Gold Placer Mining Claim, due north of historic Idaho City, Idaho. On Lager Beer Gulch abutting Mineral Survey 1730 A&B (private for the Lager Beer mining operation). Lager Beer is a tributary off Elk Creek. Gold found in Lager Beer is very course (right off source) and crystalline in nature. There doesn’t appear to be much black sands, but lots of red garnets as heavies. This claim includes 1300 feet of Lager Beer which also has dredging season. There is a main road that crosses the creek (a little ways into the claim) and heads away from the claim up the mountain, with a secondary road (which is accessible) across the claim that runs adjacent to the creek that isn’t well traveled, as it dead ends at the MS (private property on the east side). Full services available in Idaho City, 10 miles from the claim.
- Acreage: 20 acres
- River footage: 1300 feet of Lager Beer off Elk Creek
- Placer/lode: placer
- Location: Boise County, Township 6N, Range 6E, Section 06 NW 1/4
- Mining claim serial #: IMC 217698
Map to Claim
NW Corner 43°53’38.7240″N, -115°48’02.5200″W
NE Corner 43°53’38.7240″N, -115°47’44.0160″W
SE Corner 43°53’32.6040″N, -115°47’44.0160″W
SW Corner 43°53’32.6040″N, -115°48’02.5200″W
NW Corner 43.89409’N, -115.80070’W
NE Corner 43.89409’N, -115.79556’W
SE Corner 43.89239’N, -115.79556’W
SW Corner 43.89239’N, -115.80070’W
Show Me The Gold
Pictures from 4 to 5 hours of running a high-banker. This is just a rough clean up (pretty cold outside to set up the proper equipment), as you can see gold wanting to wash back with the black sands. I estimate around 3 grams of color…but could be a touch more.
Driving Directions: The claim is located 10 miles outside the historic town of Idaho City. Driving directions to the claim: from Boise, travel north on HWY 21 to Idaho City (approximately 34 miles from I-84). Turn left (north) onto Main Street in Idaho City. Through the north end as you leave town, you will pass trailers and rustic places (lot of old equipment), with speed limit of 15, and private signs, just stay on the main road all the way through and keep following it straight. The name of the road changes to Elk Creek Road…which you will stay on for about 9 miles. Once you drop into the Elk Creek drainage, in about a ¼ mile you will see a sign on a tree that says “Lager Beer” to the right, which immediately crosses Elk Creek. Follow this road for about a half mile to the mining claim. Signage is posted clearly identifying the claim along the roadside. I should note, if you haven’t been into Elk Creek before, at about a mile and three miles out of Idaho City, you will come to forks in the road, stay on the well traveled fork on the right (east) both times.