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Klamath river Claim K-3


K-3 GOTTVILLE CLAIMS – are located 2 miles upriver from the town of Klamath River. The claims can be accessed from either side of the river. To reach the far side, cross the Walker Creek bridge, which is located 3-1/2 miles downriver from the town of Klamath River, and turn left on Walker Creek Road (which is gravel, but maintained). The downriver boundary (mile marker 89.68) of the claim is posted on a tree alongside the road. The upriver boundary of the claim is posted on a tree alongside Highway 96 near mile marker 90.51. There is some private property, with one house, between the river and Highway 96 about midway along the claim. Please allow the owners some space and privacy. The claim is about a mile long. Camping is available on the far side of the river–limited to two weeks.

PROSPECTS: This claim is located in the Gottville Mining District, which was historically one of the richest sections of the Klamath River.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 48’36.0″N 123 6’56.3″W

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K-10 O’NEIL CREEK CLAIMS – are located at the confluence of O’Neil Creek, which is 8 miles upriver from where Seiad Creek is crossed by Highway 96. At mile marker 65.38, there is a Forest Service developed fee-campground (sometimes closed) a short distance up O’Neil Creek which allows a two-week stay. We have a river access road (mile marker 65.50) just upriver from O’Neil Creek. The road is narrow and bumpy and we recommend you look first, before driving down there. Our upriver boundary (mile marker 65.60) is located just upriver from the river access. Directly downriver from O’Neil Creek, there is a pull-off from Highway 96 which acts as a parking area. It is directly in front of an old road, closed off by a gate. Across Highway 96 (at mile marker 65.37) from this parking area, you will find a trail which leads down to the claim along the river. While following the trail, you will notice a sudden right turn-which detours the trail around a parcel of private property. The private property is well marked, with the owner particular about maintaining his privacy. The downriver boundary of the claim is marked by a large sign on a tree on the far side of the river.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Between June 15 and October 15, there will be no dredging within 500 feet of the mouth of O’Neil Creek at K-10, except that dredging is allowed below the major rapids that are downstream of the mouth.

PROSPECTS: This claim has proven very rich during the past several years. Gravel is generally shallow to bedrock or false bedrock (very hard-packed layer). The claim has produced well from top to bottom, for dredging and mining outside of the river. Both sides of the river, and the middle, pay well. There is a false bedrock layer, generally about 2 feet deep into the gravel, which consistently pays well. If it is not paying on this layer, it means someone else got there first. A good portion of the far bank, and most of the center of the river, has not yet been prospected or mined. Therefore, the prospects look very good.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 49’5.1″N 123 7’51.1″W

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K-11 SCHUTTS GULCH CLAIMS – The downriver boundary (mile marker 63.58) is located about 3 miles upriver from where Highway 96 crosses Seiad Creek. It is located directly at the confluence of Schutt’s Gulch–which enters from the far side of the river. A lower boundary sign is on a post near the highway, directly across from Schutts Gulch. The upriver boundary (mile marker 64.73) is located about 1.5 miles upriver, adjoining private property where you will see the first home between Highway 96 and the river. The upriver boundary is posted on a tree alongside the highway. There is a small camping and USFS river access area (named “Rocky Point” at mile marker 64.46) toward the upper end of the claim (two week camping limit). Please don’t block the river access or chemical toilet! Use of the far-side camping area requires members or guests to provide your own porta-potty to meet sanitary requirements. The far side of the river, with a large campground (no extended camping permitted–two week limit) used to be accessible from Ladd Road in Seiad Valley, just upriver from the bridge where Highway 96 crosses the river. But parts of this road have been washed out and it gets very rough. We strongly suggest you look the road over once before deciding to pull any trailer to the camp-area on the other side.

PROSPECTS: This claim has been a substantial producer of gold for our members, from top to bottom. River gravels are generally shallow to bedrock or false bedrock. Nuggets and jewelry gold have been reported. The far side, upper area has been one of the Club’s best producers for mining out of the water. Look for gold in the top 6 to 8 inches of gravel. Most of the claim has yet to be tested.

The Club sponsored a Group Dredging Project on this claim during the 2004 season, and then followed with a second project a few months later.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 50’10.5″N 123 10’31.3″W

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Klamath River Claim K-12


K-12 UPPER SEIAD CLAIMS – are located 1.2 miles upriver from where Highway 96 crosses Seiad Creek. The Highway 96 bridge across the Klamath River serves as the lower boundary of this claim. Access to the the upper half is blocked by some private property that extends across the river, and the owners are fond of their privacy. Look for the signs the owner has posted along the river.  Therefore, access to the upriver portion must be done by boat or from Ladd Road in Seiad Valley, located just north from the bridge where Highway 96 crosses the river.

PROSPECTS: We have very little information about how members have done on this claim. However, the prospects look promising because rich gold deposits have been dredged from the river during recent years from the claims located just up and down river.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 51’8.6″N 123 13’49.1″W

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K-13 AND K-14 LOWER SEIAD & PORTUGUESE CREEK CLAIMS - are located just upriver from the confluence of Portuguese Creek-which is approximately 3 miles downriver from where Highway 96 crosses Seiad Creek. Boundary signs posted on trees mark the downriver (mile marker 57.14) claim boundary. The upriver claim boundary (mile marker 59.14) is posted on a tree around 2 miles upriver. There is a river access on the claim named “Sluice Box”, with a small campground, just downriver from Seiad Valley. Longer-term camping is available to members on the gravel bar area toward the upper end of this claim.

PROSPECTS: These claims have been very good gold producers for members of our Club. Much of the gravel is reasonably shallow to bedrock. Lots of nuggets and jewelry gold have been recovered off the property, from the top end, to the bottom, mostly off the far side of the river. Fine and flake gold seems to concentrate towards the road-side of the river. In addition to sampling which members have done on this claim, we also confirmed this on a Group Mining Project where we also had quite a challenging adventure trying to recover beautiful gold nuggets from a deep water location. Most of the claim has yet to be adequately tested. The gravel bars on the far side of the river provide some of the Club’s best surface mining opportunities.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 50’9.7″N 122 56’35.4″W

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Klamath River Claim K-4


K-4 OAK BAR CLAIMS – are located three miles downriver from the old Oak Knoll Ranger Station. The upper boundary is located at mile marker 79.61, and the lower boundary is located at mile marker 79.33. Boundary signs are well posted on trees, not far down river from Kohl Creek. The claim is approximately a half-mile long. Access is reasonably easy.

PROSPECTS: The upper boundary butts up to the Oak Bar private property-which has a very rich history of placer gold mining.

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K-13 AND K-14 LOWER SEIAD & PORTUGUESE CREEK CLAIMS – are located just upriver from the confluence of Portuguese Creek-which is approximately 3 miles downriver from where Highway 96 crosses Seiad Creek. Boundary signs posted on trees mark the downriver (mile marker 57.14) claim boundary. The upriver claim boundary (mile marker 59.14) is posted on a tree around 2 miles upriver. There is a river access on the claim named “Sluice Box”, with a small campground, just downriver from Seiad Valley. (2 week limit).

Dredging Gold with 24 people at K-14 & K-15A!

PROSPECTS:These claims have been very good gold producers for members of our Club. Much of the gravel is reasonably shallow to bedrock. Lots of nuggets and jewelry gold have been recovered off the property, from the top end, to the bottom, mostly off the far side of the river. Fine and flake gold seems to concentrate towards the road-side of the river. Most of the claim has yet to be adequately tested. The gravel bars on the far side of the river provide some of the Club’s best surface mining opportunities.

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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 52’7.6″N 123 17’6.3″W

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K-15 GLORY HOLE CLAIMS – The downriver boundary is located one mile upriver from the confluence of Thompson Creek. Tim’s Creek (mile marker 53.17) is the lower boundary of the Glory Hole Claims. The upper end of the Glory Hole Claim (mile marker 54.17) is located approximately one mile further upriver from Tim’s Creek, and adjoins the private property where the fenced garden is located between Highway 96 and the river. This fence marks the upper boundary of the Glory Hole, along with our boundary sign posted on a tree. K-15A (Mega-Hole) extends upriver from there. There are numerous developed paths and trails leading from Highway 96 into the Glory Hole Claims. All vehicle access to the claim is blocked by private property, although the access road to the upper end of the claim is open.

PROSPECTS:This is one of the richest claims owned by the Club, and has provided (estimated) hundreds of ounces of gold to members during past years. Much of the river has been dredged on these claims, and a large portion of the bank on the Highway 96-side of the river has been mined. The far bank remains relatively undisturbed because access requires a boat. Bedrock, or false bedrock, is generally shallow on these claims. A good portion of the lower claims has not been dredged yet. Therefore, it is likely that rich deposits still remain in place for the finding, both in the river, and all along the far bank. The rapids along the center of the claim have yet to be cleaned out, and offer excellent potential for experienced members.

The Club sponsored a Group Dredging Project on this claim during the 2004 season.

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Google Earth Coordinates: 41 55’54.6″N 123 28’28.7″W

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I-3 WEST BRANCH OF INDIAN CREEK CLAIMS – are located 9/10 of a mile up Indian Creek Road from the last Indian Creek bridge-or approximately just short of 12 miles up Indian Creek Road from Happy Camp. Look for the U.S. Forest Service “West Branch” campground sign on the right side. The access road will *cross a bridge and lead into the campground, where you can take a right turn onto a one-way drive through, or you can go straight-which will lead you to another access road (#18N31A), which will go through a gate and take you near a creek access point further upstream. This road is somewhat primitive, so members should be cautious. The one-way road through the campground will lead you down toward the creek, where we have several trails leading directly to the creek. Watch for our signs. The boundary sign at the lower-creek boundary is posted on a tree about 1/4 mile downstream from the campground. The upper-creek boundary is so far up there, you will probably have difficulty finding the sign. Camping (for a fee) is allowed for two weeks in the developed Forest Service campground. Members wanting to stay longer may camp in a special access area at the lowest end of the campground. Watch for signs.

*This bridge was destroyed during the January flood of 2006, and is temporarily closed to vehicle traffic.

PROSPECTS: We had a number of members working the lower end of these claims, below the campground, several years ago-and all of them were excited about the gold they were recovering. Some large nuggets were found, along with lots of jewelry gold. Gravel depth was around 2-3 feet in this area. The gold was along the bedrock. Most of the claim has yet to be tested. Some reports by members indicate that the gravel may be deeper further upstream on the claims. We have a few reports that good gold has also been found on the upper end of the claims. This is not surprising in view of the gold being recovered off the lower end. The prospects are very good!

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