Golden Sands is a 60 acre Federal Mining Claim located on the Scott River within the Klamath National Forest 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 1,900 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.

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

Golden Sands is one of the largest federal mining claims on the Scott River and represents a massive reserve of gold recovery potential. The Scott River makes a gentle curve through the claim that is more than 6 football fields in length. Golden Sands contains dozens of low pressure areas, shallows, deep pools, gravel bars and ancient benches that will provide many lifetimes of exploration and recovery.


Golden Sands topographical location map

Golden Sands (seen on this map as the yellow-highlighted area) is nestled snuggly in-between two other claims being offered by Union Mining Group which are all part of the 4-claim Scott River Collection. The 60-acre Big Bar mining claim (in blue) is location upstream, and the massive 80-acre Dogleg Right mining claim (in red) is located at the downstream claim boundary. The claims are contiguous meaning that they are connected with no space in-between.

In addition to the 1,900 feet of Scott River within Golden Sands, the claim also takes in 600’ of Middle Creek which can be seen meeting up with the Scott River in the lower left corner of the claim. Middle Creek is a small tributary to the Scott River and usually has water flowing in it throughout the year. Gold has also been found on Middle Creek, so this attribute offers yet another opportunity for gold hunting and recovery in the gulches proven rich in this portion of Siskiyou County and Scott Valley.

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.


Golden Sands on the Scott River (July photo)

General location in Northern California

Map showing Scott Bar, Golden Sands 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.“

Golden Sands
There are dozens of low pressure areas within the river channel which cause perfect gold traps, gravel deposits and sand bars. Gold bearing benches high above the river continue to feed new gold into the river, and the gravels within the river channel are proven to be exceptionally rich and contain gorgeous gold of all sizes (and some platinum). Many large nuggets have been recovered from other claims on the Scott River, some were dontated to the museum in Yreka (later moved to the Courthouse).

In addition to mindless amounts of low pressure areas, there are also hundreds upon hundreds of feet of exposed bedrock jutting out of the river containing all the cracks and crevices where gold nuggets like to hide. In late summer months when the water is at its lowest point, these cracks offer exceptional places for sniping and metal detecting activities. Rivers in this region typically surge from March through May, but come June and July they turn into calm and peaceful waterways.
The Scott River has plenty of year round water to support activities. The photos in this listing were taken in May to show the annual spring surge water levels and again in August to show the normal summer water level. In addition to the spring rains, the snow melting from the mountains easily doubles the size of the river. Like all the big rivers in the area, the Scott River is a gently flowing river during the summer and fall months.

Access to the claim is gained by traveling on Scott River Road, a major paved road maintained by Siskiyou County. The road travels along the entire length of the claim with the river being no more than 150 feet from the road.
The 60 acres of mineral rights which belong to the owner of “Golden Sands” take in the maximum amount of the Scott River through the course of this river bend. The claim also consumes about 600 feet of gold-bearing Middle Creek. This unpatented mining claim maximizes river length and river gravels for gold mining activity, and as history notes these gravels are extremely rich. The claim is easy to find and close to outstanding camping areas within the National Forest.

Bridge Flat Campground is less than 1.5 miles away, and all the creature comforts offered in Fort Jones are just 20 miles away.
It doesn’t take long to become extremely remote in this mountainous region of Northern California. Many mining claims in this rich region are deep within the National Forest or BLM lands and are many hours from services or cell phone signal. Being remote and many hours from civilization are great attributes if that is the desire, but being close to food, water, ice, gas and cell phone service can also be important characteristics. Golden Sands is just the perfect mix of the two. It is remote enough to be alone in the forest, yet close enough to town so that trips for supplies don't consume an entire day. The town of Fort Jones offers a food store, gas station and convenience store, hardware store, and other small town amenities.
You may not have cell phone signal on the claim which is typical in this region, 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 and one that is desired by most gold hunters.

Bridge Flat campground is about a mile from Golden Sands and offers a bathroom and multiple campsites right along the river. If you require additional comforts, you can choose between Fort Jones, Etna or Yreka. Etna 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 less than 45 minutes from all of these establishments.

Highly coveted mining claims are typically surrounded by documented history of major gold recovery operations. Golden Sands is an exceptional federal mining claim in every aspect and measure and represents an asset that can be owned for life and one that can be passed down from generation to generation. The ability to find gold on a mining claim that you own is more than fun, it's a tangable asset with real value. 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!


Golden Sands
Federal unpatented mining claim


Federal Serial #: CAMC 302815
County Stamp: 20120003505
BLM 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 $7,500
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 (http://www.goldgold.com/scott-river-claims.html) 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.