K-1 HUMBUG TAILING CLAIM




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Is located approximately 2 miles down river from the Forest Service "Tree of Haven" 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 claim butts up against the down river boundary of the LDMA patented mining claim. We have camping at this location.

PROSPECTS


Unknown due to lack of club member activity on this claim. This section of the river has an exceptional mining history, but the gold deposits may be buried deep.

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K-2 SKEAHAN BAR CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Is located approximately 2 miles down river from the Forest Service "Tree of Haven" 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 claim butts up against the down river boundary of the LDMA patented mining claim. We have camping at this location.

PROSPECTS


Unknown due to lack of club member activity on this claim. This section of the river has an exceptional mining history, but the gold deposits may be buried deep.

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K-3 GOTTVILLE CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Are Located 2 miles up river 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 3.5 miles down river from the town of Klamath River, and turn left on Walker Creek Road. The down river boundary of the claim is posted on a tree on the far side of the river because there is private property between Hwy. 96 and the river. The up river boundary of the claim is posted on a tree along side of Hwy. 96 and is easily accessed. There is some private property, with one house, between the river and Hwy. 96 about midway along the claim. Please allow the owners some space and privacy. The claim is about a mile long.

PROSPECTS


Are unknown due to lack of club activity along these claims. However, this is located in the Gottville Mining District, which was historically one of the richest sections of the Klamath River.

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K-4 OAK BAR CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Are located three miles down river from the Oak Knoll Ranger Station. Boundary signs are well posted on trees. Claim is approximately a half mile long. Access is reasonably easy.

PROSPECTS


Are unknown due to lack of club activity on these claims. However, the upper boundary butts up to the Oak Bar private propery, which has a very rich history of placer gold mining.

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K-5 TEN SPOT CLAIM




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Is located four miles down river from the Oak Knoll Ranger Station. Boundary signs are well posted on trees alongside Hwy. 96. Access is reasonably easy.

PROSPECTS


Unknown because no one has tested this claim yet. However, it is located just upriver from out Brown Bear claims which are producing very well, so the prospects look promising.

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K-6 BROWN BEAR CLAIMS




Pictures of Mining Activities at Brown Bear

Brown Bear 1 Brown Bear 2

LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Are located six miles up the Klamath from its confluence with the Scott River. It is located half mile up river from the Walker Creek bridge - which is where Highway 96 crosses the Klamath River. This bridge is about a mile up river from Horse Creek. The up river claim boundary is marked on a tree alongside Hwy. 96 about 8/10 of a mile up river from the down river boundary. The down river boundary is also well posted on a tree along Hwy. 96, across from the Klamath River Elementary School - which is visible from the highway. There is a developed river access and campground toward the upper end of the claim The far side of the river can also be accessed by driving along Walker Creek Road, which is located just down river from the Walker Creek bridge. There is some private property on the far side of the river between Walker Creek Road and the river - but the owners have been allowing access. Access is relatively easy from the Hwy. 96 side. Sometimes the Forest Service restricts club camping in this campground to a 2 week limit if the location is popular with other river users. There is a set of rapids that can be dangerous. I have had a problem with moving a dredge down to the lower end of the claim, because the water is deceptive. We lost a 6" dredge down the rapids and had to go chase it. To get large dredges out of the water on the lower end of the claim, most people float the dredge down the river below Walker Creek bridge.

PROSPECTS


This claim has been producing good gold deposits for suction dredgers in relatively shallow gravel, on both sides of the river and the center. This claim has had lots of dredge activity, especially below the rapids. I dredged below the rapids and did fairly well.

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K-7 KINSMAN CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Are located at the confluence of Kinsman Creek, which is two miles up the Klamath from its confluence with the Scott River. Kinsman Creek is not marked with an official sign, but is a visible creek which enters the Klamath from the Hwy. 96 side. This is a short claim. The upper boundary butts up to posted private property at the lower end of the first gravel bar up stream from Kinsman Creek. The lower boundary is clearly posted on a tree alongside the highway. Access to the river is reasonably easy.

PROSPECTS


This claim, to our knowledge, has yet to be tested or mined by members of our organization. But the prospects look good, because of the past history of this section of river.

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K-8 MILL CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

The up river boundary is located about three miles down the Klamath from its confluence with the Scott River. The boundary is posted next to fenced private property several hundred feet up river from the confluence with Mill Creek. There is a short access road to the upper end of the claim, which the private property owner also uses as a driveway. The lower boundary is located about half mile down river, near where a culvert passes underneath Hwy. 96 A boundary sign is posted on a tree alongside the Klamath River. There is a small camping area along side the highway near Mill Creek

PROSPECTS


Almost no mining activity has yet to take place on these claims, even though dredgers have done well just up river, on the highway side. This is also the lower end of the historic Hamburg Mining District --- which had a very rich history.

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K-9 NEGRO CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

The up river boundary is located 4 miles down the Klamath from its confluence with the Scott River, just down river from the cable car which extends across the Klamath. There is a small campground located on a short side ride between Hwy. 96 and the river. There is private property between Hwy. 96 and the Klamath, toward the down river end of the claim, so access must be done from further upstream. I have camped on this claim and they have a real nice campground. The water looks a little swift for dreging though.

PROSPECTS


To our knowledge, this claim has not yet been tested - even though this section of river carried rich gold deposits during the earlier days of mining. There are substantial old mine workings on the far bank, and Negro Creek had a good history. Also, commercial dredgers located a rich deposit on the private property located just down river from this claim.

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K-10 O'NEIL CREEK CLAIMS




Pictures of Mining Activities at Oneil Creek

Oneil Creek

LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Are located at the confluence of O'neil Creek, which is 8 miles up river from where Seiad Creek is crossed by Hwy. 96 There is a Forest Service developed campground a short distance up O'neil Creek which allows a two week stay. We have a river access road just up river from O'neil Creek. The road is narrow and bumpy and the recent floods have made it difficult, so look before you proceed down the road. The up river boundary is located just up river from the access. Directly down river from O'neil Creek, there is a pull off from Hwy. 96 which acts as a parking area. It is directly in front of an old road, closed off by a gate. Across Hwy. 96 from the 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 very well marked, with the owner particular about maintaining his privacy. The down river boundary of the claim is marked on a large sign on a tree on the far side of the river.

PROSPECTS


This claim has proven very rich during the past several years. Gravel is generally shallow to bedrock or false bedrock. The claim has produced well from top to bottom, for dredging and high banking. Both sides of the river, and the middle, pay well. There is a false bedrock layer (clay like), generally about 2 feet deep in the gravel, which consistently pays well. A good portion of the far bank, and most of the center of the river has yet been prospected or mined. Therefore the prospects look very good. A friend of mine dredge on the inside bend of the down river gravel bar and averaged 5 ~ 15 Dwt. a day with a 5" dredge. Lots of fine gold with some small flakes about the size of a pea.

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K-11 SCHUTTS GULCH CLAIMS




Pictures of Mining Activities at Schutts Gulch

Schutts Gulch 1 Schutts Gulch 2 Schutts Gulch 3 Schutts Gulch 4 Schutts Gulch 5

LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

The down river boundary is located about 3 miles up river from where Hwy. 96 crosses Seiad Creek. It is located directly at the confluence of Schutts Gulch - which enters from the far side of the river. A boundary sign is posted on a tree. The upriver boundary is located about 1.5 miles upriver, adjoining private property where you will see the first home between Hwy. 96 and the river. The up river boundary is also posted on a tree alongside the highway. There is a small camping area toward the upper end of the claim on the highway side. The far side of the river, with a large campground, can be accessed from Ladd Road in Seiad Valley, just down river from the bridge where Hwy. 96 crosses the river. However, this road takes about 30 minutes or longer to traverse in order to access the far side of this claim. Access to the river is somewhat difficult. I had to use winches to winch my dredge up and down the bank next to the road, but it not horrible access. A friend of mine had his new 4" dre

PROSPECTS


This claim, also, has been a substantial producer of gold for our members, from top to bottom. River gravel are generally shallow to bedrock or false bedrock (actually most of the gold seems to be on a gray or greenish gray clay layer). Nuggets and jewelry gold have been reported. Reports of good high banking have come from the far side of the river. Most of the claim has yet to be tested. I dredged next to the road on the 1997 season with a 6" dredge and found some nice gold on top of the greenish gray clay layer. There are many of the river eels (Lamprey's on this claim) that can be nasty if you are bitten. The largest piece of gold I found was a .9 Dwt. nugget with quartz on this claim.

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K-12 UPPER SEIAD CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Are located 1.2 miles up river from where Hwy. 96 crosses Seiad Creek. The Hwy. 96 bridge crosses the Klamath River on this claim, approximately 100 yards up river from the lower boundary. Approximately 3/10 of a mile up river on Hwy. 96 from the Klamath River bridge, you will see a river access road extending off towards the river. There is a sign posted there. That toad will lead you to a gravel bar, river access location. The upper boundary sign is located just upriver from the river access. There is some private property between the river access and Hwy. 96, and the owners are very fond of their privacy. There has also been some equipment stolen from this location so be sure to protect your equipment.

PROSPECTS


This claim has gone, for the most part, untested. 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. I dredge behind the old bridge metal piece that can be seen from the bank and did not have very good results. Gravel was deep and never hit bedrock. Gold was very fine.

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K-13 LOWER SEIAD CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Are located just upriver from the confluence of Portuguese Creek - which is approximately 3 miles down river from where Hwy. 96 crosses Seiad Creek. Boundary signs posted o trees mark the down river claim boundary. The up river claim boundary is posted on a tree almost 2 miles up river, along the river access, small campground, just down river from Seiad Valley. There is one small parcel of private property located along the river in about the center of this claim. The cable car which crosses the river is toward the upper end of the private property. There are boundary signs along the up river and down river edges of the private property.

PROSPECTS


These claims have been very good gold producers for members. Much of the gravel is reasonable shallow to bedrock. Lost of nuggets and jewelry gold have been recovered off the property, from the top end, to the bottom. And most of the claim has yet to be adequately tested. The gravel bars on the far side of the river provide some of the clubs best high banking opportunities.

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K-14 PORTUGUESE CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Are located just upriver from the confluence of Portuguese Creek - which is approximately 3 miles down river from where Hwy. 96 crosses Seiad Creek. Boundary signs posted o trees mark the down river claim boundary. The up river claim boundary is posted on a tree almost 2 miles up river, along the river access, small campground, just down river from Seiad Valley. There is one small parcel of private property located along the river in about the center of this claim. The cable car which crosses the river is toward the upper end of the private property. There are boundary signs along the up river and down river edges of the private property.

PROSPECTS


These claims have been very good gold producers for members. Much of the gravel is reasonable shallow to bedrock. Lost of nuggets and jewelry gold have been recovered off the property, from the top end, to the bottom. And most of the claim has yet to be adequately tested. The gravel bars on the far side of the river provide some of the clubs best high banking opportunities.

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K-15B GLORY HOLE CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

The down river boundary is located one mile upriver from the confluence of Thompson Creek. Tim's Creek is the lower boundary of the Glory Hole Claims. There is a river access road located several hundred yards up river from Tim's Creek. Watch for a private home located between Hwy. 96 and the river. Stay on the upper access roads to avoid disturbing their privacy. Be careful not to block the access road to the private property. The upper access road runs parallel to Hwy. 96 for some distance and then turns down to the river. We have limited camping space down along the gravel bar. The road is narrow and bumpy. You should look first, before driving in - especially with a trailer. The upper end of the Glory Hole Claims is located approximately one mile further up river, and adjoins the private property associated alongside the next private home you will see between Hwy. 96 and the river. Look for the fence which surrounds a developed garden site. This fence marks the boundary, along with our boundary sign posted on a tree. There are numerous developed paths and trails leading from Hwy. 96 into the Glory Hole Claims.

PROSPECTS


This is one of the richest claims owned by the club, and has provided hundreds of ounces of gold to members during past years. Much of the river has been dredge on these claims, and a large portion of the bank on the Hwy. 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 - the portion from the drive down river access to Tim's Creek. Therefore, it is likely that rich deposits still remain in place for the finding, both in the river, and all along the far bank.

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K-16 ANDERSON CAMPGROUND CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Located approximately 11 miles up river from Happy Camp on Hwy. 96. The up river boundary is located just up river from the confluence of Thompson Creek. The down river boundary is posted on a tree alongside the road, just down river from the lower access to the campground. The campground is located between Hwy. 96 and the Klamath River, quarter mile down river from Thompson Creek. This is a popular camping area. There are several parcels of private property located between Hwy. 96 and the river, between Thompson Creek and our campground - but most of the private property does not come near the Klamath River. There is one small piece of private property that extends out about to the center of the river, directly at the confluence of Thompson Creek. The primary access to this claims is from the campground river access points.

PROSPECTS


This is a very rich section of the Klamath River, with hundreds of ounces having been recovered by members during the past several years - mostly by dredging. Water and gravel depth ranges from shallow to deep, depending on where you mine. Gravel tends to be shallow on both banks on the upper half of the claim, while deep in the middle. Only about one third of the claim has been mined, if that, and good potential is present for new, rich strikes to be made. There is excellent panning and high banking opportunity on the Hwy. 96 side of the river.

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K-17 SEATTLE CREEK CANYON CLAIM




Pictures of Mining Activities at Seattle Creek

Seattle Creek 1 Seattle Creek 2

LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

The down river boundary is located 7.3 miles up river on Hwy. 96 from Davis Road in Happy Camp. A sign is posted on a tree alongside the road. The upper boundary is located 2 miles further up river, near the confluence of Seattle Creek. There is a developed river access at Seattle Creek, where we have a small campground. The Forest Service asks that we do not block the river access in any way, since it is a popular put-in and take-out location for other river users.

PROSPECTS


This is a very proven gold rich section of the Klamath River, with hundreds of ounces of gold having been recovered by club member during the past several years. Much of this section of the river has yet to be tested. Some of it is pretty deep, both in water and gravel. There is excellent gold panning, mossing and high banking on both banks of the river. The far bank has barely been touched by modern mining activity because access requires a boat. Trails and paths have been made from Hwy. 96 to the river in multiple locations along the 2 mile stretch of claims. Many members have transitioned from recreational to commercial as a result of the gold they recovered from these claims. Prospects for new discoveries are very good.

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K-18 GORDON'S FERRY CLAIM




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Located by driving up river from Happy Camp on Hwy. 96 a distance of 2.3 miles from Davis Road to Gordon's Ferry Road. Follow Gordon's Ferry Road, watching for signs that will direct you to the river access - which is on the claim. The road turns to gravel and branches off to driveways for different private properties - stay on the main road. Eventually, the road splits, with club claim signs pointing in both directions. The right hand road leads to a primitive river access further down on the claim. The left hand road leads to a developed river access. We have a campground at this location. The up river claim boundary is located approximately 300 yards up river from the developed river access. The down river boundary is located approximately .5 miles down river and has a boundary sign posted on a tree. Private property is located on the far bank, but there is some limited access.

PROSPECTS


This is a very proven gold rich section of the Klamath River, with gold mining history going back to the very early days. A large amount of gold has been located by members all over this claim, on both sides of the river and the middle. Presently there have been very many dredges working the far bank across from the developed river access, up stream from the first set of rapids. The lower end of the claim has not been adequately tested, but should contain rich deposits, since rich deposits were also located on the claim just below. Bedrock can be shallow or deep, depending upon where you mine on the claim.

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K-19 MORGAN POINT CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Located 4.7 miles up river on China Grade Road from the Klamath River Bridge, just below Happy Camp. China Grade Road is on the opposite side of the Klamath River from Hwy. 96. You find it by crossing the Klamath River bridge, just up river from the Indian Creek confluence, and turning left. Our river access and small campground is located at the 4.7 mile distance. The up river claim boundary and access is .1 miles further up stream. The lower boundary marker is on a tree alongside the road. Private property is located on the far side of the river, so access is available only from China Grade Road.

PROSPECTS


Bedrock is showing all over the claim, so can be found also very shallow in the gravels. Very little testing has been done. However, the claim just up river provided excellent gold deposits to dredgers, with many ounces recovered. In fact, the owners of the claim above wanted to buy this claim because they felt the prospects for gold recovery look so promising. I have found a 2 Dwt. nugget on this claim. This claim has lots of snakes, but I saw none of the poisonous variety.

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K-20 RICHARDSON BEDROCK CLAIM




LOCATION


RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

The down river boundary is located 1.2 miles up river from Happy Camp intersection of Davis Rd. and Hwy. 96. Up river boundary is .7 mile upstream from lower boundary, at the confluence of Cade Creek, which is just down stream from the Angler's Motel. The far side of the river is private property owned by the local tribe. Access must be made from the Hwy. 96 side of the river. There is a good trail leading to the rive from a road pull off toward the upper end of claim. Some members have floated their dredges up onto the claim from the gravel bar located just down stream - which has an access road from Hwy. 96 just down river from the old bulk plant.

PROSPECTS


Members have found gold by dredging on the Hwy. 96 side of the river, toward the channel. Bedrock is shallow on this side of the river and has cracks and irregularities which contain flakes and nuggets. Only a small amount of work has been done. Best results have been obtained near where the exposed bedrock meets the gravel, out towards the river channel. A few test holes have been dredged towards the far bank with some recovery of fine gold. More testing needs to be done on this claim.

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K-21 HAPPY CAMP CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

The lower boundary is posted just upstream from the bridge which crosses the Klamath River, near the confluence with Indian Creek. The upper boundary is just upriver from the water pumping station for the Stone Forest Mill. The lower end of this claim is accessible from both sides of the river, with the exception of a few parcels of private property which are clearly visible. To access the far side of the river, cross the Klamath River bridge and turn left on China Grade road. There is an access road .4 of a mile up China Grade road from the bridge. The access road cuts off to the left, just beyond a house. The road is somewhat overgrown, so you might want to look first. There is a small campground at the end of the road. The claim is also accessible from the Happy Camp Community park - down by the Lions Club. The upper portion of the claim, for the most part, is difficult to access, because the mill property is a barrier between the river and Hwy. 96.

PROSPECTS


Unknown due to scarcity of club activity on this claim. Some dredgers recovered a large volume of gold on the claim just upriver, in shallow gravel. There recovered lots of jewelry gold and large nuggets. A few members did some testing on our claim just below, during the early years of the club, but they gave it up due to the difficult access.

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K-22 CURLY JACK, CHAMBERS FLAT AND LOWER CANYON CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Are a very long stretch of claims, starting .8 of a mile downriver on Hwy. 96 from Davis Road in the center of Happy Camp. The upper boundary is clearly posted alongside Elk Creek Road on the far side of the river. Since there is private property between Hwy. 96 and the Klamath River in this area, most members access the upper portion of these claims from Elk Creek Road and Curly Jack Road on the far side of the river. There is a Forest Service Fee campground on Curly Jack Road, and there is also a developed river access down at the confluence of Elk Creek. We ask members to not dredge within 100 feet of the beach at Curly Jack Campground. The lower boundary is located five mile below town, well down into a deep canyon. The sign is posted on a tree alongside Hwy. 96, across from a short parking pull off. We have a substantial developed club campground, with two access roads, located about 1.5 miles below Happy Camp on Hwy. 96. The campground is called "Chambers Flat". Downriver from Chamber's Flat campground, you will notice a few parcels of private property between Hwy. 96 and the river. The deep canyon begins just downriver from the private property. Some paths and trails have been created to gain access to the canyon areas. On the far side of the river, 4.5 miles below town, you will see an old hydraulic mining cut - which is potentially good for metal detecting.

PROSPECTS


These claims have been proven to produce rich gold deposits from top to bottom, with members recovering many, many ounces during the past several years. A lot of dredging was done upriver from Curly Jack campground, in and around the rapids, several years ago. The area around the confluence of Elk Creek also received a great deal of attention. But for the most part the remainder of this long stretch of claims has not been prospected or mined - and the prospects look exceptional.

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K-23 WINGATE METAL DETECTING CLAIM




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Located 6.8 miles downriver from Happy Camp, there is a big pull off parking area on the river side of Hwy. 96, directly across from Forest Service Road 15N32. Hike or drive .2 miles up this road to find the trail head on the right side. We have a claim sign posted at the trail head. There is room for one or two vehicles to park directly across from the trail head. Follow the trail uphill to locate a large old hydraulic mining area on several different levels. Watch out for poison oak along the trail. The trail requires substantial physical exertion.

PROSPECTS


Members have had great luck in finding gold nuggets all over the hydraulic area using metal detectors. Rumor has it that one member did well up there using a drywasher. But this is unconfirmed. It is a very large area and it is reasonable to assume that it has not all been covered well with detectors. Therefore, the prospects are good for finding more gold nuggets on this claim.

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K-24 UPPER INDEPENDENCE CLAIM




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Is located 11 miles downriver from Happy Camp on Hwy. 96. The upriver claim boundary is posted on a tree alongside Hwy. 96 - the side away from the river. This is located about a quarter of a mile below the Forest Service developed river access Ferry Point. The downriver claim boundary is located about 60 yards upriver from the Independence bridge on a tree on the far side of the river. You can see the boundary marker from the bridge. Camping is available at the river access under the bridge. There is a toilet facility at a small rest stop along Hwy. 96 just upriver from the Independence bridge. There is a trail that leads onto the far side of the river just over the bridge.

PROSPECTS


This claim location is another of the richest gold areas along the Klamath River. The 49'er purchased the claim from a local commercial dredgers who spent several seasons working a rich gold deposit toward the upper end of the claim. The deposit was in around 8 feet of gravel in the channel of the river, toward the highway side. Several members have dredged sampled the far side of the river, and a short distance out into the river, towards the upper end of the claim, with mixed results. Most of the river channel has yet to be tested. Some members have had good results highbanking on the gravel bars located on the far side of the river. This claim has excellent potential, with over 1,00 ounces of gold being recovered off the claim just below during recent years.

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K-25 LOWER INDEPENDENCE CANYON CLAIM




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Is not marked accurately on the New 49'ers claim map. The center block of the claim, as shown on the map, does not belong to the club - but adjoins several parcels of private property which is blocked by gates up on Hwy. 96. The upriver boundary sign is posted on a tree alongside Hwy. 96, located 13.3 miles below Happy Camp - or about a mile downriver from the Independence bridge. The boundary is about 200 yards downriver from Crawford Creek, which passes under Hwy. 96 through a very large culvert. The lower boundary is marked down along the river. The private property owners have asked our member to please stay off the private property. The upper end of the claims can be accessed by various paths and trails which have been created along the hillside. There is one old road which extends part way down to the river which some members are using. This is located in a large Hwy. 96 pull off, just upriver from the most upriver private property. The location is marked with a claim sign. Camping can be done on this large pull off.

PROSPECTS


This is, perhaps, potentially one of the richest mining properties owned by the club. More than 1,000 ounces of gold have been dredged from the claim just above during the past several years. Some members have sampled and mined on the upper end of this claim and found the deposits to be rich. The challenge is to overcome the access problems. Some people use jet boats and other winch dredges down the deep canyon. I have found this to be a very challenging claim.

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K-25A LOWER PORTION OF LOWER INDEPENDENCE CAYON CLAIM




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

This is the lower portion of K-25, and not very much is known about this portion of the claim. The lower boundary sign is posted on a tree alongside Hwy. 96 about 250 yards from Swillup Creek. A short distance up river is the Coon Creek Forestry river access. Because the access receives a lot of use from rafters, the Forest Service has asked us not to park or camp down on the river access. There is a small camping area just downriver from the river access, up into Coon Creek on a short dead end road. The upper claim boundary is marked alongside the river just downriver from the private property near Ukonom Creek.

PROSPECTS


Gold has also been found on the lower end of the claim, with the adjoining claims below Swillup Creek producing rich dredging deposits, as well.

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K-26 AUBREY CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Are located 18.5 miles downriver from Happy Camp, or about 2 miles downriver from the Coon Creek river access. Both upper and lower boundaries have been clearly posted. There is an access road which parallels Hwy. 96 that has several good camping areas, with trails leading to the river. Across Hwy.96 is an old hydraulic mining cut which is part of the claim, and a popular location for metal detecting in search of gold nuggets.

PROSPECTS


Somewhat unknown due to lack of club member sampling and mining on this claim. However, very rich deposits have been dredged from the river just upstream near Cottage Grove. Therefore it is reasonable to assume the deposits will also be located on this claim. Electronic detectors have located gold nuggets in the old hydraulic mining area and successful highbanking has been done on the gravel bar toward the upper end of the claim.

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K-27 DILLON CREEK CLAIMS




LOCATION

RIVER: Klamath River

COUNTY: Siskiyou County

STATE: California

Are located 20 miles downriver from Happy Camp. The upriver boundary sign is posted on a tree alongside Hwy. 96 about .3 mile upriver from Dillon Creek. There is a Forest Service Fee campground at Dillon Creek. About a half mile further downriver, just before crossing the Klamath River bridge, an old road follows the river around and leads into one of our campgrounds. The road is not bad, but there is not much space to turn a vehicle around, so it is a good idea to look before you drive in. This is the lower end of a substantial old hydraulic mining cut which extends up the hillside, and some members have had luck finding gold nuggets with their metal detectors. Our downriver boundary is posted on a tree alongside Hwy. 96 about .8 mile downriver from the Klamath River bridge

PROSPECTS


This is another historically rich section of the Klamath River. Members recovered a rich dredging deposit alongside the rapids just downriver from the Klamath River bridge. Members have also reported good highbanking on the gravel bar underneath, and just upriver, from the Klamath River bridge. There was another report of gold being dredged along the bank, on the Hwy. 96 side of the river, a short distance below the Klamath River bridge. There is still remains excellent potential on this claim.

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