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Our chances of finding a large nugget or a massive chunk of gold may actually be better today than ever before. Underwater placers, never before accessible, can now be worked with ease. New improved dredging techniques now allow us to explore and work many areas of virgin ground. The development of new and improved metal detectors may now enable us to locate deeply hidden veins. Dry-land vac-dredging and crevicing is another fun, (and inexpensive) way to find gold. Owning a gold property gives you exclusive privilege over the mining of minerals on your property for as long as you desire, whenever you like, whenever you've the need to get away to this special place that few can ever even imagine...
One of the easiest and most scenic ways to enter into the Salmon river area is from the northeast on Highway 3... This takes you through the length of Scott Valley, a rich ranching area nestled in the mountains southwest of Yreka. The valley is dotted with tiny communities dating back to the Gold Rush Era, when it was a supply station for miners in the mountainous regions along the gold rich Scott, Salmon, and Klamath Rivers. Visitors today will find interesting shops, fine restaurants, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor & bakery, an excellent microbrewery, and a winery specializing in fruit wines. Visiting this valley is like stepping back in time - to a time when things were less complicated and hectic where the valley is a colorful patchwork of many different farm lands surrounded by snowcapped mountains. At the base of the Marble Mountains in the small town of Etna you will find accommodations such as; gasoline, groceries, motel, B&B, cafe's, etc., before traveling over the pass to the Salmon River. Heading west out of Etna you will immediately begin winding your way up through the forested pass - up to the Pacific Crest Trail at Etna Summit. Down from the summit at the bottom of the pass is where you will begin to catch your first few glimpses of the North Fork of the Salmon River... particularly as you enter into the picturesque little historic gold mining community of Sawyers Bar. It is from this point in your travels where you will constantly be within sight and sound of the crystal-clear waters of the North Fork of the Salmon River.
The Salmon River Watershed is unique... Unlike the other major tributaries of the Klamath River, the Shasta, the Scott and the Trinity, the Salmon does not run through a valley on its journeys. It has no farming, industry or major population within its boundaries, keeping it one of the cleanest rivers in the west.
The North Fork of the Salmon has its head waters in the interior of the Marble Mountains Wilderness and the Russian Wilderness. The South Fork of the Salmon drains from the Salmon Mountain Wilderness and the divide of the Trinity Mountain Wilderness.
The whole course of the watershed is steep and rugged. The Salmon River is a wild, free flowing river.
The amount of gold still sitting inside streambed's of proven gold-bearing rivers is incalculable - There is a whole lot of it. Much was left behind in deposits which the early miners were not interested in mining because, while there might have been a lot of gold in some sections of river during the gold-rush years, it might also have been too widely dispersed or sitting underneath too much overburden to make the gold worth mining in those days. Other very rich deposits were missed because they were out of sight. Without processing every bit of streambed (which they did not have the capability to do), the old-timers simply could not find all of the gold deposits that existed during their time - alot of the gold that was mined was never recovered - it was washed out of the high streambed deposits through their sluice boxes and right back into the present rivers and creeks. This was particularly true of hydraulic mining where an estimated 59% of the gold was missed by many of the large and small operations alike. The last 150 years of erosion too, has washed a great deal more gold into the present rivers of this region from the numerous immeasurable lode sources that are still in existence today. In taking all of this into consideration, we are talking about a lot of gold still existing in this gold-bearing river system... in some cases, more than has already been mined out of it.
THIS IS GOLD COUNTRY!... Known as; "The richest little river in America"... No-where, will you find better potential for recovering very large high-grade deposits of gold as within this beautiful river system.
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