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“Here follow the mining properties available to our members on the North Fork of the Salmon River.”

For those members who think the Main Stem of the Salmon River is beautiful, just wait until you see how nice it is up the North Fork! The area is like something right out of a story book. The views coming in from the upper road out of Etna (from Yreka) are outstanding!By the way, the road in from Yreka (through Etna) is generally better than the lower road in from Somes Bar at the mouth of the Salmon. Although it is steeper in places, it is generally wider and a better road. If you are traveling from Interstate 5, you can probably save a few hours by going to the North Fork through Etna. Please look at the enclosed full-color map to get a better look at this.

Forks of the Salmon (“Forks”) is a small community that is located around 19 miles up the Main Stem from the mouth of the Salmon. It is where the Main Stem meets both the North and South Forks. There is a post office there, a small store and a place that sells fuel and propane. We will use the Forks as a reference point to describe where our claims are along the North Fork:

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SAN-1 SAN-2 SAN-3A SAN-4 SAN-6
 

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 49’45.0″N 122 36’16.5″W

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The lower boundary of this claim is located at mile marker 102.5 on Highway 96. Route 263 is the road which follows the Shasta River to Yreka. The upper boundary of UK-4 is located a half-mile downstream from where Route 263 meets Highway 96. Watch for the Club’s boundary signs posted on trees alongside Highway 96. There is a river access area towards the lower end of the claim.

While there is some room for some camping at the river access area, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) enforces a two week camping limit at this location. Please be very careful to not block or inhibit the use by others of this river access. It is a popular rafting launch and fishing area for local residents.

PROSPECTS: This is historically one of the richest sections of the Klamath River. Pan-tests along the high water mark are showing consistent color. There is some incredible-looking bedrock out in the river!

Just so you know, this new claim is only about a mile upstream from where Dave McCracken dredged up a 15.5 ounce gold nugget and recovered 24 ounces of gold on a single day! We have been watching this claim for many years. Now we have it!

Several members have begun dredge-testing on the claim and have been turning up fines, flakes and small nuggets out of a hard-packed natural streambed which is on bedrock, and sometimes on a cemented layer of older streambed (false bedrock). There is excellent potential on this claim!

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 50’44.1″N 122 40’59.6″W

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K-1 HUMBUG TAILING CLAIM- The Humbug Tailing Claim is located approximately 2 miles downriver from the Forest Service Tree of Heaven campground, which is located directly across from the Klamath River’s confluence with Humbug Creek. This is a short claim with both boundaries clearly posted on trees. The upper-claim boundary (mile marker 97.27) butts up against the downriver boundary of the LDMA patented mining claim. There is camping at this location–which is limited to two weeks.

PROSPECTS: This section of the river has an exceptional mining history. Members have been dredging off the road-side of the river using 4-inch dredges and having substantial success in fine and flake gold – and even nuggets. You can see the cobble piles where some dredging has taken place out in the river. Not much has been done out towards the middle of the river, yet. Some surface prospecting has been done out of the water, and members say they did pretty good. The Club sponsored a Group Dredging Project along K-1 and found some pretty good gold. Look for the gold along the bottom of a hard-packed flood layer near the surface, which is sitting on top of loose old bucket-line dredge tailings. Some flakes and nuggets have also been found along the far side off the bedrock.

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“Here follow the mining properties available to our members on the Scott River.”

 

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 51’23.0″N 122 42’8.4″W

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Klamath River Claim K-2


K-2 SKEAHAN BAR CLAIMS – are located three miles downriver from the Forest Service Tree of Heaven campground. Boundaries are clearly marked on trees alongside the highway (upper boundary at mile marker 96.00, and lower boundary at mile marker 95.49). Skeahan Bar is also a Forest Service developed river access (mile marker 95.59) location. Camping is available at this location–limited to two weeks.

PROSPECTS: This section of river has a proven rich mining history.

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I-3 I-2 I-2A I-1 I-4 I-1A

 

 

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 51’31.3″N 122 45’1.5″W

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K-2A GOTTVILLE MINING CLAIM – Location: This property is located around 4 miles upstream from the community of Klamath River. The upper boundary sign is posted on a tree near mile marker 92:33. The lower boundary sign is posted on a tree near mile marker 91:83.

Access: There is a really nice developed USFS river access which can be found at mile marker 92:14. A high-quality, toilet facility exists there, along with a special disabled parking location. There is even a special sidewalk to allow disabled persons more-easy access to the river. As other river users make use of this developed access, we will please need to be very mindful to not block the access with our own activity. By this, we mean we will not be doing any camping down on the river access, and any parking must be accomplished in such a way as to not block access to others who will want to get in there with boat trailers and turn around.

There is also some pretty good access on the far side of the river. The best way to get over there is to drive downriver on Highway-96 to the Walker Road Bridge (at mile marker 84:04), turn left, and drive about 7 miles upriver on a pretty good road which exists on the far side of the river. We have our claim boundaries posted over there, as well.

Camping: There is a limited-sized camping area on the Highway-96 side of the river towards the top-end of the claim. There is a larger camping area at the river access area on the other side of the river. It would be smart to look at either one of these before deciding to drive RV’s down into them (to make sure you can get back out of there!). By the way, there is developed fresh water on the claim flowing from a spring on the far side of the river.

Perhaps the best camping available is located on K-2 at Skeahan Bar, which is located just three miles upriver. Skeahan Bar provides an extensive camping area. It is also a really good place to mine!

PROSPECTS: This section of river has perhaps the most proven rich mining history of all our mining properties. It is well established that one of the best ways to establish rich gold deposits today is to go to the exact areas where the old-timers found them. To see where the old-timers struck it rich, just look for where they left the large rock piles behind. You will find more huge old rock piles in the Gottville Mining District, than anywhere else along the Klamath River. There are a bunch of them on this claim!

When looking at these single, stand-alone rock piles, it is important to understand what they are. Most of them were not formed off the backside of some massive gold recovery systems. In other words, they are not actually “tailings.” The huge single piles, as we see them on this new claim, were mostly associated with large, mechanized derricks. These were used to drag buckets of material and boulders out of large hand-excavations that were being dug out in the river – or sometimes in the bars alongside the river. To get a better understanding of this, please read Wing dams & Derrick Piles

Here follows a Sampling Report which was authored by several experienced New 49’er Members who sampled the claim before the Club purchased it.

If you look at the images here, you will see that there is some fantastic river-diversity on this claim – nice river bends, some slow water areas and at least four natural riffles (rapids) which will have contributed nicely to forming well-developed gold paths and pay-streaks in the river and on the banks. While we have reports of nice gold coming out of the piles, there should be good potential in the dry streambeds alongside of the river, too.

Based upon the sampling report authored by Sean, there should be some, for lack of an easier term, “recreational” excellent dredging opportunity within a re-deposited pay-layer that is close to the surface of the river-bottom. By “recreational,” we mean perhaps the pay-dirt can be reached with smaller-sized dredges or members who are not able to invest substantial time and/or physical effort (we all have our personal limitations).

There is going to be some very serious, commercial dredging opportunity for those members who possess the experience and resources to access the remaining original streambed at the bottom of the river. There will be some rich gold deposits on this claim!

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