Confidence is a 20 acre Federal Mining Claim located on the Scott River within the Klamath National Forest located in northern Siskiyou County, California. This gorgeous and historically rich region is highly noted for its exceptional gold bearing rivers. This mining claim covers more than 1,400 feet of the river and is one of four contiguous mining claims being offered by Union Mining Group as part of a rare collection extending for over 1.5 miles in length.

Confidence is being offered for individual sale or together with her 3 contiguous downstream mining claims that make up our Scott River Collection. Confidence's location can be seen in the below map which depicts the claim boundaries of each of the four mining claims within this collection.

Don't let the larger size of the other three mining claims in this collection detract from the actual size of Confidence. This mining claim contains a straightaway that is as long as four football fields. The length of this claim is staggering, and when on the ground you will realize that even the smallest claim in this collection offers many lifetimes of gold recovery potential.

Confidence topographical location map

About the Scott River
The Scott River is one of the largest rivers in California and is a major tributary of the Klamath River. This 60-mile long waterway has an incredible history which extends back to the earliest days of California exploration and gold discovery. In 1836, nearly two dozen beaver trappers from the Hudson Bay Company entered into this region hunting for beaver fur. Originally called “Beaver River”, the current day Scott River and surrounding valley was considered some of the finest beaver hunting grounds in the west.

Stephen Meek was born in Virginia but made his way west in 1831 and became a legendary trapper for numerous fur and trapping companies. He reportedly trapped over 1,800 beaver in 1850 in this river valley. Meek turned from hunting and trapping to gold mining in the early 1850's but returned to trapping in his final years.

Stephen Meek, 1807-1889
Photo from the Oregon Historical Society

The Gold Rush to the region
Gold was discovered in the Scott River in 1850 by John W. Scott. Scott was an early pioneer to the area who used the Siskiyou Trail and other alternate routes through the mountains from Shasta CA up into Oregon. John Scott’s discovery of gold about 5 miles north of the confluence with the Klamath River sparked a gold rush to the northern California region. The place of John's gold discovery is called "Scott Bar" which is just a few miles downstream from these mining claims.

“Beaver River” as it was known to the early trappers and settlers became the Scott River, and the massive drainage valley surrounding the river became known as Scott Valley. Trails became stagecoach roads as towns sprung up to support the influx of 49’ers. A nearby U.S. Army Post called Fort Jones became a bustling town and trading post, and the town is still thriving today. These claims are located just 20 miles from Fort Jones which offers all the conveniences needed for an enjoyable and comfortable visit.

Confidence on the Scott River (July photo)

General location in Northern California

Map showing Scott Bar, Confidence and Fort Jones

Big River, Big Gold
Gold miners flocked to Scott Valley and had incredible success finding gold in the river, streams and gulches. The 60-mile long river has numerous tributaries and upstream at the headwaters proved exceedingly rich. The town of Callahan sprung up near the confluence of the East Fork Scott River and the South Fork Scott River about 30 miles upstream from Scott Bar and was named after M.B. Callahan who opened up a traveler’s stop for miners moving through the area . This upstream region was saturated with gold.

Massive Yuba-style dredges were brought into this area near Callahan and operated at the headwaters of the Scott River between 1934 and 1950. The upstream gold mining and recovery activity provides a testament to the rich gold-laden gravels in the Scott River and within Scott Valley. The dredges processed gravels in the Scott River stream channel and excavated materials up to 60 feet below the river channel and flood plains. Their massive tailing piles can still be seen today while driving along Hwy 3 near Callahan. It's important to realize two things: (1) Equipment of this size isn't constructed and employed unless the gravels are exceedingly rich, and (2) this upstream mining activity in the Scott River Valley provides a look into where the rich gravels in the Scott River came from. The below map from 1913 shows the Dredging Districts in Northern California. The red circle represents the Scott River valley area and the small gold circle is the location of this mining claim. Major gold recovery operations surround these mining claims which is one reason why gold hunters covet this region and it's rare mining claims along the Scott River.

Dredge District map, 1913, Engineering & Mining Journal

Yuba style dredge, photo from Bureau of Mines and Minerals

Yuba style dredge, photo from Sacramento RegionalSan

Scott River Dredge History
There's quite a bit of documentation about the dredges that worked miles upstream from this collection. Here's a portion of what can be found if you research "Scott River dredge".

California State Mining Bureau, San Francisco
Bulletin No. 57, August 31, 1910
W.W Shannon, Lewis E. Aubury, State Mineralogists

“Along the Klamath River and its important tributaries are large gravel deposits. Hydraulic mining has been most profitable, and formerly the gold from the gravel mines of Siskiyou County exceeded in value the annual output of all other gravel mines in California, but the gold yield from that source is now exceeded by a number of other counties. River-bed mining, by the use of wing-dams, has been carried more extensively than in any other county, and lately gold dredging has met with success. In 1910 there were two gold dredging companies operating elevator dredges in Siskiyou County, the Siskiyou Dredging Company and the Scott River Dredging Company.

Scott River Dredging Company. — The Scott River Dredging Company began operations in August, 1908, and has an operating permit of one dredge. The company is incorporated under the laws of the State of Maine. The holdings of this company comprise an area of about 200 acres, located in parts of sections 7, 17, 20, and 21, township 40 north, range 8 west lying along Scott River at the town of Callahan. The property was prospected by means of drills averaging about one test hole per acre. The gravel averages in depth about 30 feet, and in character is a coarse wash, carrying little sand and no clay. The bedrock is irregular and consists of decomposed schist, causing some difficulty in dredging.

Scott River Dredge.— The Scott River dredge was put in commission August 5, 1908, and was the first large close-connected-bucket elevator dredge to be built in Siskiyou County. During the first twelve months in operation it turned over 7.5 acres of ground and handled 354.961 cubic yards of gravel, while digging to an average depth of 30 feet. This dredge was built to dig 30 feet below the water-line, and is equipped with a double girder ladder, 85 feet 5 inches long, carrying 72 buckets, each weighing 2,300 pounds, and driven by a 125 hp motor. The hull is 110 feet long and 35 feet wide, and differs in construction from other dredge hulls in California in that it is 9 feet deep at the bow and 5 feet at the stern. The gold-saving tables are of the Holmes system, having a lineal area of about 110 feet and a riffle surface of 960 square feet. The revolving screen is of the Risdon type, and is 33 feet 6 inches long with a diameter of 6 feet, having a total screen area of about 360 square feet. The tailing stacker is Link-Belt Company make, 90 feet long between centers, carrying a 32-inch belt 200 feet long. The equipment of this dredge consists principally of Link-Belt Company machinery, some parts being Risdon make. The hull was constructed by the Western Engineering and Construction Company, who also installed the machinery. The dredge has a rated capacity of about 100 cubic yards per hour.

Siskiyou Dredging Company. — The Siskiyou Dredging Company began operations February 16, 1910, with one large close-connected- bucket elevator dredge. This company was organized under the laws of the State of Maine, and is capitalized for $200,000. The holdings of this company comprise an area of about 255 acres, located at a point 5 miles north of Fort Jones, extending for a distance of about 2 I/2miles along McAdams Creek in sections 12 and 1, township 44 north, range 9 west, and in sections 6 and 31, townships 44 and 45 north, range 8 West. The property was prospected by means of drills and shafts, and of the total area 165 acres are considered proved dredging ground. The gravel lies on a decomposed slate bedrock, and averages in depth about 40 feet, and in character is a medium coarse, clean wash, carrying no clay.“

Confidence consumes a straight portion of the river after a series of sharp bends and curves upstream. This straightaway contains the low pressure gravel deposits commonly seen after hard turns, and any pay streak within the river channel will be running from the upstream inside bend directly into this portion of the river.

Gold is heavy and will drop out in any given low pressure area, and this 20 acre mining claim contains plenty of them. In addition to containing the top of the curve and the straightaway, there are also large boulders and plenty of exposed cracks in bedrock. All of these physical disturbances and low pressure areas create the perfect environment for big gold. Rivers in this region typically run strong and surge from March through May. However, come June and July they turn into calm and peaceful waterways.
The Scott River has plenty of year round water to support prospecting. These photos were taken in May to show the annual spring water levels (high flow levels) and again in August to show the normal summer water level. In addition to the spring rains, the snow melting from the nearby mountains easily double the size of the river during early spring months. Like all the big rivers in the area, the Scott River is a gently flowing river during the summer and fall months with gentle currents and crystal clear waters.

Access to the claim is gained by traveling on a major paved road, Scott River Road. This excellently maintained road travels the entire length of the claim, with the river being no more than 100’ off the road.
The 20 acres of mineral rights which belong to the owner of “Confidence” take in the maximum amount of the Scott River. This claim was expertly laid to ensure the most possible river length was gained within the mining claim. The claim is easy to find and well marked using both federal mining claim signs and the physical attributes of the road, the river, and Bridge Flat campground.

In this photo, Scott River Road can be seen running along the left side of the river. Bridge Flat Campground is just barely off the map at the lower right hand portion of this map and is less than 1 mile from Confidence. The boundaries of the claim are highlighted in blue and provide the exact mining claim boundaries.
It doesn’t take long to become extremely remote in this portion of Northern California. Most mining claims are hours from established towns which offer supporting amenities. Not only is Confidence a rare mining claim on a great gold bearing river, but it is also just 25 minutes (15 miles) from the items needed to support a comfortable stay in this breathtaking mountainous region. The town of Fort Jones offers a food store, gas station and convenience store, hardware store, shops, and other small town amenities.

You may not have cell phone signal on the claim, but once you head towards Fort Jones, you quickly obtain a signal. Having cell reception close to your mining claim is another very rare occurrence in this region.
Bridge Flat campground is less than a mile from the claim (red box on the map to the right, see above map as well) and offers a bathroom and multiple campsites right along the river. If you require additional comforts, you can head south for 12 miles on Highway 3 from Fort Jones to Etna, or you can head north 17 miles to Yreka (Siskiyou County seat) for all the big town ammenities.

Etna is much smaller than Yreka but has a gas station, storage facility, food store, laundry mat, post office, a hardware store, and a couple other small businesses. Yreka is a full blown town, with multiple major hotels, Wal-Mart, restaurants, drug stores and pharmacies, vehicle repair facilities, etc. Everything you could possibly need is found in Yreka, so at most you are 45 minutes from those “nice to haves” found at a major town while working on the Confidence mining claim. Experienced miners in this region will vouch for the benefit of being close to town. It's definitely a major asset in this region. Confidence is an exciting mining claim perfectly situated on a fantastic gold bearing river. We hope you get a chance to visit this claim and the three other claims just below Confidence.

Highly coveted mining claims are typically surrounded by documented history of major gold recovery operations. This portion of the Scott River was never commercially dredged and its gravels contain the same values as was found by commercial operations upstream. Located in the heart of one of the richest regions in California, this section of river continues to be a well-known mecca for gold miners and prospectors. The river is locked down with Federal Mining Claims and has been for nearly 100 years. It is extremely rare for mining claims on this river to be offered to the public. Why are claims on the Scott River so valuable?

1. The ability to recover gold for profit (the definition & purpose of a federal mining claim).
2. This exact stretch of river is surrounded by historic gold recovery of incredible proportions.
3. Do your due diligence. Research Scott River gold and the surrounding area and you'll uncover the history.
4. Access: These claims are right off Scott River Rd. No tromping through miles of trails and breaking brush.
5. Comfort: There are National Forest campgrounds within miles of these claims.
6. Support: Close proximity to all the comforts of home (and cell phone signal!).
7. Potential: These claims support every aspect of gold recovery, dredging permits are coming soon!
8. Investment: The cheapest gold to own is the gold that is still in the ground. Own it for life.

We have a total of 6 mining claims on this river and their sheer size represents many lifetimes of mining and gold recovery. We are keeping two and offering the remaining 4 for sale at very respectable prices, where just a few ounces of gold pays for the entire mining claim that you own for life (and can pass down to future generations). We hope that all four claims go to the same owner to preserve this 1.5 mile stretch, but the claims may also be sold individually.

You don't have to go out and rediscover gold. Look for gold where gold has already been found!

Federal unpatented mining claim

Federal Serial #: CAMC 302833
County Stamp: 20120003762
BBLM Fees: Current through 1 Sept 2016
County Taxes: Paid through 31 August 2016
County Tax Assessment #: 860-002-653-000
County Tax Bill: $33.00 annually

Terms: Purchase price of $6,000
Financing is available:
60% downpayment
40% paid over 24 months

The Scott River has long been a favorite hot spot for gold hunters, prospectors and miners alike. For over 100 years gold has been recovered from the river, the gravel bars, benches, gulches and mountains surrounding this incredible waterway. Nationwide gold clubs revere this river as one of the best on the west coast. Mining claims along this stretch are rare, extremely valuable and highly coveted. Club websites such as the GPAA, LDMA and New 49'ers have additional information about their claims on the Scott River. This picture of Scott River gold (found with a metal detector) can be seen on the New 49'ers website ( regarding what their members have found on their club's Scott River claims. Here's a link to a neat video put out by the GPAA/LDMA about their club claim located nearby on the Scott River.