I-1 LOWER MAIN INDIAN CREEK CLAIM




LOCATION

RIVER: Indian Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

Is located about 8 miles up Indian Creek Road from Happy Camp. The lower boundary is located .5 mile upstream from the Indian Creek bridge at South Fork. The upper creek boundary of the claim is 1.8 miles up Indian Creek Road from the bridge at South Fork - or .2 of 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


There has been a very limited amount of prospecting by members on these claims. Toward the upper end, several members were doing quite well, recovering fine gold and flakes off a flood layer approximately 18 inches deep in the gravel. Bedrock could be much deeper in some locations. Indian creek has a proven record of good gold deposits. Therefore, the prospects look good on these claims.

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I-2 UPPER MAIN INDIAN CREEK CLAIM




LOCATION

RIVER: Indian Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE 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 of a mile upstream - or is located .3 of mile downstream from the next Indian Creek bridge.

PROSPECTS


Members have actually only done a small amount of prospecting on this claim - but the area should be very rich, because it is located directly beneath the famous Classic Hill and County Mine Hydraulic areas. Several years ago, two members were dredging on this claim and said they did very well. Otherwise, I know very little. This section of Indian Creek has a very rich history, and therefore the prospects look excellent.

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I-3 WEST BRANCH OF INDIAN CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Indian Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

Are located .9 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 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 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 club signs. The boundary sign at the lower creek boundary is posted on a tree about .25 miles downstream from the campground. The upper creek boundary is so far up there, you will probably have difficulty finding the sign. Camping is allowed for two weeks in the developed Forest Service campground. Visitor wanting to stay longer may camp in a special access area at the lowest end of the campground. Watch for signs.

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 as 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 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 look very good!

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I-4 SOUTH FORK OF INDIAN CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Indian Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

Can be located by traveling 7.4 miles up Indian Creek Road From Happy Camp, and turning left to drive across the Indian Creek bridge (South Fork Road). The South Fork road splits .1 of a mile up from the bridge. These claims can be accessed going in either direction. You can reach a good camping area and creek access point by taking the right fork in the road, and traveling .4 of a mile, to turn left onto a primitive access road. This road will lead you to the creek and camping area. Watch for New 49'er directional signs. Following the left hand fork of South Fork road will put you on Forest Service road #17N32. Shortly thereafter, you will cross another South Fork bridge. The New 49'er South Fork claim is located .6 of a mile further up the road, on the right. The lower boundary is posted on the side of this road, and is also posted down along the creek, just upstream from a steel cable which crosses the creek. The upper creek boundary adjoins private property and is very well marked. There is also a side creek which enters South Fork from the left side when looking upstream. It is located near the upper end of the South Fork claim. This side creek also carries gold, and is part of the south fork claim. Watch for New 49'er directional claim signs.

PROSPECTS


The entire South Fork claim has been producing excellent gold for our members using dredges. The gold has been found in hard packed streambed along the bedrock. Much of the upper end of the claim has been dredged. The lower end may still be pretty much unworked. Look for hardpacked natural streambed. The gold is nuggety and jewelry grade. Also, the side creek carries good gold, and for the most part, has not yet been prospected or mined. Several members ere highbanking up this side creek and did very well. You can still see the excavation if you go look. Overall, the prospects in this area are very good in the areas which still have hardpacked streambeds in place.

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I-5 LITTLE SOUTH FORK OF INDIAN CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Indian Creek

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

ABOUT THE CLAIM

Can be located by crossing the South Fork bridge located 7.4 miles up Indian Creek Road from Happy Camp. Take the left fork .1 of a mile up South Fork Road onto Forest Service road #17N32 and cross the South Fork bridge. There is another fork in the road about 4.4 miles up this road. Stay to the right on #17N32. You will reach a low water bridge crossing 1.4 miles further along. This is located on the I-5 claims. Just after going across the low water crossing, there is a primitive access road to the left, which follows Little South Fork for some distance. There is camping along the way. I suggest you look before driving in. The lower creek boundary is a long way downstream, near the confluence with South Fork of Indian Creek. The upper boundary is so far up the creek, the sign may be difficult to find.

PROSPECTS


Early on, a member claimed that he dredged a lot of gold from the creek, just upstream from the low water crossing. Other members have tried in the same location and were not able to reach bedrock. There are a lot of boulders! Otherwise, very little testing has been done.

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