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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 47’33.5″N 123 22’2.0″W

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K-21 HAPPY CAMP CLAIMS – The upper boundary adjoins our K-20 property just upriver from the old water pumping station for the Stone Forest Mill. The lower boundary adjoins the Club’s Curly Jack Claim a short distance downstream from the confluence on Indian Creek. The lower-end of this claim is accessible from both sides of the river, with the exception of a few parcels of private property which are clearly visible. To access the far side of the river, cross the Klamath River bridge just below Happy Camp and turn left on China Grade road. There is an access road 4/10 of a mile up China Grade Road from the bridge. The access road (may require some brush-cutting) cuts off to the left, just beyond a house. There is a small campground at the end of the road. The claim is also accessible from the Happy Camp Community Park-down by the Lions Club. The upper portion of the claim, for the most part, is difficult to access, because the old mill property is a barrier between the river and Highway 96.

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PROSPECTS: Some dredgers recovered a large volume of gold on the upriver potion of the claim on the Highway-96 side of the river, in shallow gravel. They recovered lots of jewelry gold and large nuggets. A few members did some testing just below, during the early years of the Club. But they gave it up due to the difficult access. Several very rich pay-streaks have been previously discovered in the center of the river near the confluence of Indian Creek.

High-banking and Loving It. “Rip” Ripple’s story

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Elk Creek :: Indian Creek :: Scott River :: Thompson Creek
Salmon River Main Stem :: Salmon River North Fork
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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 18’56.6″N 123 11’0.7″W

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SAN-3A The lower-end of this claim is located 10.6 miles upriver from Forks of the Salmon. Look for a U.S. Forest Service sign that says “Garden Gulch Trail.” Club signs are posted on trees along the river-side of the Salmon River Road. There is an access road located around 1/10th of a mile down river from our lower boundary. Watch for the access sign on a tree. The access road leads to our claim and a nice camping area. The claim is about a ¼-mile long, and includes a lot of river diversity such as rapids and pools.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 19’5.8″N 123 10’17.5″W

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SAN-4 – Big Flat is located around 12 miles up the North Fork from the Forks, just upstream from the Little North Fork of the Salmon River. Watch for a very nice (private) ranch property where the Little North Fork crosses the Salmon River road. You will see our lower boundary sign posted on a tree upriver a little ways. The upper boundary is posted near Kelly Gulch. There is room for some shaded camping up Kelly Gulch. Long-term camping is allowed at this location. Access is pretty good along a lot of this claim.

There is an old access road down to the gravel bar on the upper portion of the claim. But it has been blocked to prevent the spread of noxious weeds that apparently exist there. Please do not unblock the access.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 44’42.4″N 123 24’5.1″W

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K-22 CURLY JACK, CHAMBERS FLAT AND LOWER CANYON CLAIMS – are a very long stretch of claims, adjoining our K-21 property a short distance downstream of confluence of Indian Creek in lower Happy Camp (toilet and river access available here). Since there is private property between Highway 96 and the Klamath River in this area, most members access the upper portion of these claims from Elk Creek road and Curly Jack road on the far side of the river. There is a Forest Service Fee campground on Curly Jack road, and there is also a developed river access down at the confluence of Elk Creek. We ask members to not dredge within 100 feet of the beach at Curly Jack campground. The lower boundary (mile marker 35.95) is located five miles below town, well down into a deep canyon. The sign is posted on a tree alongside Highway 96, across from a short parking pull-off at Doolittle Creek. We have a substantial developed Club campground, with two access roads, located about 1-1/2 miles below Happy Camp on Highway 96. The campground is called “Chamber’s Flat”. Downriver from Chamber’s Flat campground, you will notice a few parcels of private property between Highway 96 and the river. The deep canyon begins just downriver from the private property. Some paths and trails have been created to gain access to the canyon areas. On the far side of the river, 4-1/2 miles below town, you will see an old hydraulic mining cut-which has been good for metal detecting.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Between June 15 and October 15, there will be no dredging within 500 feet of the mouths of Little Grider or Elk Creeks, or within 500 feet upstream or 1,500 feet downstream of Indian Creek.

PROSPECTS: These claims have been proven to produce rich gold deposits from top to bottom, with members recovering many, many ounces during the past several years. A lot of dredging was done upriver from Curly Jack campground, in and around the rapids, several years ago. The area around the confluence of Elk Creek also received a great deal of attention. There has been some productive dredging activity in and around the upper end of the lower canyon. But for the most part, the remainder of this long stretch of claims has not been prospected or mined-and the prospects are exceptional.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41°43’48.46″N, 123°26’2.94″W

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This ¾-mile property, about 9.3 miles downstream of Happy Camp, is not far upstream from our Wingate Property. Look for our upper boundary sign on a tree just upstream from the large pull-off on the side of Highway 96 — located 200 feet downstream from mileage marker 34.78. The lower boundary is directly across from U.S. Forest Service Road 15N32.

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This is another area we have had our eyes on for many years, mainly because of the extensive stretches of exposed bedrock and high-banking opportunity on the far side of the river – especially for crevice mining both above and below the water.

There is also a sizable pull-off area along the side of Highway 96 for parking and camping directly on the property.

If you are planning to work this property, we suggest bringing a small boat, perhaps with a small motor. The best gold deposits will likely be found on the far side of the river.

PROSPECTS: This is a rich mining property which has been held in private hands since before we arrived on the Klamath River in 1984. The owners did not allow anyone to mining on the property, save for one old-timer that has been camping in the roadside pull-off, paddling a canoe over the far side of the river, and digging the gold out of exposed bedrock cracks every summer since at least 1984.

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Elk Creek :: Indian Creek :: Scott River :: Thompson Creek
Salmon River Main Stem :: Salmon River North Fork
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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 43’47.46″N 123 26’30.15″W

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K-23 WINGATE METAL DETECTING CLAIM – is located 6.8 miles downriver from Happy Camp. There is a big pull-off parking area on the river-side of Highway 96, directly across from Forest Service Road 15N32. Hike or drive 1/5 of a mile up this road to find the trail head (very primitive) on the right side (just to the left of where the phone line stretches across the road). There is room for one or two vehicles to park directly across from the trail head. Follow the trail uphill to locate a large old hydraulic mining area on several different levels. Watch out for poison oak along the trail. The trail requires substantial physical exertion.

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PROSPECTS: Members have had great luck in finding gold nuggets all over the hydraulic area using modern metal detectors. Rumor has it that one member did well up there using a dry-washer, but this is unconfirmed. It is a very large area and it is reasonable to assume that it has not all been covered well with electronic detectors. Therefore, the prospects are good for finding more gold nuggets on 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 17’57.2″N 123 4’59.2″W

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SAN-6 – GOLD COUNTRY PLACER is located around 18 miles up the North Fork from the Forks, or about 2 miles upriver from the small town of Sawyers Bar.

Access gets easier towards the upper end of the claim,which is just downstream from the bridge that crosses the river at Whites Gulch. There is nice camping on the far side of the river at the upper end of the claim. Long-term camping is allowed at this location.

The claim is around a quarter-mile long. Boundaries are posted on trees alongside the road.

There is a whole lot of exposed bedrock all throughout this mining property, and all kinds of river diversity that should create valuable placer deposits.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 42’54.9″N 123 26’44.5″W

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K-23a WINGATE RIVER CLAIM – is located on the Klamath River around and downstream from the USFS Wingate Creek River Access (toilet during summer months). The upper (mile marker 33.77) and lower (mile marker 32.83) boundaries are clearly marked with signs alongside Highway 96. Please, no camping at or around the USFS river access point, because of the heavy use of the river access by rafters and boaters. There is some camping up by Highway 96 in the large turnout, just upriver from the river access.

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PROSPECTS: Members have found good gold deposits using small dredges and motorized sluices on the Highway-96 side of the river. Members have also found good gold deposits on the far-side of the river, where large surface-mining areas exist, with lots of bedrock showing.

The Club recently organized a Group Mining Project on this claim and did very well. The story for that can be located by clicking here.

Then, we followed up with another Mining Project where we did even better. This story, along with free video segments, can be found here.

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Salmon River Main Stem :: Salmon River North Fork
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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 39’45.1″N 123 27’0.2″W

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K-24 UPPER INDEPENDENCE CLAIM – is located 11 miles downriver from Happy Camp on Highway 96. The upriver claim boundary (mile marker 29.24) is posted on a tree alongside Highway 96. This is located about a quarter of a mile below the Forest Service developed river access Ferry Point. One downriver claim boundary (mile marker 28.20) is located about 60 yards upriver from the Independence Bridge on a tree on the far side of the river. You can usually see the boundary marker from the bridge. There is also a corner of the claim that extends out into the river down below the bridge (mile marker 28.20). Camping is available at the river access near the bridge. There is a toilet facility at a small rest stop along Highway 96 just upriver from the Independence Bridge. There is a trail that leads onto the far side of the river just over the bridge on the left side.

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IMPORTANT: The gravel bar (not the river) on the Hwy 96-side of the river, upstream from the bridge, is all private property (upper boundary of the private property can be found on a red post along side of the road). The owner does not want people crossing the bar without permission. The girls in our office can help you make contact with the owner.

PROSPECTS: This claim location is another of the richest gold areas we have along the Klamath River. We purchased the claim from a local commercial dredger who spent several seasons working a rich gold deposit toward the upper end of the claim. The deposit was in around 8 feet of gravel in the channel of the river, toward the highway side. Several members have dredge-sampled the far side of the river, and a short distance out into the river, towards the upper end of the claim, with mixed results. Most of the river channel has yet to be tested. Some members have had real good results surface prospecting (out of the water) on the gravel bars located on the far side of the river. This claim has excellent potential, with (estimate) hundreds of ounces of gold being recovered with dredges off the claim just below during recent years.

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Salmon River Main Stem :: Salmon River North Fork
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Google Earth Coordinates:  41°39’30.49″N, 123°27’13.09″W


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K-24A MIDDLE INDEPENDENCE CLAIM –  is located between our existing K-24 and K-25 mining properties, about 12 miles downriver from Happy Camp. The upriver claim boundary is about a hundred yards downstream from the confluence of Independence Creek, which is located around 200 yards downstream from the bridge that crosses the river.  Look for a very large upcropping of bedrock sticking out through the gravel bar (with some red markings on it).  Our upper boundary sign is posted on a tree there.

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Camping is available at the river access near the bridge. There is a toilet facility at a small rest stop along Highway 96 just upriver from the Independence Bridge. There are also several wide pull-offs along Highway 96 where you can set up camp with an overview of your mining program. The downstream end of this property butts up to our K-25 property at mile marker 27.16. With the exception of a short portion of the river between Independence Creek and the bridge just upstream, we now hold nearly three continuous miles of this very rich stretch of river!

From previous experience, we can tell you that the best line of gold for surface mining and underwater crevicing is going to be on the far side of the river (from the road). There is going to be some comparatively easy access towards the upper end. This is because the bridge there will allow you to reach the other side, park your vehicle and walk down. Access to the far side of the river further down this very extensive property will require a boat. There are several slow sections of river that will allow relatively easy crossing (small boat with motor).

Much has been written about this property, since this is where the original strike was made which brought Dave McCracken over to the Klamath River during 1984.  Our announcement  when we acquired this claim provides more helpful information.   Dave also wrote more about the background of this property in this article.

PROSPECTS:  This is a very rich gold property! The reason is because it contains three separate lines of high-grade gold: (1) Independence Creek has been depositing a steady line of larger, crystalline gold into the river for about a million years. One of Siskiyou County’s richest pocket mines is located about a mile up the creek. This gold has more of a crystalline texture to it; it is very unique! Over the years, we found a bunch of it on our K-25 property about 1 ½ miles downstream from the mouth of the creek. Some beautiful specimens were found down there! I am predicting that the best is yet to come off the east side of the river on this new property. (2) One of Siskiyou County’s richest hydraulic mines, “Bunker Hill,” directed its tail races into the Klamath River just upstream of this property. We personally have seen others recover 6 and 7-ounce days mining redeposited gold on the lower end of this property. The gold was resting directly on top of the bottom strata of original streambed. We believe that the best is yet to come from redeposited gold in the shallower stretches of river on the upper portion of this property. (3) The original streambed out in the river is rich, rich, rich! Most of it remains in place. 

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Elk Creek :: Indian Creek :: Scott River :: Thompson Creek
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