Mining on the Salmon River

Post Reply
Tall Tom
Prospector
Posts: 4
Joined: Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:10 am
Location: Oregon

Mining on the Salmon River

Post by Tall Tom » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:00 am

I own a claim on the Salmon River, haven't done anything with it since 2009. I am hoping that we can dredge this year.
But I was wondering what are we allowed to use to mine right now? Highbanker?, Mini Trommel? Stream sluice? I can't understand the definitions of the type of equipment allowed aside from a Gold Pan. I know it says no suction or suction dredging, or equipment for it. So does that mean you can't even pump water from the river for the purpose of mining? My claim has several high benches from the old river channel that could be mined with s Highbanker or a Mimi Trommel.
Any suggestions?
Thanks
User avatar
Jim_Alaska
Site Admin
Posts: 99
Joined: Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:14 am
Location: Northern California
Has thanked: 41 times
Been thanked: 28 times
Contact:

Re: Mining on the Salmon River

Post by Jim_Alaska » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:18 pm

As the law stands right now it says that no one can use any "mechanical" equipment for the recovery of minerals.

So, if it is mechanical you can't use it, according to the law. A sluice set in the river is not mechanical. But even with a sluice you have to take the material you are running through the sluice from the water. For many years the authorities have forbidden sluicing "earthen material", so you can't take material from the bank and run it.

If you are not sure, just think of it this way: If the material is naturally wet from being in the river it is legal, if it is dry from being out of the water it is illegal.
Jim_Alaska
Administrator

jfoley@sisqtel.net
Tall Tom
Prospector
Posts: 4
Joined: Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:10 am
Location: Oregon

Re: Mining on the Salmon River

Post by Tall Tom » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:27 am

That sucks, what's the point of even owning a claim with mineral rights that you aren't allowed to retrieve. Plus you have to pay yearly to keep the claim, they keep the money and don't let you mine.
User avatar
Jim_Alaska
Site Admin
Posts: 99
Joined: Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:14 am
Location: Northern California
Has thanked: 41 times
Been thanked: 28 times
Contact:

Re: Mining on the Salmon River

Post by Jim_Alaska » Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:41 pm

Yes it is discouraging Tom. And the points you bring up and more have been sent to them at comment meetings and addressed in court also.
Jim_Alaska
Administrator

jfoley@sisqtel.net
Tall Tom
Prospector
Posts: 4
Joined: Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:10 am
Location: Oregon

Re: Mining on the Salmon River

Post by Tall Tom » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:10 pm

I used to have a claim up past the ranger station, but Clinton took my claim and a bunch of other ones and turned it into wilderness back in 1996. Really sucked because when I was dredging it I was averaging about 2 ounces a day.
User avatar
au_dreamer1218
Prospector
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:43 pm
Location: Klamath Falls, OR

Re: Mining on the Salmon River

Post by au_dreamer1218 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:49 pm

Jim would a rocker box set in a tub of water (for reusing) be considered mechanical?
Thanks au_dreamer
Post Reply