Crooked River

Idaho Gold Mining’s claims on the Crooked River include a few secluded sites on Banner Creek, just downstream from Banner Mine.  The Banner Mine itself was known for silver; reports are that over three million dollars in silver bullion was pulled out the mine.  But like all areas of the Boise Basin (read more about the mining history of the area here), these creeks are best known for GOLD.

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Crooked River Sites

We have 5 great gold claims along the Crooked River ready to go! See specific claim details, directions and GPS coordinates below.

**Please note, due to the Pioneer Fire burning in the area, access to the claims is on and off. For an update on the Pioneer Fire and what roads and areas are open, please click here. All pictures associated with the claims were taken before the fire. Any signage and markers to indicate the claims will be checked, and if needed, replaced once the fire is under control.

What to see what miner Richard P. has to say about the riches he pulled from his claim near these sites? Click here!

These Crooked River sites are the complete package! Want solitude, a place to stake a tent, or cast a line while you take a break from mining? Then one of these sites is meant for you. Road access close, sometimes right next to the claims. The bucket dredges never got back in these areas and sometimes you can find the odd ruby or platinum nugget in your pan! Take this opportunity to secure a Crooked River claim to work until snowfall or prep for next spring. It’s never too early to strike it rich with the best opportunity to find that gold.

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Proximity and layout of Crooked River sites.

 

1. Fat Nugget Flats – $1750

Crooked River on Fat Nugget Flats.

Acreage: 20 acres

River footage: 1300 feet of Crooked River

Placer/lode: placer claim

Unpatented/patented: unpatented

Location: Valley County, township 7N, range 7E, section 11

Claim serial #: IMC 215824

GPS Coordinates:

Marker                   Degrees, Minutes, Seconds

NW                         43°57’54.2736″N, -115°35’29.5476″W

NE                           43°57’54.2736″N, -115°35’12.9624″W

SE                            43°57’47.6064″N, -115°35’12.9624″W

SW                          43°57’47.6064″N, -115°35’29.5476″W

Driving Directions: Vehicle access to the claim is via a hard-pack dirt road which you can drive virtually up to the riverside. I’ve seen cars access the area as it is a maintained forest service road. The claim is located 22 miles outside the historic town of Idaho City. Driving directions to the claim: from Boise, travel north on HWY 21 to approximately 18.1 miles past Idaho City to the Jackson Peak Lookout turnout (Edna Creek Campground is at this junction). Turn right (east) on Crooked River Road (NF 384) for approximately 2 miles to the claim. If you reach the US Forestry Service campground at Willow Creek you have gone too far.

2. Flash Pan – $1850

Easy road access on Flash Pan.

Acreage: 20 acres

River footage: 1400 feet of Crooked River

Placer/lode: placer claim

Unpatented/patented: unpatented

Location: Valley County, township 7N, range 8E, section 08

Claim serial #: IMC 215823

GPS Coordinates:

Marker                   Degrees, Minutes, Seconds

NW                         43°57’54.2736″N, -115°32’50.3376″W

NE                           43°57’54.2736″N, -115°32’32.1252″W

SE                            43°57’47.2788″N, -115°32’32.1252″W

SW                          43°57’47.2788″N, -115°32’50.3376″W

 

Driving Directions: Vehicle access to the claim is via a hard-pack dirt road which you can drive virtually up to the riverside. I’ve seen cars access the area as it is a maintained forest service road. The claim is located 22 miles outside the historic town of Idaho City. Driving directions to the claim: from Boise, travel north on HWY 21 to approximately 18.1 miles past Idaho City to the Jackson Peak Lookout turnout (Edna Creek Campground is at this junction). Turn right (east) on Crooked River Road (NF 384) for approximately 5 miles to the claim. If you reach the US Forestry Service campground at Willow Creek you have gone too far.

3. Heavy Pan – $1350 

Ripples of Crooked River on Heavy Pan.

Ripples of Crooked River on Heavy Pan.

Acreage: 20 acres

River footage: 1100 feet of Crooked River

Placer/lode: placer claim

Unpatented/patented: unpatented

Location: Valley County, township 7N, range 8E, section 07

Claim serial #: IMC 215822

GPS Coordinates:

Marker                   Degrees, Minutes, Seconds

NW                         43°57’54.2736″N, -115°33’08.3916″W

NE                           43°57’54.2736″N, -115°32’50.3376″W

SE                            43°57’47.2788″N, -115°32’50.3376″W

SW                          43°57’47.2788″N, -115°33’08.3916″W

Driving Directions: Vehicle access to the claim is via a hard-pack dirt road which you can drive virtually up to the riverside. I’ve seen cars access the area as it is a maintained forest service road. The claim is located 22 miles outside the historic town of Idaho City. Driving directions to the claim: from Boise, travel north on HWY 21 to approximately 18.1 miles past Idaho City to the Jackson Peak Lookout turnout (Edna Creek Campground is at this junction). Turn right (east) on Crooked River Road (NF 384) for approximately 5 miles to the claim. If you reach the US Forestry Service campground at Willow Creek you have gone too far.

4. Glitter Creek – $1350 

Driving map for Glitter Creek.

Driving map for Glitter Creek.

Acreage: 20 acres

River footage: 1450 feet of Crooked River

Placer/lode: placer claim

Unpatented/patented: unpatented

Location: Valley County, township 8N, range 8E, section 29

Claim serial #: IMC 215820

GPS Coordinates:

Marker                   Degrees, Minutes, Seconds

NW                         43°59’51.3636″N, -115°32’37.0032″W

NE                           43°59’51.3636″N, -115°32’27.8952″W

SE                            43°59’38.3532″N, -115°32’27.8952″W

SW                          43°59’38.3532″N, -115°32’37.0032″W

Driving Directions: Vehicle access to the claim is via a hard-pack dirt road which you can drive virtually up to the riverside. I’ve seen cars access the area as it is a maintained forest service road. The claim is located 22 miles outside the historic town of Idaho City. Driving directions to the claim: from Boise, travel north on HWY 21 to approximately 18.1 miles past Idaho City to the Jackson Peak Lookout turnout (Edna Creek Campground is at this junction). Turn right (east) on Crooked River Road (NF 384) for approximately 4 mile. Turn left (north) at the Jackson Peak turnoff onto NF 314. You will stay on this road for 2.5 miles until you reach the claim. There is a junction 1 mile prior to the claim, do not go right to Pikes Fork (Jackson Peak), or left up the mountain, stay straight.

*Glitter Creek sits about a mile downstream of Banner Mine!

5. Panner’s Delight – $1200 

Another view of Panner's Delight.

Another view of Panner’s Delight.

Acreage: 15 acres

River footage: 700 feet of Crooked River

Placer/lode: placer claim

Unpatented/patented: unpatented

Location: Valley County, township 7N, range 8E, section 06

Claim serial #: IMC 215821

GPS Coordinates:

Marker                   Degrees, Minutes, Seconds

NW                         43°58’00.7788″N, -115°33’12.9420″W

NE                           43°58’00.7788″N, -115°32’58.4700″W

SE                            43°57’54.2736″N, -115°32’58.4700″W

SW                          43°57’54.2736″N, -115°33’12.9420″W

Driving Directions: Vehicle access to the claim is via a hard-pack dirt road which you can drive virtually up to the riverside. I’ve seen cars access the area as it is a maintained forest service road. The claim is located 22 miles outside the historic town of Idaho City. Driving directions to the claim: from Boise, travel north on HWY 21 to approximately 18.1 miles past Idaho City to the Jackson Peak Lookout turnout (Edna Creek Campground is at this junction). Turn right (east) on Crooked River Road (NF 384) for approximately 5 miles to the claim. If you reach the US Forestry Service campground at Willow Creek you have gone too far.

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