Idaho Gold Mining is offering up one mining claim up in the Cascade/McCall region this year called “Gold Fork” up on Gold Fork River. From just the amazing scenery alone, it is well worth the drive, but then look what others are also recovering from their Gold Fork mining claims. While the main road does travel across the “Gold Fork” mining claim (on the east side), working this claim gives you more seclusion as Gold Fork River ranges from 50’ to 200’ from the road. There are ample places to park and camp along the Gold Fork Road, but there hasn’t been a designated camping area established directly “on” this claim yet. This claim is also marked along the road with the large aluminum yellow federal mining claim signs, with the name of the claim and serial number…just add your name to them, and you are ready to start pulling out some great color.
- Acreage: 20 acre unpatented placer claim
- River footage: 1400’ of Gold Fork South
- Location: Valley County, Township 15N, Range 5E, Sec. 06, NE ¼
- Mining claim serial #: IMC231846
Map to Claim
Marker Degrees, Minutes, Seconds
NW 44°40’22.7568″N, -115°53’43.9804″W
NE 44°40’22.7568″N, -115°53’34.7896″W
SE 44°40’07.4172″N, -115°53’34.7896″W
SW 44°40’07.4172″N, -115°53’43.9804″W
NW 44.672988’N, -115.895550’W
NE 44.672988’N, -115.892997’W
SE 44.668727’N, -115.892997’W
SW 44.668727’N, -115.895550’W
Driving Directions from Boise: Take HWY 55 (from State Street aka HWY 44), north out of Boise towards McCall. You will stay on HWY 55 for approximately 83 miles, which is roughly 13 miles past Cascade (or 3 miles south of before reaching Donnelly). You will turn right (east) on Davis Creek Lane (Gold Fork Hot Springs and River access sign). Stay on this road for approximately 2.5 miles, then turn right at the T (just after the bridge) on Gold Fork Rd. The name of the road eventually changes to NF Road-498, after following this for another approximately 7 miles, you will reach a bridge, which you will turn right (east) on NF Road-400. The claim is located approximately 600 feet past the bridge, and extends south 1320 feet. The claim is approximately 2.5 miles past the Gold Fork Hot Springs establishment. Signage (yellow Federal Mining Claim signs) are posted clearly identifying the claim along the river side of the roadway.