Gold Placer Mining Claim, due north of historic Idaho City, Idaho. Elk Creek being one of the prominent drainages that deposited gold into the Idaho City basin (prompting the bucket dredging mining in the massive tailing piles found around Idaho City) .This claim includes 900 feet on a historic gold-bearing drainage of Elk Creek with open dredging season in the Boise Basin. Large secluded campground right on the claim next to the creek, with additional feeder creek entering the claim. Full services available in Idaho City, 13 miles from the claim.
- Acreage: 20 acres
- River footage: 900 feet of Elk Creek
- Placer/lode: placer
- Location: Boise County, Township 7N, Range 6E, Section 20 SW 1/4
- Mining claim serial #: IMC 217321
Map to Claim
NW 43°55’38.6040”N, -115°46’54.4080”W
NE 43°55’38.6040”N, -115°46’36.8040”W
SE 43°55’32.8080”N, -115°46’36.8040”W
SW 43°55’32.8080”N, -115°46’54.4080”W
NW 43.92739°N, -115.78178°W
NE 43.92739°N, -115.77689°W
SE 43.92578°N, -115.77689°W
SW 43.92578°N, -115.78178°W
Driving Directions: The claim is located 13 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. Stay on this road all the way through town and keep following it straight. The name of the road changes to Elk Creek Road…which you will stay on for 13 miles until you reach the mining claim. If this is your first time to Elk Creek, just leaving Idaho City past the bridge, you will come to a very rustic area (old vehicles, equipment, torn down trailers) that is private, where the speed limit is 15 with private property signs out, just stay on the main road through this area. 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. I should note that, closer to the claim, the main road stays up above Elk Creek. To get to the lower one, at approximately 2 miles past the “Lager Beer” road sign, there is a turn to the right, it’s somewhat hidden as it drops down to the right at the junction (43.91373°N, -115.79510°W Lat/Long 43°54’49.4280”N, -115°47’42.3600”W deg/min/sec), but take this turn to get onto the lower Elk Creek road. As soon as you cross the creek you will be on the Elk Find #3 mining claim, and it extends to the private property signs on the north east (up the road). Signage is posted clearly identifying the claim along the roadside.