundary is so far up there, you will probably have difficulty finding the sign. Camping (for a fee) is allowed for two weeks in the developed Forest Service campground. Members wanting to stay longer may camp in a special access area at the lowest end of the campground. Watch for signs.

*This bridge was destroyed during the January flood of 2006, and is temporarily closed to vehicle traffic.

PROSPECTS: We had a number of members working the lower end of these claims, below the campground, several years ago-and all of them were excited about the gold they were recovering. Some large nuggets were found, along with lots of jewelry gold. Gravel depth was around 2-3 feet in this area. The gold was along the bedrock. Most of the claim has yet to be tested. Some reports by members indicate that the gravel may be deeper further upstream on the claims. We have a few reports that good gold has also been found on the upper end of the claims. This is not surprising in view of the gold being recovered off the lower end. The prospects are very good!

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 49’51.5″N 122 57’25.9″W

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K-5 TEN SPOT CLAIM – The upper boundary is located at mile marker 79.00, and the lower boundary is located at mile marker 78.65. The boundary signs are well posted on trees alongside Highway 96. Access is reasonably easy.

PROSPECTS: This claim is located just upriver from our Brown Bear claims (K-6) which are producing very well, so the prospects are promising.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 51’49.1″N 123 16’6.1″W

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K-15A MEGA HOLE – The Mega Hole claims are quite long, the upriver boundary being located on a tree between the river and Hwy 96 near mile marker 55.62, about a ¼-mile below Fort Goff Creek – which is located about four miles upriver from Thompson Creek. The downriver boundary butts up against the Upper Glory Hole claims (K-15 at lower-Savage Rapids). Fort Goff Creek is easy to find, because there is a developed rest area at that location. There are also a few parcels of private property between Highway 96 and the river, toward the lower end of the Mega Hole claim. These parcels are posted. Otherwise, there is good access to most of the Mega Hole. The lowest parcel of private property, just above the Glory Hole, is a developed garden with a fence around it. That parcel extends 20 feet out into the river. Otherwise, most of the river is included along our mining claim. Longer-term camping areas for members are located on both sides of the highway, near Savage Rapids (mile marker 55.13), including on the large highway pull-off.

PROSPECTS: The Mega Hole has been one of the Club’s richest mining properties, with members recovering (estimated) hundreds of ounces of gold during recent years. Much of the lower portion of the Mega Hole has been dredged, although there are areas that were missed. The surface gold (out of the water) is excellent on both sides of the river, with nugget-sized gold being recovered off the Highway-96 side. Bedrock can be shallow to deep, depending on where you go. The upriver end of the claim still shows excellent potential for dredging since it has not yet been adequately tested.

The Club sponsored a Group Dredging Project on this claim during a recent season. We did so well, that we followed up with another dredging project and struck high-grade at the upper-end of the claim.

Dredging Gold with 24 people at K-14 & K-15A!

The Club then sponsored a Surface Mining Project on this claim. The high-banking was so good, that we followed up with another surface mining project and struck a high-banking production record at the top-end.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 49’24″N 122 57’47.3″W

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K-6 BROWN BEAR CLAIMS – are located six miles up the Klamath from its confluence with the Scott River. The claim is located 1/2 mile upriver from the Walker Creek Bridge-which is where Highway 96 crosses the Klamath River. This bridge is about a mile upriver from Horse Creek. The upriver claim boundary is marked on a tree down the hillside from Highway 96 at mile marker 78.50. The downriver boundary (mile marker 77.86) is also well posted on a tree along Highway 96, across from the Klamath River Elementary School-which is visible from the highway. There is a developed river access (mile marker 77.97) and campground toward the upper end of the claim. Look for the USFS access sign along the road. The far side of the river can also be accessed by driving along Walker Creek Road, which is located just downriver from the Walker Creek Bridge. There is some private property on the far side of the river between Walker Creek Road and the river-watch for signs. Access is relatively easy from the Highway 96-side. The Forest Service restricts Club camping in this campground to a 2-week limit.

PROSPECTS: This claim has been producing good gold deposits for suction dredgers in relatively shallow gravel, on both sides of the river and the center. Most of the activity so far has been in and around the rapids located just down from the campground. For the most part, the claim has not yet been sampled and mined. The Club sponsored a Group Dredging Project on K-6, and recovered around several ounces of gold in around 5 days of work. You can read about the adventure at Two Gold Strikes At Brown Bear (K-6).

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 51’36.6″N 123 18’33.3″W

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K-16 ANDERSON CAMPGROUND CLAIMS – Located approximately 11 miles upriver from Happy Camp on Highway 96. The upriver boundary (mile marker 52.50) is located just downriver from the confluence of Thompson Creek. Look for the large piece of bedrock jutting up out in the river on the Hwy 96-side of the river. There is a “Private Property” sign hanging in some brush there alongside of the river. The downriver boundary (mile marker 51.85) is posted on a tree alongside the road, just downriver from the lower access to our campground. The campground (long-term) is located between Highway 96 and the Klamath River, 1/4 mile downriver from Thompson Creek near mile marker 52.28. Look for a “No Hunting” sign at the beginning of the road that leads into the campground off Hwy 96 towards the river. This is a popular camping area. There are several parcels of private property located between Highway 96 and the river, between Thompson Creek and our campground-but most of the private property does not come near the Klamath River. There is one small piece of private property that extends out about to the center of the river, directly at the confluence of Thompson Creek. The primary access to this claim is from the campground river access points.

PROSPECTS:This is a very rich section of the Klamath River, with hundreds of ounces of gold having been recovered by members during the past several years-mostly by dredging. There are nice nuggets being recovered from the road-side of the river downstream from Thompson Creek. Water and gravel depth ranges from shallow to deep, depending on where you go. Gravel tends to be shallow on both banks on the upper half of the claim, while deep in the middle. Only about 1/3 of the claim has been mined by members, if that, and good potential is present for new, rich strikes to be made. There is excellent panning and high-banking opportunity on the Highway-96 side of the river, from the bottom to the top-end of the claim. If you look towards the upper-end of the property, you will see that there are at least 3 separate levels of streambed up out of the water that deserve testing.

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