Please consult our list of frequently asked questions before contacting us about general mining claim information. It’s likely that your question is answered below. If not, let us know and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!
When you purchase an un-patented mining claim, you own ALL of the rights to the minerals on the claim. Your ownership is an interest in real property. You can leave it to your heirs, borrow against it, and even live on it with certain restrictions. Your ownership is perpetual, so long as you meet the annual requirements. The ground belongs to the federal government as long as it remains un-patented. If the claim becomes qualified for an application for a patent and the patent is accepted, the ground will become your own private property. It will pass from the federal government to you. The un-patented placer mining claims that we offer are NOT a “mineral lease”. Mineral leases are a specific procedure for renting restricted or private areas for mineral recovery, and under these conditions, leases have their own set of regulations and guidelines with a shelf life and are not deeded.
There are two ways to file your annual maintenance paperwork, and as this is an annual requirement, it must be completed each year. The first is through submitting the Standard Claim Maintenance Fee Form to the BLM by September 1st of each year, with $155 per claim and/or $155 per 20 acres. The second method is to file the Maintenance Fee Waiver Form submitted by September 1st and the Affidavit of Assessment of Work Form, with $10 per claim (any size claim) by December 30th. With this second method, you must have ten or fewer claims and perform at least $100 for development, labor and/or improvements each year.
If you choose to file the Affidavit of Assessment of Work Form, the first year you file it you also need to file a Notice of Intent to Hold Form. This form must be notarized and recorded at the county clerk in the county where your mining claim resides. The Notice of Intent to Hold Form is due December 3oth but can alternatively be filed with the Maintenance Form due September 1st.
There are no taxes paid on the land on un-patented mining claims. The only fees associated with claim pertain to the annual maintenance paperwork. Please see the above FAQ for more information.
To apply for a dredging permit: Go to the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR). They have the permits on hand when you go into their office. The cost is $10 for residents and $30 for non-residents. The process takes about 5 to 10 minutes to get the permit. Permits can also be printed online and mailed in to the IDWR. Their website is http://www.idwr.idaho.gov/ Also, the EPA is now involved in suction dredging claim permitting in Idaho. The laws and rules regarding dredging and allowable mining methods on claims have changed recently and will continue to change. Please contact IDWR and the EPA for current rules and regulations. IT IS THE JOB OF THE BUYER TO UNDERSTAND DREDGING LAW AND PERMITTING. WE WILL NOT REFUND CLAIM PURCHASES DUE TO BUYER IGNORANCE OF CURRENT DREDGING REGULATIONS IN THE STATE OF IDAHO.
First and foremost, find equipment that is suited to your ability and experience. Also, don’t be fooled by the latest scams; it’s important to research equipment “gimmicks” to make sure that the product is something that will work for your needs (or work at all) before making a purchase. There are local gold & pawn shops which carry dredges, sluices, high-bankers, metal detectors and other accessories, but be prepared to pay extra for the convenience of being able to pick them up on the spot. If you are looking to buy new equipment, there are several places that carry equipment, but we would recommend that you look at what other miners are saying about the equipment, and consider how easy it is to find replacement parts for future repairs.
Idaho Gold Mining recommendations:
Treasure Valley companies:
~ Summit Mining & Equipment – www.summitmining.com – 2555 S. Stanley St, Boise, ID 83705 (208) 362-0450
~ Global Mining Equipment – http://www.globalminingequipment.com – 4824 W. Fairview Ave, Boise, Idaho 83706 (208) 336-5355
Other Prominent Manufacturers:
~ Proline Mining Equipment – http://www.prolinemining.com
~ Keene Engineering – http://www.keeneeng.com
Many of the claims have camping areas either on or nearby the site. In the listing for each claim we have specified the nearest location suitable for camping. Please visit the claim sites to see if the existing camping area is adequate for your needs. As a claim holder, you have certain rights to improve the camping site(s) in order to better access your claim. In most cases areas can be developed to better suit your camping needs. Check with the federal managing agency to verify if your improvement is acceptable.
There are no royalties for the minerals that you recover on your mining claim. So any precious metals or gems are solely yours to keep.
In some cases, portions of the original claim are sold off in smaller sections. The BLM has a process called “segregation” which reduces the original claim down by the 10 or 15 acre piece that sells, and that piece becomes a new claim solely owned by the buyer. If the listing indicates that we are offering a 10 or 15 acre portion of the claim, this is the portion which will be split from the original larger claim. Depending on the site and negotiations, we might consider selling the full claim.
Idaho Gold Mining specializes in locating virgin lode deposits. Through our research and discovery, placer claims are created when high gold yield deposits are found. By selling these claims, we are offering excellent claims to fellow prospectors who might not otherwise be able to acquire these claims. Through sales we are able to continue funding the discovery of sites for ourselves and others. As these sites are in desired drainages, there are segments which will continue to be owned and operated by Idaho Gold Mining. Additionally, the BLM has increased the annual assessment fees from $140 per claim, to $155 per 20 acres, and as several of our existing sites are significantly larger than 20 acres, we are reducing the size of the claims through segregation, to minimize these fees, as well as offer prime claims in sought after areas.
We have personally tested the sites, as well as set up operations on adjacent claims in order to validate the mining claim’s gold content. However, we would STRONGLY encourage that anyone interested in acquiring a claim visit the site and do test sampling. To maintain the integrity of the claim, preserving the site for the eventual buyer, we ask that you test with a metal detector, shovel and pan or sluice box. For more invasive testing, please contact us for prior approval. Also, please let us know before visiting a site, as a claim may sell before we have the opportunity to remove it from this website. Please make sure that the hole is filled in after collecting the sample.
While our goal is to serve all of our clients, we are limited in time and resources on how frequently we can take people out. In many cases, sites can sell while formulating a schedule that will meet both parties’ needs. To better assist you in locating and accessing the correct site, please see the claim ad where you will find detailed driving directions to the mining claim, GPS coordinates (which links you to Google Earth), a map to the site from a prominent town or city, topography map and a Google maps aerial view of the specific site. Staking has been installed at the GPS coordinate boundaries. Lastly, at each of our claim sites, there are boundary signs along the roadway on the trees indicating where the claim starts and where it ends.
Assays are provided for all of the lode claims illustrating the gold, silver and other alluvial content in the minerals that are present. Material for the placer deposits have been sampled using either a suction dredge or highbanker ran for approximately 3 hours and then weighing the results. So in most cases we can provide the estimated gold (weight) per yard (finished hole size) to provide these results. Pictures of collected gold from the claims will be displayed in the picture gallery for those specific claim listings. As bedrock varies from site to site and even foot by foot, we can also help offer what was found during the testing.
Assays have not been performed on placer claims, as we feel that assays are NOT a true representation of a placer site’s potential. On the lode claims, multiple assays are collected and acquired through core samples. There is a scientific method in collecting the samples in acquiring proper assays in order to determine the mean. To perform a “true” assay on placer deposits, this requires that 100% of ALL material (even equal portions of larger rocks & boulders) be collected all the way down to bedrock. The entire sample would need to be crushed down to a fine powder, the sample then being divided down multiple times until you are left with a single tablespoon of material that is then tested. For example, a 3” auger hole with bedrock at a depth of 5′, would have roughly 3 cubic feet of material (equivalent to 4 & 1/2, 5 gallon buckets or 300 to 500 lbs. of rock), which is excluding the fact that there might be multiple rocks larger than the 3″ hole (these rocks would need to be cored precisely 3″ round or by the specific amount they are protruding into the sample area). There are many things that can go wrong with collecting a true placer sample… like hitting a large boulder and mistaking it for bedrock… sluff from the sides of the hole will falingl in and being collected, etc. What this also doesn’t account for, and as most dredgers know, with gold being one of the heaviest minerals in the deposits, most of the larger pieces of gold are trapped in the cracks of bedrock. There are so many altering variables in acquiring a sample correctly that we don’t feel comfortable with posting assays which could easilyconvey false information through an improper sample collection. Many times, people dig down a few feet, take a shovel-full of material, pan it down to concentrates, and then send it in as their “assay” of a claim. Even if they didn’t pan the sample down, this is still not the proper scientific method for acquiring a sample which is a proper representation of a site. If someone is interested in collecting their own sample on any of these claims, and performing an assay, we don’t have any problem with that whatsoever. Please make sure that the hole is filled in after collecting the sample.
• Mining claim 100% owned by you and in your name with a professionally completed Quitclaim Deed
• All filing including recording with the appropriate county and Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
• USGS topographical map of the claim
• Surface Management map of the claim
• GPS coordinates
• Additional copies of paperwork for annual claim filing requirements
• Instructions regarding annual filing requirements and ongoing claim management
The federal regulations on “placer” mining claims requires that claim designation be written in allocate parts (43 CFR 3832.12). Only under special conditions would a placer be written in different conditions. The allocate parts, creates a “boxy” style of configuration, and may not align with the flow of the river/creek. The common mistake in creating a “placer” is writing the legal for the designation of a “lode” claim, which is 1500’ by 600’ (maximum size allowed for a lode deposit). The federal government is now enforcing this policy so that older and future placer claims are properly documented. Another fun fact: a 1500’ by 600’claim is 20.66 acres, and as a placer would require paying an assessment of $310 annual maintenance (without waiver or assessment of work), although a 20 acre or less claim would only require $155 annual maintenance
You can have as many people, companies, or entities as you would like on a mining claim deed. Keep in mind that in filing the annual small miner’s waiver and the affidavit of assessment of work, that all parties who own the claim must sign and/or notarize the forms. Please be advised, that while we offer to pay the transfer fees for deeding the mining claim to the buyer, if you choose to have several claimants on the deed, we hold at our discretion the right to negotiate with the buyer for additional fees. This is due to the fees that the BLM assesses per individual(s) when a claim is transferred from one party to another.
Yes, an individual, company or legal entity (such as a trust) may be on the mining claim deed as a claimant.
Non-citizens are not allowed to file location notices to submit for new claims. However, according to the Idaho state BLM office, a non-citizen or company outside the US may purchase and hold the rights to a mining claim deed. For further verification please contact the Bureau of Land Management, where these mining claims are managed, at 1(208) 373-3891.
Idaho Gold Mining treats all of the mining claims on a first come, first serve basis, as we recognize the yield potential of the precious minerals, historic value, as well as the experience, knowledge and expertise that miners possess for those areas already. So to make it fair for all of our clients, we do not offer sites to be “held” for any period of time so that a claim can be further investigated (or accessed). We recognize that accessing mining claims, during certain times of the year (such as winter months), can be extremely challenging, and as your safety is our main concern, we ask that you take the necessary precautions if you are planning to try and visit the claims. We don’t want anyone hurt out there, because you are trying to be the first one into the new mining claim that is posted.