Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 15’37.1″N 123 19’10.4″W

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SAN-1 This claim is located just upriver from Forks of the Salmon. Look for our lower boundary sign on a tree just upriver from the post office. The upper boundary is located around 100 yards downstream from the first house on the left as you drive upriver from the Forks. Look for a gulch on the left, where a culvert passes under the road. That is the upper boundary. The claim is around 3/10ths of a mile long. Access is rather limited, but there are some areas where a person can get down to the river. There are some very nice pools and riffles along the claim, with lots of exposed bedrock, on the far side of the river. Please be careful not to park in any way that could obstruct traffic on the main road.

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Elk Creek :: Indian Creek :: Scott River :: Thompson Creek
Salmon River Main Stem :: Salmon River North Fork
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Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 52’43.0″N 122 33’18.0″W

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This property adjoins UK-3 at the lower-end. The upper boundary adjoins private property. Watch for our boundary sign on a tree next to Klamathon Road, near the fence which marks the private property (look for the sign which says “Tres Amigos”).

PROSPECTS: The prospects for high-grade gold deposits to be present on UK-3A are excellent. This is because all or most of the gold which Club members have been recovering from the other UK properties during the past 2 years has washed downriver directly across UK-3A. As high-grade gold deposits exist throughout the several-mile stretch of river just downstream, it is a near certainty that they will also exist on this new property.

Recent large winter storms have made fresh cuts into original streambed along the edges of the river on this property. This indicates that the old-time miners overlooked the area, as they did along our other UK properties just downstream, where nearly the entire bottom of the river is virgin of earlier mining activity.

Aggressive sampling will be necessary to locate the rich gold deposits, because this stretch of river does not include any significant directional changes to help concentrate the main gold path along one side of the river or the other. There is a nice natural riffle (short section of faster water) at the top end of the property which should help create some pay-streaks.

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Elk Creek :: Indian Creek :: Scott River :: Thompson Creek
Salmon River Main Stem :: Salmon River North Fork
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Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 52’15.4″N 122 33’32.8″W

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The lower boundary of this claim is located around 8/10ths of a mile up Klamathon Road. Look for our Club signs to begin several hundred feet upstream from the old miners cabin. The upper boundary is posted on a tree 1.5 miles up Klamathon Road, near telephone pole #48. There is a pretty good river access point, some parking, and a little camping near the two old houses just upriver. The houses and fenced-in property is posted as a “National Heritage Site” by the federal government, so please do not use any metal detectors (or even make them visible) in or around that area. Note; while the old houses have now been removed, the foundations remain in place.

PROSPECTS: This section of the river has an exceptional amount of fine and flake gold in a shallow flood layer, on top of an older layer of cemented gravel. We recently did a Dredging Project near the upper boundary and recovered 4 ounces of gold in just several days of dredging. Several other members have been doing well dredging along the Klamathon Road side of the river and out towards the middle, with at least one member recovering as much as ¾-ounce of gold per day. This prompted us to follow up with yet another group mining project, and we easily found another rich pay-streak! Most of the claim has yet to be sampled. One sample hole on the Interstate 5 side of the river appears to show that the gold is also over there. Some small nuggets have been recovered. Look for the hard-packed gray layer either on bedrock or on top of a very hard layer of cemented gravel. It appears that the gold is some-what evenly disbursed through the hard-packed gray material and that the more of it you process, the more gold you recover.

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Upper Klamath :: Upper-mid Klamath :: Mid Klamath :: Lower Klamath
Elk Creek :: Indian Creek :: Scott River :: Thompson Creek
Salmon River Main Stem :: Salmon River North Fork
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CLAIMING GOLD DEPOSITS: As an active member, you have the right to prospect and mine anywhere along our properties as long as your activity does not seriously inhibit the mining operations of someone who was prospecting in the area first (members or registered guests), and as long as you follow the our Operation Rules. This means, in dredging, if you start mining and cloud-out someone else downstream with your tailings discharge, and the other person was there first, you will have to move elsewhere or make different arrangements so the other operation is not seriously inhibited.

On the other hand, since this is a prospecting organization whose purpose is to provide better mining opportunities for all our members, there has to be a significant reason why someone else is inhibiting your operation in order to make them stop. We always have to keep in mind that we are participating in an organization where we are “miners helping miners.”

If you locate a gold deposit, you have the right to claim the deposit–or at least a portion of it. A person working up on land is entitled to claim a 30 foot radius from the location he or she is actively mining. If you are there first, and another member or registered guest wishes to prospect or mine in the area, please mark your 60-foot circle boundary so they can see where your claim ends.

Each (actively mining) membership is able to claim 60 linear feet of the Klamath, Scott or Salmon River from one bank out to the middle when doing underwater mining, or 60 linear feet of Indian, Elk or Thompson Creeks.  Claim boundaries should be neatly marked with flags or buoys.

A person must be actively mining or be actively moving equipment to the location in order to claim it. Equipment sitting idle for a week or more constitutes abandonment of any right to claim that area until the person resumes mining activity. If another member starts prospecting activity in any area abandoned by someone else, the new person has a right to claim it.

There can be some exceptions to this one-week rule, as in the case when there is an emergency which needs to be handled, or the person is doing some volunteer work for our organization. Special cases must be approved by New 49’er management or by contacting our Director of Internal Affairs.

Our intent is to leave all our mining property open to all members, while at the same time giving each individual the right to mine any deposit that you locate.

Commercial-scale activities operating on New 49’er property are generally entitled to larger-sized claims. These are negotiated with our management on an individual basis, and claim-rights are maintained by the commercial operation paying the weekly 10% royalty.

Individual claims must be marked either with flags on the bank or buoys in the water, placed neatly and in a manner not unsightly or hazardous to other river users. Usually, claims are marked by showing the upper and lower boundaries on the creek or river. Claim markers are used so other members or guests looking for a place to mine can see which areas are already claimed by others.

Please remove your claim markers when you leave an area. Claim markers in an area with no equipment present, are not valid unless the person is actively moving equipment to that location.

 

ACCESSIBILITY: Most of the gold properties available to our members are near roads which parallel them, and are reasonably accessible. Under most conditions, 4-wheel drive vehicles are not needed. However, some people do like to get off by themselves, and we have plenty of property which will fulfill their needs for solitude and serenity.

 

Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 47’30.4″N 123 20’48.0W

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K-19A LOWER WOODS BAR CLAIM – This claim begins just upstream from the Richardson Bedrock Mine (just upstream from Happy Camp), and follows the river all the way and connects with our Morgan Point claim at K-19.

There is private property between Highway 96 and this claim; so access can either be with the use of a boat from Happy Camp, or from a primitive river road access near the bottom of the claim on China Grade Road (on the other side of the river). You get to China Grade Road by driving down through Happy Camp and crossing the Klamath on the bridge below town. China Grade Road is just on the other side of the river, going in an upstream direction. The primitive access road (look for our sign on a tree 2.4 miles up China Grade Road) extends down near the river towards the lower-end of the claim. There is some limited camping down on the old access road.

IMPORTANT: All of the property on both sides of the river is private property except for the lower-end of this claim on the far side of the river. However, with the exception of a few points of private property which might extend a short distance out into the river, nearly all of the river is U.S. Forest Service land, and is part of our mining claim. Therefore, unless you have prior approval from private property owners, the only access to the upper portions of this claim is with the use of a boat.

PROSPECTS: Bedrock is showing all over the claim, so should be found also very shallow in the gravels. Several members have been dredging near the lower-end of the claim. The gold deposits should be very good, since the famous Muck-A-Muck hydraulic mine was located all along the inside bend of this claim.

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Elk Creek :: Indian Creek :: Scott River :: Thompson Creek
Salmon River Main Stem :: Salmon River North Fork
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Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 16’42.9″N 123 16’1.1″W

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SAN-2 is located around 4 miles upstream on the North Fork from the Forks. Upper and lower boundaries are posted on trees alongside the Salmon River Road. There is a large flat area located along the lower end of the claim, which includes a good river access, and a lot of shaded area for camping. Long-term camping is allowed at this location. Look for the small sign that says: “Engine Fill site.”

There is a lot of bedrock showing along the edge of the river. This area is great for panning. There is a lot of original streambed showing along-side the active waterway. The upper portion of the claim is less accessible, but there is a good trail extending down from the road. Look for one of our claim signs on a tree near the trail-head. One of the most interesting features about this claim is the appearance of original streambed material alongside the river for the entire length of the claim. As this is a proven very rich section of river, the natural streambed material is a good sign that rich values should be present. Several members have been dredging up there and finding pretty good gold. The water is generally shallow and clear. The streambed material usually is not very deep to bedrock.

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Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 48’30.00″N 123 20’58.3″W

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K-20 RICHARDSON BEDROCK CLAIM – The downriver boundary is down behind the old logging mill (private property). The upriver boundary (mile marker 43.53) is 7/10 of a mile upstream from the lower boundary, at the confluence Cade Creek, which is just downstream from the Klamath River Resort Inn. The far side of the river is private property owned by the local Native American Indian tribe. Access must be made from the Highway-96 side of the river. There is a trail leading to the river from a road pull-off toward the upper end of the claim.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Between June 15 and October 15, there will be no dredging within 500 feet of Cade Creek at the upper end of K-20.

PROSPECTS: Members have found gold by dredging on the Highway-96 side of the river, toward the channel. Bedrock is shallow on this side of the river and has cracks and irregularities which contain flakes and nuggets. Only a small amount of work has been done. Best results have been obtained near where the exposed bedrock meets the gravel, out towards the river-channel. A few test holes have been dredged towards the far bank, with some recovery of fine gold. More testing needs to be done all over this claim. Several years ago, several members floated their dredges down behind the old logging mill and located a rich patch of beautiful nuggets, some which were quite large, on shallow bedrock in the river there.

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Elk Creek :: Indian Creek :: Scott River :: Thompson Creek
Salmon River Main Stem :: Salmon River North Fork
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