Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 38’17.2″N 123 27’55.4″W

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K-25 LOWER INDEPENDENCE CANYON CLAIM – The upriver boundary (mile marker 27.16) sign is posted on a tree alongside Highway 96, located 13.3 miles below Happy Camp-or about a mile downriver from the Independence bridge. The upper boundary is about 200 yards downriver from Crawford Creek, which passes under Highway 96 through a very large culvert. The upper end of this property butts up to our K-24A. The lower boundary is marked along Highway 96 at mile marker 26.29. The claim can be accessed by various paths and trails which have been created along the hillside. There is one old road which extends part way down to the river which some members are using for a trail. This is located in a large Highway 96 pull-off, just upriver from the most upriver private property. The location is marked with a claim sign. Camping can be done on this large pull-off.

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PROSPECTS: This is one of the richest mining properties owned by the Club. Hundreds (estimate) of ounces of gold have been dredged from the claim just above during the past several years. Some members have sampled and mined on the upper end of this claim and found the deposits to be very rich. Surface mining the exposed bedrock is also very good. The problem to overcome is access down the hill.

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K24,K24A,K25

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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Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 36’46.6″N 123 29’49.3″W

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K-25A – COONS CREEK CLAIM – This is the lower portion of the canyon that begins up on K-25. It butts up to our K-25AB property downstream. The lower boundary sign (mile marker 23.41) is posted on a tree alongside Highway 96 about 100 yards from the bridge that crosses Swillup Creek. A short distance upriver is the USFS Coon Creek river access (mile marker 23.85) (toilet during summer months). Because the access receives a lot of use from rafters, the Forest Service has asked us not to park or camp down on the river access road. A camping area does exist on the other side of the river there. There is also a small camping area just downriver from the river access, up into Coon Creek on a short dead-end road (at mile marker 23.68). The upper claim boundary (mile marker 24.56) is marked alongside the river across from the confluence of Ukonom Creek – or just up river from the road-side picnic area along Highway 96 (mile marker 24.44).

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Between June 15 and October 15, there will be no dredging within 500 feet upstream and 2000 feet downstream of the mouth of Ukonom Creek. This is an inaccessible area (deep canyon) of rapids at the upper end of our K-25A claim. During the same time periods, there is also no dredging within 500 feet of the mouths of Coon and Swillup Creeks.

PROSPECTS: Gold has been found on the lower end of the claim, with the adjoining claims below Swillup Creek producing rich dredging deposits, as well. Members have been boating up into the canyon from the Coon Creek river access, and doing exceptionally well on the far bank using gold pans and vack-mining equipment. They are finding the gold along the exposed bedrock well up the hillside away from the river.

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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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Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

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Upstream: 41°36’28.60″N 123°30’3.26″W
Downstream: 41°35’49.12″N 123°30’34.07″W

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Elliot Bar


At long last, we have acquired the 1.7 mile stretch of Klamath River which connects our Coons Creek and Cottage Grove Properties. This is approximately twenty miles downriver from Happy Camp.  This will now provide us with a continuous stretch of river that is more than 3.3 miles long. The lower boundary of K-25AB butts directly up against our Cottage Grove property at the access road near mile marker 21.93.  The upper boundary butts up to the lower end of our Coons Creek property about 100 yards upstream from Swillup Creek near mile marker 23.41.

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Important note:  The upper portion of the river area on this property is landlocked by private property.  Our mining claim takes in the river which flows around the private property.  This is shown in this diagram on Google Earth. There is some kind of private fee camping area there that we don’t know anything about.  You may be able to work something out with the owners.  Otherwise, the upper portion of the claim will only be accessible by boat.

Note from Dave Mack:  This is another area of the river where I personally have some early history dating back to 1984.  In fact, this is the first place that I put a dredge into the Klamath River.  I had five or six of my very first students with me, and I was going to show them how to sample.  We started in an area just downstream of the huge bar on the upper half of the claim (towards the upper end of the river in the image above). Digging a small hole on the edge of the river exposed cemented gravel inside of a bedrock crack.  It took us a while; but we picked the hard material out of the crack and found nuggets and chips of gold on the bedrock.  But the going was very slow, so we turned our attention to the river.

Floating my 5-inch dredge just out into the river, we started a sample hole between the bank and a section of faster water.  I was used to the much smaller and tamer Trinity River; and frankly, I remember being overwhelmed by the size, depth and ferocity of the Klamath.  The boulders were larger than I was used to; there seemed to be no bottom to the streambed material, and the river was so wide compared to what I was used to, it felt like we were just an ineffective needle in a haystack.  There was also a nagging feeling in me that there was not going to be much gold in the Klamath River.  We didn’t have enough experience there to know any better, yet.

The key moment was when I considered pushing on out to the edge of the fast water towards the middle of the river.  I crawled out there underwater and took a look.  The water was faster and deeper out there, but I could have done the sample, and it looked like I could get to bedrock in that place.  I remember deciding there was not going to be any gold out there.  These are the exact decisions we make that change our fate forever!  Had I done that sample, I cannot even imagine how differently the world would have gone. In fact, I might not even be writing this newsletter right now!  This was a good lesson, amongst many others over the years, why you should not give up hope too quickly.

One of my students offered to buy the claim. He was excited that we found gold nuggets so easily along the edge of the river (under the cemented gravel).  It was actually a group of ten claims.  Having acquired plenty of other claims, and always in need of financial capital, I decided to sell him that stretch of river.  That guy was a good student!  After he finished my class, he went out and dredged the sample I neglected to do further out in the river. He struck it rich within the first hour!  He ultimately dredged hundreds of ounces of gold from that single location!  Selling those claims was something I have regretted doing ever since.

Unfortunately, my ex-student died of a heart attack shortly thereafter, and the property has been held in private hands ever since.  The owners have refused to allow any outsiders to access the property.  To my knowledge, no mining or prospecting has been done on this extensive property beyond the original strike.  I have been waiting patiently to reacquire the long stretch of river for the past 30 years.  Now we have it!

PROSPECTS: Besides the extensive underwater suction mining opportunity remaining on this property, there is also enough surface mining potential on both sides of the river to keep our members busy for the rest of our days.  This is a huge property! There are extensive ancient hydraulic workings on the far side of the river which take up the lower half of the property.  There may be some really good electronic prospecting opportunity over there!

 

Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 35’39.9″N 123 30’40.2″W

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K-25b COTTAGE GROVE CLAIMS – are located 18.5 miles downriver from Happy Camp-or about 2 miles downriver from the Coon Creek river access. This property butts up to our K-25AB property just upriver. Several access roads (located at mile markers 21.68 & 21.93) used to extend down towards the river from Highway 96, but were washed out by a winter storm. Look for the upper (mile marker 21.93) and lower (mile marker 21.36) boundaries posted on trees along Highway 96. There is camping down along the access roads and on the gravel bar, although it is more of a challenge now to get there.

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PROSPECTS: Here is another very proven section of the Klamath River. Several dredgers hit very rich pay-dirt on K-25AB just upriver. Other members have been doing well suction mining along the edge of the river on the Hwy 96 side. Several members have done considerable suction mining up on the gravel bar on the Highway-96 side of the river where a water table allows dredging all summer long – and they have been finding nice nuggets! Considerable metal detecting activity has been done in the old hydraulic workings on the non-river side of Highway 96, with nice nuggets being found there, too. This claim has a lot of potential.

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K-25 A-B-AB

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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