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40 ac California Gold/Gem MiningClaimCreek

Sold: 40 Acres Priced At $3,500 (USD)
Lassen County, Susanville, California, United States
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This is a legally registered, 40 acre gold Mining Claim for sale, the Willard Creek Gold #1, in Lassen County just 10 miles to the town of Susanville, and is only a half hour west to the beautiful Lake Almanor.
Susanville has a casino/hotel/brewery to add to your experience.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is an hour west.
See info on the Lake, Park, and Casino using the links provided end of this listing.

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.

Copy and paste link into your browser to see Gold Prices over $1800 per ounce and climbing:

This claim has over 1320 feet of creek running thru the whole claim, and has large bends in the creek, acting as excellent gold catching areas.
The creek also branches on the claim to increase your gold prospecting potential.
Camp on your claim or use the free, down the road National Forest campground.
There is a large, flatter, cleared area for camping right by the creek on a side road off of the main claim road.
Free, Roxie Peconom Campground is nearby with water and vault toilets.
There is also another side road to get to the other side of the creek.
Located in a beautiful mixed conifer forest, including Douglas-fir, Cedar, and a variety of Pine trees.

Scroll down lower left on this listing to see larger pdf file gps corners map and satellite views showing the creek thru the whole claim.

This area is also known as a gem area for smoky quartz, agate, and jasper, all used for jewelry,
Copy and paste link below into your browser to see this geological area as one for valuable minerals besides gold:

An experienced prospector who located claims also on Willard Creek led us to checking out this area, and the gold he discovered led to the gold we discovered: good gold, beautiful area, excellent claims.
The ancient Buckeye Hill Eocene Channel crosses the West Fork of Willard Creek directly west and above this claim.
This ancient river channel in our claim area has a history of gold discoveries and is well known by area prospectors.
High concentrations of gold were deposited in this channel over the course of time.

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 a one time full payment where your ownership is then transferred after receiving payment,
A signed contract will precede payment.

Lassen County is an outdoor paradise, where the beautiful Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains meet the desert of the Great Basin. Because of the unique terrain, there’s something here for everyone.
The climate is nearly ideal: generally dry, warm days and cool nights, with an average summer high of 89 degrees and daytime temperatures in the 40’s during the winter months.

The Diamond Mountain Mine is located south of Susanville not far from our claims, being another good sign for the location of our claims.
Lassen County is a very friendly mining county and much easier here to set up small and large prospecting operations.
Official records indicate gold was first discovered at Hayden Hill in 1870. Mining began around the mid-1800’s just like the rest of California. 116,000 ounces of gold found were recorded from 1870 onward.
With the Gold Rush of 1849, emigrants followed established trail routes through the area. It was not until 1854 that the area began to take shape, as a trading post was established on the west end of Honey Lake Valley. A gold rush just south of the trading post two years later caused the permanent settlement of Honey Lake Valley and Lassen County.

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

Camp on your claim with tent or RV, and a claim owner does not need permission nor a permit to camp and prospect.

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 Willard Creek Gold #1, with the beautiful Willard Creek running through the claim, and is in Lassen County, California, in the beautiful Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains, and the Lassen National Forest. The claim is legally registered with the Bureau of Land Management out of Sacramento and Lassen 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 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 and climbing. 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 x 1320 ft.

Lassen County is an outdoor paradise, where the beautiful Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains meet the desert of the Great Basin. Because of the unique terrain, there’s something here for everyone. The climate is nearly ideal: generally dry, warm days and cool nights, with an average summer high of 89 degrees and daytime temperatures in the 40’s during the winter months.
The beauty of Lassen County is admired throughout the state and beyond, and the beauty and adventure of the Willard Creek area is second to none. Lassen County is home to countless picturesque trails awaiting avid hikers, runners and bikers with a thirst for adventure. With forests, rivers and lakes sprinkled throughout the county, this part of Northeastern California offers a natural backdrop for exploration.
The outdoor-minded individual will never feel bored with the hundreds of trails offered for all types of recreation. Hiking trails are in abundance throughout the Lassen National Forest.

Lassen County is an outdoor person’s playground, where the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, the picturesque Cascade Range, the Modoc Plateau and the Great Basin desert converge to create a unspoiled wonderland.
Because of the unique terrain, there’s something here for everyone. You can water ski or fish for the world- renowned trout at Eagle Lake surrounded by mountains and forests of standing pine, or you can ride horses and off-road vehicles on beautiful expanses of high desert.
You can camp in high lake areas with streams or hike to the top of neighboring namesake Lassen Peak, a volcano that still blows steam from its vents. You might even see some real cowboys riding the range.

This claim has direct, good legal road access, on a good, dirt forest service road for any type of vehicle, with areas for camping, and gold discovered in surface prospecting. Willard 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 Lassen 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, or can be paid online. By doing this, you keep the claim forever. Two names or more 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 coming year, not due again until September 1, 2021. I have paid the Lassen County taxes = $60/year, not due again until Summer 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 Willard Creek Gold #1, is a gold placer mining claim, ideally situated in Lassen County, that has a history of rich gold discoveries.

Your 40 acres is the SE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 13, Township 29 North, Range 10 East, Mount Diablo Base Line and Meridian, known as the Willard Creek Gold #1 mining claim, being 40 acres.
Claim number: CAMC321525

Easiest route is from Susanville, about 10 miles west to claim.
Take CA-36 west out of Susanville, turning left/south on Willard Creek Road in 8.7 miles,
which is also National Forest road 29N03.
CA-36 is also known as the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway.
GPS at this south turn point is 40.379291, -120.806163
Then using gps coordinates to the claim listed below,

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.

Willard 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 Willard Creek running thru the claim for panning.
Fishing in Willard Creek.
Flatter areas for tent or RV camping.
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 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 mailing address where I would scan and email you a signed contract.

Total price of $3500, paid in a one time 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 Lassen 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: 
Willard Creek Gold #1

NW 40.37728, -120.80987
NE  40.37728, -120.80527
SW  40.37381, -120.80987
SE   40.37381, -120.80527

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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

City of Susanville

About Susanville Information

Lake Almanor

Honey Lake

Antelope Lake

Discover Lassen County, pdf file link
Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel
Free Roxie Peconom Campround on the Claim Road

Free Roxie Peconom Campground, Lassen National Forest

Diamond Mountain Casino and Hotel

Things to Do in Lassen County

Lassen National Park

Lassen National Forest

Discover Lassen County

Lassen County Information

Nearby Eagle Lake, Youtube

Nearby Honey Lake Wildlife Refuge

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

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Open Document   Satellite view GPS corners pdf file
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Property Location
City/Town: Susanville
County: Lassen County
Zip/Postal Code: 96127
State / Province:   California
Country: United States
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Owner / Agent / Sellers Information

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

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Willard Creek, clam creek
Willard Creek, clam creek

Claim creek
Claim creek

Claim creek
Claim creek

Claim creek
Claim creek

Claim location post with Location Notice
Claim location post with Location Notice

Claim road
Claim road

Claim road
Claim road

GPS corners map
GPS corners map

Satellite view GPS corners
Satellite view GPS corners

Satellite view camping spots
Satellite view camping spots

Claim topography location map
Claim topography location map

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

Creek powered sluice box
Creek powered sluice box

Lassen County location map
Lassen County location map

Lake Almanor
Lake Almanor

Eagle Lake
Eagle Lake

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Claim area views

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Claim area views

Claim Fall colors
Claim Fall colors

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Claim area Fall colors

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

Nearby free campground
Nearby free campground

Campground entrance
Campground entrance

Free panning kit
Free panning kit

Nearby town of Susanville
Nearby town of Susanville

Smoky quartz on the claim
Smoky quartz on the claim

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