These mining claims are positioned approximately 1.5 miles upstream from Featherville on Barker Creek, a tributary of the SF Boise River. When taking a visit in Featherville, you may notice the large tailing piles at the Feather River & SF Boise confluence, but you will also see some of the tailings randomly farther west on the SF Boise, as it is a rich riverbed as well. It is pavement all the way into Featherville & a well graded 2 lane gravel NF 227 road. Showing the rich gold history of this area.
These mining claims have a specific road (NF 001) which terminates about a ¼ mile off the main road, with a large camping area at the dead end. The old NF 001 road extends upstream of Barker all the way across Barker Auric, so it is flat hiking extending back into Barker Creek, which allows for more seclusion when doing prospecting. There is also ample camping abutting these claims off the main NF 227 road, as well as several hot-springs to soak in (around Pine & Featherville), excellent hunting (seen elk multiple times “on” these claims) & fishing, so these have a wide variety of other recreational activities in the area to enjoy. There are services in both Featherville (1.5 miles west) & Pine (11 to the southwest).
Barker Bench & Barker Auric
- Acreage: 40 acre unpatented placer claim
- River footage: 1500’ of Barker Creek (1 secluded camping area on claim)
- Location: Elmore County, Township 3N, Range 10E, Sec. 11, NE ¼
- Mining claim serial #: ID106318735
Map to Claim
Marker Degrees, Minutes, Seconds
NW 43°36’58.8960″N, -115°13’56.2440″W
NE 43°36’58.8960″N, -115°13’37.5600″W
SE 43°36’45.7200″N, -115°13’37.5600″W
SW 43°36’45.7200″N, -115°13’56.2440″W
Marker Latitude & Longitude
NW 43.61636’N, -115.23229’W
NE 43.61455’N, -115.22710’W
SE 43.61270’N, -115.22710’W
SW 43.61270’N, -115.23229’W
Aerial & Topo Images
“Show Me the Gold” – I typically set up a high banker, but after only 20 minutes worth of just panning I was already finding nice size pieces of color worth showing from just a few quick pans. This drainage appears to be virgin, with no sign of old workings.
Driving Directions from Mountain Home: Take HWY 20 (from I-84 Exit 95), north out of Mountain Home for 31.5 miles. Turn left (north) onto NF 61 (AKA Pine-Featherville Rd, signs for Anderson Ranch) and stay on this road for 28.6 miles. I will note that in Pine at the T looking intersection (at 18 miles), the main road (without stop sign), veers to the right by the Pine diner…so just stay on the main road. After entering the original older town of Featherville (at approximately 28.7 miles from HWY 20). The road name changes to NF 227 just outside of Featherville. You will continue on NF 227 for 1.5 miles and make a left (north) onto the NF 001. You will continue on NF 001 for approximately 750 until you reach the Barker Bench mining claim. The NF 001 ends within a 1/4 mile from NF 227, or on the Barker Bench mining claim, and the claims continue upstream (from where the road terminates) for approximately 1250 feet. Signs have been marked along even the old NF 001 road further back in to show where the boundaries are.