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California 40 ac Gold Mining Claim w/Creek

Sold: 40 Acres Priced At $3,500 (USD)
Plumas County, Graeagle, California, United States
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This is a legally registered, 40 acre gold Mining Claim for sale, the Gray Eagle Creek Gold #2, in Plumas County just 3.5 miles southwest of the quaint mountain town of Graeagle that has all the necessities. Feel of the claim area is away from it all, with then nearby town as needed. The town has a great brewery and some nice golf courses.
This is a special area with so many activities offered, coupled with the beauty of nature.
See the number of info links end of this listing to see how special this area is.

National Forests remained open at all times during the virus with a televised invitation by the Director for families to visit them as safe places for family recreation, making our mining claims some of the safest places for your family to enjoy and get away from all the nonsense.

This claim has over 1320 feet of creek running thru the whole claim from north to south, and has some nice bends, acting as excellent gold catching areas.
There are some great, 5 star campgrounds just down the road.
There is a seldom used hiking trail along the creek making for easy creek access.
This is a wonderful hike where you can experience an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife.
Up the ridges on the claim are great for you to use your rock hammer in searching for gems.
At the SE corner of the claim is a parking lot with bathrooms making it easy to park and access your claim.
A side road to camping spot is just down the road.
Beautifully forested area located in an awesome mountain valley.
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The Lakes Basin Recreation Area with Gold Lake is only 7 miles south.
See area description further down and information links bottom of this listing to get a good feel for this beautiful area.

There are a number of other claims in this area being worked by families for years, being another good sign for the gold potential on our claims.
Gray Eagle Creek is a tributary downstream of the nearby Middle Fork Feather River that is famous for its gold prospecting history and is classified by the government as a Wild and Scenic River.

To add to your mining claim experience, Plumas County is also a snowmobiler’s dream. Spectacular beauty and diverse terrain make this area an ideal destination for a snowmobiling getaway. You can choose from a wide variety of groomed trails and ungroomed routes through two national forests. The nearby town of Graeagle has snowmobile rentals if you do not have your own.

The Plumas County Tax Collector has a value on this claim of $4446.

To purchase our claim, the process would be, I would need your name(s) and mailing address where I would scan and email you a signed contract.

Total price of $3500, paid in one full payment where your ownership is then transferred after receiving payment.
A signed contract will precede payment.

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Graeagle geological region for gold:

This area is also known for rockhounding and gemstones.

The neaby town of Graeagle is where the great outdoors meets fine country charm and hospitality, You will discover the finest 18-hole championship golf courses, horseback riding, campgrounds, the best nature hikes, lakes, specialty shops and restaurants throughout this entire area.

Graeagle is located in the High Sierras of Plumas County, only one-hour west from Reno, Nevada, and two and a half hours northeast of Sacramento, California.
Graeagle is perfect for a family getaway, or a quick overnight escape from the big city hustle and bustle.

The nearby Lakes Basin Recreation Area of Plumas County is just south of Graeagle and our claim. This area contains dozens of great fishing lakes, most of them accessible by hiking and horse trails. Gold Lake, the largest, has a boat landing and nearby camping. A number of quaint lakeside lodges in the area offer rustic accommodations and fine dining. Formed by glaciers and filled with remnants of the gold rush, the Lakes Basin area offers pristine camping, hiking and mountain biking.

The Plumas National Forest covers over a million acres of tree covered mountains, filled with hundreds of high alpine lakes and thousands of miles of clear running streams.
Year round, outdoor enthusiasts are attracted to this area's many streams and lakes, beautiful deep canyons, rich mountain valleys, meadows and lofty peaks.

Plumas County is on the far northern extent of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, and includes several very rich gold deposits. This area was being mined not long after the initial discovery of gold in California. Within a few short years, major mining operations were in place. 
There are many large hard rock mines throughout Plumas County, but most of the production from this area has come from the placers. The Feather River is the major drainage that flows through the county, but there are also some “ancient” river channels, also called Tertiary gold bearing rivers and creeks that were the primary gold producers. Indian Creek is one of those gold bearing creeks.

We feel we are selling more than the gold and minerals on beautiful land.
You would be acquiring an experience that will give you a good feel for what the old time prospectors must have felt during the days of the original California Gold Rush.

I am a retired teacher, and got into prospecting as a hobby with my family.
I am 69 and my wife 66, and we have gained the experience to select the best areas to locate claims.

For the possibility of constructing any building you or others could live in, you need to file a Plan of Operation with the BLM for approval, showing you have developed a “full-time operation” performing “diligent mining.”
You do not need a plan, permission nor a permit to camp and prospect.
You do not need to be a full time prospector to file a Plan for a shed type structure.

A mining claim is an affordable way to enjoy the beauty of the land combined with the adventure of panning for gold.

If within one year you are not satisfied with your claim, you can trade for another comparable claim, just paying the BLM and County transfer fees which will be about $125.

Claim buyer will also receive a new, free, Gold Panning Kit:
One 14 inch Gold Trap pan; One 10.5 inch Gravity Trap pan, One combination sifter/classifier with 7/16 of an inch exit holes, One Gold Guzzler snuffer bottle, One Tweezers/ Magnifying Glass combo tool.

Mining Claims as an investment: if you purchase a claim from us, at no charge, I would help you if you ever decided to sell in the future.
Mining Claims are a great investment, as claims go up in value over time, just as land does. This is one of the areas of the original California Gold Rush.
Owning a mining claim is having access to a lifetime of great family fun and recreation, in a very beautiful, natural setting.

This is a 40 acre unpatented, gold mining placer claim, the Gray Eagle Creek Gold #2, with the beautiful Gray Eagle Creek running through the claim, and is in Plumas County, California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Plumas National Forest. The claim is legally registered with the Bureau of Land Management out of Sacramento and Plumas County. You own the mineral rights, not sharing with others, on the 40 acres, and use your 40 acres, recreationally for camping: tent, camper, or RV, and prospecting: an awesome, beautiful area.

With an approved BLM Plan of Operation, a building can be built on the land: any building that benefits and improves the claim, though you cannot live on a mining claim.
As stated by the BLM, this can be the "construction of a building, road, fence, or enclosure necessary for mining."
Current usage, is what the BLM calls, Casual Use: panning, shovel, rock hammer, metal detector, creek powered sluice box, where no permission nor permit is needed to camp and prospect.

Now that we have located the claim, you never have to declare to the BLM any gold or gems you find.
You can prospect as little or as much as you like.

On our visits to the claim, we gathered in and around the creek, approx. 1/8 of an ounce of gold on the claim, being worth about $225. As the BLM does not specify the amount of gold to be found to locate a claim other than gold needs to be discovered, we use this amount for a 40 acre claim as a projection of good gold potential. Someone with more time may find more. Gold prices are over $1800/ounce. Though we could never guarantee what you will find, we did locate this claim in an historically rich area for gold prospecting.
Gold prices have gone up over $400 an ounce in just this past year.
We also found crystal quartz on the claim.

You are allowed to post No Trespassing for Prospecting signs in and around the claim.
A mining claim owner may limit or restrict public recreational use of/or public access across claims or portions of claims that are actively used for prospecting, mining, or processing operations where public recreational use of a claim would endanger or materially interfere with legitimate mining pursuits.

40 acres: = 1320 x 1320 ft.

Plumas County is located in the NE corner of California, where the Sierra and the Cascade Mountains meet. Plumas County has more than 100 lakes and 1000 miles of rivers and creeks with over a million acres of national forest land.
Plumas County offers a high quality of life and the natural beauty of the land is why many choose this area for family fun and recreation.
The numerous lakes and mountain creeks create a playground for those who love the outdoors.
With the beauty of the surrounding mountain ranges, this area is a hiker’s dream.
This claim has good legal road access, on a good county road for any type of vehicle, with an area for camping, and gold discovered in surface prospecting. Gray Eagle Creek runs thru the whole claim.

A transfer of ownership is a sale of legal, exclusive ownership of a mining claim site. To be a legally recorded claim, gold had to be found on the claim, which was completed by us, as we are original claim locators.

Your ownership is legally conveyed via a Quit Claim deed, and legally recorded with the BLM and Plumas County. A Quit Claim deed is the required legal document per the BLM. Each year, on or before September 1st, you need to file a simple form with the Bureau of Land Management, along with $330. By doing this, you keep the claim forever. 2 names needed on your deed. You must be a current US citizen with a US address to own a mining claim in the US. I have paid the $330 fee for this year, not due again until September 1, 2021.
Plumas County taxes = $60/year due in Spring 2021.
An unpatented mining claim is a specific parcel of federal land, valuable for a specific mineral deposit or deposits. It is a parcel for which an individual has asserted a legal right of possession and the right to develop and extract a discovered, valuable, mineral deposit.
Mining claims are real property that you can buy, sell, or inherit. After proving the existence of valuable minerals on the land, the claim is legally recorded with the Bureau of Land Management and Alpine County.

The Gray Eagle Creek Gold #2, is a gold and gem placer mining claim, ideally situated in Plumas County, that has a history of rich gold discoveries.

Your 40 acres is the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 29, Township 22 North, Range 12 East, Mount Diablo Base Line and Meridian, known as the Gray Eagle Creek Gold #2 mining claim, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Claim number: CAMC323578

Driving Directions:
Easy access from the nearby town of Graeagle:
South out of town on CA-89.
Take a right, west, on Gold Lake Highway that is the claim road,
About 4 miles to the claim.
Then use gps coordinates below and maps provided to the claim.
Only 60 miles from Reno, NV and 46 miles to Truckee, CA.
2 1/2 hours SW to Sacramento.

The claim location monument has a 4 foot wooden post with an attached copy of the Location Notice, as required by the State of California.

Gray Eagle Creek running through the claim is a unique advantage for gold prospecting and prospectors always look for creek bends as on this claim for where the gold accumulates.
Gold always occurs in gravels in the metallic state and when so found has various physical characteristics. Gold is dense and heavy, it has a characteristic metallic color, and it is soft and easily malleable (it is easily formed by hammering). These are the characteristics used by prospectors to identify gold in the field.
Placer gold occurs on the claim as small grains derived from gossan formed by weathering, and oxidation of the gold, copper and iron rich veins. Gold also occurs as grains flakes and small nuggets derived from the erosion of mineralized fault zones on, and upstream from the claim.
Additional Features:

Pure Gray Eagle Creek running thru the claim for panning.
Fishing in the creek.
Beautiful Rock specimens for you Rock Hounds
Located in one of the most beautiful mountain areas in the US.
The Federal Government owns the land.
You are purchasing the mineral rights.
Prospect and explore on the whole 40 acres.

To purchase our claim, the process would be, I would need your name(s) and mailing address where I would scan and email you a signed contract.

Total price of $3500, paid in one full payment where your ownership is then transferred after receiving payment.
A signed contract will precede payment.

After receiving your payment, your ownership of the 40 acre claim will be legally recorded with the local Bureau of Land Management and Plumas County. The quit claim deed is the correct document to be recorded for a mining claim, as stated by the BLM. This is not a sharing with others of your 40 acre claim.


"We purchased a 40 acre claim in California from Mr. Leu. Our claim is everything he told us it would be: Beautiful area, great for family camping outings, and, we have found gold while panning in the creek on our claim. We could not be happier with our purchase!"

"Living in Colorado, the purchase of our mining claim from you has been great for family fun and recreation. We have camped overnight a number of times, and panned for gold in the creek. We were even able to find gold flakes on several of our attempts. Thank you so much!."

"We purchased 2 mining claims from Michael Leu over the last 2 years, one in California, and one In Colorado. We have been to our claims on several occasions, and we could not be happier! They are exactly as described, and our camping on our claims and prospecting in the creek on each claim is the highlight of our vacations. You can trust Mr. Leu. If you are looking for a great time in the awesome beauty of the west, buying a mining claim from Mr. Leu will be a blessing."

And just a note of encouragement for you if purchase:
My wife and I have located, prospected on, and sold mining claims in
California, Colorado, & Arizona, going on now 10 years.
You can trust we will process your notarized deeds correctly and quickly.
In that mining claims are processed thru the Bureau of Land Management, a
Federal Govt. agency, not following thru per our legally signed contract, would be a federal crime. I certainly will do what I say, and would never put myself nor my wife in any legal jeopardy.
Also, we have sold properties on 4 sites online for over 10 years:
Landsalelistings, Landwatch, LandandFarm, and LandsofAmerica.
Our continued good status on these sites is due to our always following thru, as just one time we would not, we would not be allowed to sell on these sites ever again.


GPS Coordinates: 

Gray Eagle Creek Gold #2

NW 39.74089, -120.65526
NE 39.74089, -120.65051
SW 39.73699, -120.65526

SE 39.73699, -120.65051

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Town of Graeagle

Nearby Lakes Basin, Gold Lake

Gray Eagle Lodge with great reviews is just down the road

The National Forest Lakes Basin Campground with great reviews is also just down the road

The nearby Lakes Basin Recreational Area has a number of lakes to enjoy

How to successfully pan for gold

Use of creek powered sluice box

One of many places to sell your gold findings

Plumas County Information

Gold History of Plumas County

Plumas National Forest

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Land Uses & Features
Recreational Property • Waterfront • Investment Property • Hunting Land • Mountain Real Estate • For Sale By Owner (FSBO) • Creek • Wooded • Views

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Open Document   Claim topography location map pdf file
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Property Location
City/Town: Graeagle
County: Plumas County
Zip/Postal Code: 96103
State / Province:   California
Country: United States
Property Location Map, GPS Coordinates & Directions

Owner / Agent / Sellers Information

Name: Michael Leu
Address: 7705 St. James Dr.
Mentor, Ohio
44060, United States

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Gray Eagle Creek, claim creek
Gray Eagle Creek, claim creek

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Claim creek

Claim creek
Claim creek

Claim creek
Claim creek

Claim topography location map
Claim topography location map

GPS corners map
GPS corners map

Satellite GPS corners map
Satellite GPS corners map

Satellite view parking
Satellite view parking

Crystal quartz on our claim
Crystal quartz on our claim

We go where the gold is!
We go where the gold is!

Creek powered sluice box
Creek powered sluice box

Gray Eagle Creek views
Gray Eagle Creek views

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County location map

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Claim area views

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Claim area Fall colors

Nearby town of Graeagle
Nearby town of Graeagle

Down the road to Gold Lake
Down the road to Gold Lake

Down the road to the Lake Basin Recreation Area
Down the road to the Lake Basin Recreation Area

Free panning kit
Free panning kit

Satellite view camping spot
Satellite view camping spot

Gray Eagle Creek Trail thru the claim
Gray Eagle Creek Trail thru the claim

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Creek along trail

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