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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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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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E-3 ELK CREEK CLAIMS AT THE 5-MILE BRIDGE – The lower creek boundary is marked 1/10 of a mile upstream from the 5-mile bridge on Elk Creek Road. The 5-mile bridge is the first bridge which crosses Elk Creek when driving up there from Highway 96. The first creek access and campground is located about 1/5 of a mile further upstream. When dredging in this area, please be careful not to disturb or undermine the special boulder fish weirs which have been constructed to improve the fishery habitat. There is a second access road and camping area located 1.3 miles further up Elk Creek Road from the 5-mile bridge. This access road is a bit narrow, and we suggest you look before driving in. The upper creek boundary is posted on a tree alongside the creek at the end of this road and camping area.

PROSPECTS: Members have done exceptionally well on these claims using suction dredges. The gold seems to come off bedrock and out of the lowest strata of gravels. There is a lot of nuggets and jewelry gold. Several members have come back year after year to dredge these claims. Gravel depth can be shallow to 8 or 9 feet thick, depending on the location. Most of the member activity has been at the lower portion of these claims. Prospects for the upper portion look just as promising. One woman dredging on the adjoining claim downstream recovered 10 ounces of gold nuggets in just one day using a 5-inch dredge. So the potential is great!

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Elk Creek Claim E-4


E-4 ELK CREEK CLAIMS AT THE 10-MILE BRIDGE – can be reached by driving a little more than nine miles up Elk Creek Road from Highway 96, and watching for the first substantial road that turns left. There is a bridge, which is located at about the center of our claims. After crossing the bridge, you can turn right or left to gain access to camping and other creek access points further up or downstream along Elk Creek. If you go in the upstream direction, you will find the access road and camping areas extend up to Doolittle Creek. If you go downstream, you will be turning left on Forest Service road #15N02, and you will find the lower creek boundary posted on a tree 6/10 of a mile downstream alongside the road. There are various primitive access roads extending down toward the creek. The last one is best and is marked with a New 49’er directional sign. This access road extends directly to the creek. The upper end of the creek claims can be located by continuing upstream on Elk Creek Road. The upper creek boundary is posted on a tree alongside the road 1/2 mile upstream from the 10-mile bridge. There is another access road located a short distance downstream from the bridge. This road dead-ends at a parcel of private property. As our claim butts up to the private property, our boundary sign can be found on a tree alongside the road.

PROSPECTS: The area has a rich gold mining history, with old mine workings along the banks near Doolittle Creek. We had several members say that they found good gold while dredging in the creek near the lowest access point toward the lower end of the claim.

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Dave Mack

“Here follows the mining property available to our members on Thompson Creek.”