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40 ac California MiningClaim River $500/mo

Sold: 40 Acres Priced At $3,500 (USD)
Alpine County, Markleeville, California, United States
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This is a legally registered, 40 acre gold Mining Claim for sale, the Mokelumne River Gold #10.
This claim has a nice meadow with the river running thru it, allowing for easy river access and adding to the beauty of the claim, where you can also camp there by the river.
This is our only claim in Alpine County.

There are 2 other creek branches on this claim to triple your gold prospecting potential.
Over 1320 feet of main river runs thru the claim with nice river bends that make for good gold catching areas. There are another over 600 feet of 2 river branches.
The river branches add to the amount of river that can be prospected.
There is another cleared camping spot off the claim road near the SE corner of the claim.
Very cool in being right next to the Iceberg Wilderness Area where you are allowed to explore.
Scroll down lower left on this listing to see larger pdf file maps and satellite views including a large cleared camping spot on the claim right by the river.

To purchase our claim, the process would be, I would need your name(s) and address where I would scan and email you a signed contract, and which payment option you choose:

Total price of $3500, that can be paid in one full payment where your ownership is then transferred after receiving payment,
or $3500 paying $500 per month for 7 months.

Owner financing, No credit check. No interest charged.
You can use the claim as yours while making monthly payments.
Ownership transfer after final monthly payment.
A signed contract will precede payment.

40 minutes south of Markleeville in Alpine County,
and about an hour and a half from Lake Tahoe.

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, One booklet titled "How to Find Gold", and Two plastic bottles.

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

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 Colorado Gold Rush.

There are certain rock types that are good indicators for gold prospecting potential, one of them being granite, and the granite boulders in this river are another great sign for gold being present.

This claim has the North Fork of the Mokelumne River running thru the claim.
Down the road is the Carson Iceburg Wildnerness area and also Highland Lakes: see info links to those 2 areas at the bottom of this listing.
For you hikers is the nearby Pacific Crest Trail designated as a National Scenic Trail.

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 Mokelumne River Gold #10 with the beautiful North Fork Mokelumne River running through the claim, and is in Alpine County, California, in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the Stanislaus National Forest. The claim is legally registered with the Bureau of Land Management out of Sacramento and Alpine 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 permanently 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.
You can prospect as little or as much as you like.
Now that we have located the claim, you never have to declare to the BLM any gold or gems you find.

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.

On our visits to the claim, we gathered in and around the river, approx. 1/4 of an ounce of gold, being worth about $300. 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 $1200/ounce. Though we could never guarantee what you will find, we did locate this claim in an historically rich area for gold prospecting.

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 ft. x 1320 ft.

Alpine County California, the least populated of 58 counties in California, is located south of Lake Tahoe and north of Yosemite along the crest of the central Sierra Nevada. The California Alps as Alpine County is fondly referred to, contains 700 square miles of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Alpine County offers all year alpine recreation, two destination ski resorts, and a variety of lodging and dining facilities.
In the nearby town of Markleeville, you will find a general store, gas station, bar & grill, hotels and much more. Don't forget to bring those fly rods or fishing poles as the North Fork Mokelumne River is a well known trophy trout stream with massive rainbows. Drive ninety minutes and you will be in South Lake Tahoe and the casinos. Need an even larger town, drive an hour and you will be in Carson City, Nevada.
The claim is located in the Historic Mining District Monitor-Mogul. This was a very important silver and gold district in the 1850's & 1860's and produced 5 million in gold and silver.
Located between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe in the California Sierra Nevada mountains, Alpine County is comprised of three geographic areas known for gold prospecting --Bear Valley/Lake Alpine; Kirkwood/Hope Valley; and Markleeville/Woodfords.
Also, with more than 60 lakes and streams, Alpine County is a fisherman’s delight. The area’s rivers offer miles of fishing.

This claim has good legal road access, on a more secluded dirt road off the highway, with areas for camping, and gold discovered in surface prospecting.

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 the original claim locators.

Your ownership is legally conveyed via a Quit Claim deed, and legally recorded with the BLM and Alpine 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 or more 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, 2020.
Alpine County taxes $100/year, not due again until Spring 2020.
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 Mokelumne River Gold #10 is a gold placer mining claim, ideally situated in Alpine County, that has a history of rich gold discoveries.

Your 40 acres is the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 29, Township 8 North, Range 20 East, Mount Diablo Base Line and Meridian. known as the Mokelumne River Gold #10 mining claim, being 40 acres (+/-), in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 130 miles northeast of Sacramento.
Claim Number: CAMC321519

Driving Directions: Claim road descends into the valley into areas by the river.
20 miles southwest of Markleeville, taking 89 South to 4 West,
to the claim road, Highland Lakes Road for about 2 miles, which begins as a paved road then to dirt road:
Accessible for any type of vehicle.
Claim road entrance off of HWY 4 at: 38.547603, -119.835233.
Then use claim gps coordinates below, and maps on the listing.

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.

The North Fork Mokelumne River running through the claim is a unique advantage for gold prospecting.
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:

Lake Tahoe is an hour and a half north.
Yosemite National Park is 2 hours south.
Pure running North Fork Mokelumne River on the claim for panning.
Great fishing in this River.
Flatter areas for tent or RV camping.
Nearby National Forest campground.
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.
You can legally camp, with camper and RV, and have use of the whole 40 acres.
Prospect, explore, and camp on the whole 40 acres.

To purchase our claim, the process would be, I would need your name(s) and address where I would scan and email you a signed contract, and which payment option you choose:

Total price of $3500, that can be paid in one full payment where your ownership is then transferred after receiving payment,
or $3500 paying $500 per month for 7 months.

Owner financing, No credit check. No interest charged.
You can use the claim as yours while making monthly payments.
Ownership transfer after final monthly payment.
A signed contract will precede payment.

After receiving your final payment, your ownership of the 40 acre claim will be legally recorded with the local Bureau of Land Management and Alpine 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 for 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:
Mokelumne River Gold #10

NW 38.51698, -119.80569
NE 38.51698, -119.80137
SW 38.51352, -119.80569
SE 38.51352, -119.80137

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How to successfully pan for gold

Use of creek powered sluice box

One of many places to sell your gold findings

Alpine County Information

Nearby Town of Markleeville

Highland Lakes

Lake Tahoe

Gold History of Alpine County

National Scenic Drive: Ebbetts Pass

Yosemite National Park

Stanislaus National Forest

Carson Iceburg Wilderness Area

Nearby Campgrounds

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

PDF Documents / Brochures
Open Document   GPS corners map pdf file
Open Document   Satellite view camping spots pdf file
Open Document   Claim topography location map pdf file
Open Document   Large cleared camping spot satellite view pdf file

Property Location
City/Town: Markleeville
County: Alpine County
Zip/Postal Code: 96120
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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LSL Listing ID: 51230

North Fork Mokelumne River, claim river
North Fork Mokelumne River, claim river

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

Creek powered sluice box
Creek powered sluice box

On the way to claim road
On the way to claim road

Alpine County location map
Alpine County location map

GPS corners map
GPS corners map

Satellite view camping spots
Satellite view camping spots

Claim topography location map
Claim topography location map

Highland Lakes down the claim road
Highland Lakes down the claim road

Campground up the claim road
Campground up the claim road


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