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just sluicing? ( 05:44:41 ThuMay 7 2009 )

Are there any places on the 49er claims where you can do any good with just a sluice? I am curious because we are going to join as soon as we can,was hoping for this month but....just got back to work so I need to build up some funds.Anyway we have a sluice and a metal detector and were just wondering about that...Any help would be gladly appreciated...Thanks..

  
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Re: just sluicing? ( 10:33:16 ThuMay 7 2009 )

Look at the creeks, myself, I would go up onto the NF salmon claims.



  
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Re: just sluicing? ( 18:36:13 ThuMay 7 2009 )

I have seen many people sluice at k15 a they will get 4 or 5 buckets buy where everyone was highbanking and run them through there sluice and was doing very good lots of color

  
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Re: just sluicing? ( 23:26:50 ThuMay 7 2009 )

try highwater line crevicing you can do well

  
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Re: just sluicing? ( 02:02:48 FriMay 8 2009 )

Two things to consider:

1. The Klamath itself is not well suited to use of a sluice. Not many places you can actually set up a sluice except in extreme low water conditions. I lost one sluice when I tried to set it up off some bedrock and it washed off into (very) deep water. The creeks - or Salmon River - are better bets.

2. Unlike some other areas, in Califormia you can not take gravel from the bank and put it into a sluice in the river (legally). You must shovel gravel from the river or creek. You can, however, pump water from the river up to your sluice and work up on the bank (if you have a small pump and feed hose) as long as your dirty water does not run back into the river.

  
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Re: just sluicing? ( 03:48:06 FriMay 8 2009 )

The Klamath has that rule and i can see why..but do the creeks have the same rule? We are wanting to check out the Indian creek area first from the pics it looks like the area I live in now.I would even like to take a look in the East fork and check it out...Anyway thank you for all the info and we will hopefully see you down there this summer...:whoohoo:

  
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Re: just sluicing? ( 15:23:22 FriMay 8 2009 )

Really a very good point dbendtzen. Sorry I overlooked the obvious. Newby08, that rule applies any and everywhere in Calif. Basically what it says is that if it is wet, then keep it wet and if its dry don't introduce it into the waterway. You don't need the big ticket and all the hassles accosiated with doing it wrong. When you get to the claims, not to worry. All our members will help you set up or advise you how to stay on the right side of the regulations, should you have any questions.
If you have never worked in CA yet, then the best advice I can give to you is that if you're not sure. StOP, check with somebody that does know. We all want you to have a great time and find a lot of gold. The members around you will also help to get you into a "known" gold bearing" area.
Sign up for one of Dave's weekend highbanking group projects. You will find out all that you need to know for working on the banks. Dave has some well seasoned helpers to make sure that ALL that attend, get all the attention they need, to make sure it is a profitable and enjoyable time for you.

Lee

  
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Re: just sluicing? ( 18:21:19 SatMay 9 2009 )

Do you need a permit to hi-bank? I am looking at 1 that is pretty inexpensive and has very little use time on it and it will still leave me enough money to join up in June also...I will be getting a dredge later on so we can do some serious mining but this will do for now..Thanks everyone for your input you guys are great...:doublethumbsup:

  
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Re: just sluicing? ( 04:33:05 SunMay 10 2009 )

No permit needed for highbanking. Just be sure that you fill your holes back in when you are done. The Forest Service takes a dim view of holes left open and the club tries their best to keep on the good side of the officials.

In the past we have had to organize work parties to go fill someone elses holes in.

Each member should always keep in mind that whatever we do, or do not do that should have been done, reflects on the entire membership. When outsiders look at you and what you do, they judge the whole club by what they see.



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newby08
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Re: just sluicing? ( 05:10:27 SunMay 10 2009 )

I agree..we come across holes up here people have dug and not filled back in and it can get adventures when you are walking through the under brush and come across one...I have another question for you guys also...Can you break apart and clean out the bedrock on the surface along the bank of the river or creek? If so what do you do with the tailings I guess thats what you would call them?:confused:

  
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Re: just sluicing? ( 12:47:35 SunMay 10 2009 )

Yes you can, but don't leave a mess. If you leave it looking "natural", then you are good to go.

  
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Re: just sluicing? ( 18:44:42 SunMay 10 2009 )

Thats what I thought,but every state is different and may not want you to even tear up the bedrock...we always spread our tailings back out to try to make it look as natural as possible..Thanks for the info..

  

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