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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 53’37.1″N 123 26’4.5″W

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I-1 LOWER MAIN INDIAN CREEK CLAIM – is located about 8 miles up Indian Creek Road from Happy Camp. The lower boundary is located 1/2 mile upstream from the Indian Creek Bridge at South Fork. There is an access road and campground that leads off to the left, 8/10 of a mile up Indian Creek Road from the bridge at South Fork. The up-creek boundary of the claim is 1.8 miles up Indian Creek Road from the bridge at South Fork-or 2/10 of a mile up Indian Creek Road from the Forest Service #18N180 road. There are several paths which have been created to gain access to the creek.

PROSPECTS: Toward the upper end of these claims, several members were doing quite well recovering fine gold and flakes off a flood layer approximately 18 inches deep into the gravel. Bedrock could be much deeper in some locations. Indian creek has a very proven record of good gold deposits. It is not necessary to reach bedrock, because there is also a flood layer on these claims that is paying well in fine and flake gold.

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E-1 E-2 E-3 E-4 E-5

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Here are GPS Coordinates for Stretches of the South Umpqua (“SU”), and Public Access Points,
that are open to Suction Dredging and Surface Hand Mining.

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SU-1 coordinates:
43 12’51.72”N, 123 20’38.20”W
43 12’58.04”N, 123 22’33.94”W

Access SU-1-A coordinate:
43 13’03.24”N, 123 22’29.38”W

Access SU-1-B coordinate:
43 13’01.72”N, 123 22’18.91”W

Access SU-1-C coordinate:
43 13’01.65”N, 123 22’11.21”W

Access SU-1-D coordinate:
43 13’05.07”N, 123 21’59.76”W

Access SU-1-E coordinate:
43 13’15.77”N, 123 21’17.02”W

Access SU-1-F coordinate:
43 12’50.08”N, 123 20’36.45”W

SU-2 coordinates:
43 12’41.62”N, 123 21’00.33”W
43 12’45.66”N, 123 20’51.64”W

Access SU-2-A coordinate:
43 12’42.84”N, 123 20’48.50”W

Access SU-2-B coordinate:
43 12’45.72”N, 123 21’04.84”W

SU-3 coordinates:
43 11’56.59”N, 123 21’18.54”W
43 12’37.19”N, 123 21’12.86”W

Access SU-3-A coordinate:
43 12’25.96”N, 123 21’23.47”W

Access SU-3-B coordinate:
43 12’12.26”N, 123 21’19.16”W

SU-4 coordinates:
43 11’32.23”N, 123 21’27.12”W
43 11’56.59”N, 123 21’18.54”W

Access SU-4-A coordinate:
43 11’40.64”N, 123 21’18.87”W

SU-5 coordinates:
43 10’48.55”N, 123 22’19.76”W
43 11’32.23”N, 123 21’27.12”W

Access SU-5-A coordinate:
43 11’32.55”N, 123 21’35.71”W

Access SU-5-B coordinate:
43 10’59.98”N, 123 22’24.74”W

SU-6 coordinates:
43 09’42.13”N, 123 23’41.74”W
43 09’56.21”N, 123 23’40.24”W

Access SU-6-A coordinate:
43 09’41.03”N, 123 23’39.36”W

SU-7 coordinates:
43 04’52.93”N, 123 23’10.36”W
43 04’44.40”N, 123 23’36.56”W

Access SU-7-A coordinate:
43 04’52.26”N, 123 23’13.76”W

SU-8 coordinates:
43 04’47.92”N, 123 22’04.75”W
43 04’49.84”N, 123 22’05.16”W

Access SU-8-A coordinate:
43 04’50.26”N, 123 22’01.07”W

SU-9 coordinates:
43 04’07.41”N, 123 22’16.00”W
43 04’30.70”N, 123 22’07.17”W

Access SU-9-A coordinate:
43 04’09.26”N, 123 22’14.45”W

SU-10 coordinates:
43 03’47.20”N, 123 20’32.13”W
43 03’49.19”N, 123 20’54.69”W

Access SU-10-A coordinate:
43 03’45.16”N, 123 20’37.33”W

SU-11 coordinates:
43 02’36.33”N, 123 19’53.35”W
43 03’08.88”N, 123 19’50.20”W

Access SU-11-A coordinate:
43 02’37.54N, 123 19’55.33”W

SU-12 coordinates:
43 01’48.10”N, 123 18’47.73”W
43 01’00.83”N, 123 18’01.00”W

Access SU-12-A coordinate:
43 01’53.57”N, 123 18’40.67”W

Access SU-12-B coordinate:
43 01’30.57”N, 123 17’50.58”W

Access SU-12-C coordinate:
43 01’28.87”N, 123 17’37.12”W

Access SU-12-D coordinate:
43 01’11.89”N, 123 17’55.78”W

SU-13 coordinates:
42 56’49.99”N, 123 20’08.50”W
42 57’07.53”N, 123 20’09.09”W

Access SU-13-A coordinate:
42 56’53.56”N, 123 20’08.38”W

SU-14 coordinates:
42 56’45.01”N, 123 17’26.80”W
42 56’54.70”N, 123 17’44.71”W

Access SU-14-A coordinate:
42 56’46.64”N, 123 17’36.95”W

Access SU-14-B coordinate:
42 57’00.16”N, 123 17’34.45”W

SU-15 coordinates:
42 56’25.92”N, 123 15’46.40”W
42 56’23.86”N, 123 15’59.22”W

Access SU-15-A coordinate:
42 56’23.60”N, 123 15’53.40”W

SU-16 coordinates:
42 56’52.42”N, 123 10’11.60”W
42 56’59.64”N, 123 10’23.45”W

Access SU-16-A coordinate:
42 56’59.71”N, 123 10’25.65”W

SU-17 coordinates:
42 56’22.57”N, 123 06’30.11”W
42 56’18.24”N, 123 06’33.07”W

Access SU-17-A coordinate:
42 56’24.83”N, 123 06’33.99”W

SU-18 coordinates:
42 55’44.95”N, 123 03’29.36”W
42 55’43.43”N, 123 03’22.10”W

Access SU-18-A coordinate:
42 55’45.79”N, 123 03’26.38”W

SU-19 coordinates:
42 55’51.96”N, 123 02’25.09”W
42 56’19.83”N, 123 02’11.12”W

Access SU-19-A coordinate:
42 55’56.98”N, 123 02’23.59”W

 
 

Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 51’47.9″N 123 24’10.0″W

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I-1A overview


I-1A INDIAN CREEK AT LUTHER GULCHis located 5.3 miles up Indian Creek Road from the Club office in Happy Camp. Watch for our directional signs posted on trees (both sides of the road). There is a dirt road that extends down towards the creek from Indian Creek Road. Take the right-side split in the road, and you will see a gate. Please keep the gate closed. The combination on our lock is: R to 25, L to 35, R to 13. There is little camping available on the creek-side of the gate. Please don’t block the access road. Watch for an ATV trail that follows alongside the creek bed. The claim’s upper and lower boundaries are posted on trees alongside the creek.

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Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 46’26.2″N 123 22’39.1″W (at top of road access)

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Elk Creek Claim E-1


E-1 LOWER ELK CREEK CLAIMS

These claims have a primitive access road leading down near to them, which can be found 1.9 miles up Elk Creek Road, on the right-hand side. The access road is not difficult to find because it is the only one leading toward the creek within the vicinity. The access road is narrow and bumpy and extends 1/3 of a mile down to the creek. We suggest you look before driving in. There is no room to turn a trailer around at the bottom. Because there is so little room at the bottom, we ask that members do not camp down there. The parking area is actually located on the upstream adjoining claim. The upper creek boundary is posted on a tree several hundred yards downstream from the road access point. The lower boundary is also posted on a tree alongside the creek.

PROSPECTS: This section of Elk Creek is proven to carry rich gold deposits, so the prospects are excellent.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 54’37.5″N 123 26’59.6″W
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I-2 UPPER MAIN INDIAN CREEK CLAIM – has its downstream boundary posted 2.8 miles up Indian Creek Road from the Indian Creek Bridge at South Fork. There are several access roads with camping along this claim. One is called “Coon Run” river access. This is located 3.1 miles up Indian Creek Road from the bridge at South Fork Road. The upper boundary is another 3/10 of a mile upstream-or is located 3/10 of a mile downstream from the next Indian Creek bridge.

PROSPECTS: This claim is located directly beneath the famous Classic Hill and County Mine hydraulic areas. The tailings from the old mines washed down during the 1964 flood, and deposited a fairly rich layer of flood gold from 18-inches to 2-feet into the streambed material. Members have been dredging and shoveling (out of the water), and have been doing well on top of a shallow streambed layer. This section of Indian Creek has a very rich history, and the prospects are excellent.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 44’31.4″N 123 21’3.2″W

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Elk Creek Claim E-2


E-2 EAST FORK OF ELK CREEK CLAIMS – can be located by turning left on Forest Service road #45N19, just before the 5-mile bridge on Elk Creek. The first creek access and camping area is located about 1/10th of a mile up the road. Watch for the turn-off. The road actually leads to a very nice camping spot along the main fork of Elk Creek. As there is very limited room to turn things around in there, we suggest you look before driving in. The second access and camping area is located 3/4 of a mile up the same Forest Service road #45N19. There is a New 49′er directional sign pointing the way. The access road is primitive and narrow, and we recommend you look before driving into this area. There is very little room at the bottom to turn a trailer around. There is no lower boundary posted, because these claims connect to the E-3 Elk Creek claims at the confluence of the main stem of Elk Creek. The upper creek boundary is posted alongside the road 3/10 of a mile beyond a green gate. There is also an access point and small campground at this location. The remainder of the creek is reasonably accessible from the main road. Watch out for poison oak.

PROSPECTS: This is an excellent place to learn how to dredge, because the creek is shallow, boulders are generally not a big problem, the gravel is generally shallow to bedrock-and there are gold nuggets! The nuggets are associated with hard-packed streambed and lie along the bedrock in the cracks and traps. The claim is quite long, and for the most part has not been sampled or mined. The gold tends to be a bit spotty, so you have to have some patience. When you find it, it tends to be in small pockets along the bedrock. The prospects for gold recovery on these claims are good!

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Important note concerning Mining & Dredging Seasons on this Property

Google Earth Coordinates: 41 54’59.10″N 123 27’59.10″W

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This property adjoins the upper-end of the Club’s I-2 property, just under the shadow of the historic Classic Hill Mine. The property then follows Indian Creek upstream all the way up to about a ¼-mile downstream of the Club’s I-3 property near the West Branch Campground on Indian Creek.

There is easy access towards the lower-end of this property (below the Classic Hill Mine), and near where Indian Creek Road crosses Indian Creek. Thereafter, Indian Creek Road winds its way up the hill towards Oregon, moving a bit further away from Indian Creek. However, there is a very nice unimproved dirt road which extends down onto this new property from up near the West Branch Campground. Access to this road may require getting a key from the Forest Service (USFS) in Happy Camp to get through 2 gates which are presently blocking passage for vehicle use. A large flood washed out the bridge to the West Branch Campground several years ago; and since the bridge has yet to be repaired, the USFS has closed the gates, probably for public safety reasons. Some people have been riding trail bikes past the gates to gain access to this road. The road is in pretty good shape. It provides access directly to the creek and a nice camping area on this new property.

The lower boundary of I-2A is not marked, because the boundary adjoins I-2, another long Club property which follows Indian Creek further downstream. The upper boundary of I-2A is marked with a New 49′er boundary sign on a tree alongside of Indian Creek Road. There is a ¼-mile stretch of Indian Creek which separates the upper-end of I-2A and the lower-end of the Club’s I-3.

PROSPECTS: The prospects for high-grade gold and beautiful gold nuggets on this property are fantastic! One contributing reason for this is that the tail races from the famous Huey Mine discharged themselves directly into Indian Creek on this property!

Several years ago, one of our more aggressive members, Dale Carnagey, dredged some sample holes on Indian Creek just below one of the tail races of the Huey Mine, and he was picking up really nice jewelry gold and nuggets before he realized that he was not on a Club property. To our knowledge, nobody has returned since Dale departed the area. In fact, it has been Dale’s constant encouragement that prompted the Club to acquire this property.

A closer look down along the creek (in the area where Dale was dredging) will show virgin streambed eroding off of the bedrock into the creek, directly beneath the Huey Mine. Wow, does that look good! No doubt, this is the result of the large winter storm which washed out the bridge to the West Branch Campground a few years ago.


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