Sierra Rivers

Jim Crow Creek

20 acre placer claim near Downieville


Upper end of claim, nice bedrock


Upper middle, deep pools


Lower end, gravel and boulders


Deep pools and bedrock

Claim Info:

If you're looking for a claim which is fairly remote, and private then you may want to consider this claim on Jim Crow Creek. This claim is 2 miles up the canyon. The first mile is still a really nice, level, trail. The second mile of the trail needs some clearing work. Before the communists took over California, dredgers maintained a really nice trail all the way to this claim. There's still a couple of old dredge camps up the canyon. With the ban on dredging the trail has fallen into disuse and it will take a days work with a chainsaw to clear the trail again.

This canyon has evidence everywhere of heavy workings in the 1800s. Jim Crow Canyon is known for big gold, as is most of the canyons near Downieville. This canyon also has several old lode mines and several veins are present on the Remnant claim. Mainly you want this claim for the underwater potential to find some really nice gold. When I sampled it I pulled 2dwt out of a single crack - all nuggets. A few weeks ago when I was in there I picked up about 1/2 dwt in an afternoon. There's several nice camping spots on the claim, and an old dredge camp where Carney Creek comes in. The old Jim Crow mine at the top of the ravine produced some huge nuggets and the benches along this creek have produced both lode and placer gold.

The claim has about 300 yards of creek showing really nice bedrock and quartz veins. It would be a great place to do some high bench exploration, when you see the canyon you'll see the old timers worked the heck out of the high benches. This is a nice claim, on a good creek, way up a canyon with foot access only, but there's great potential here. Upstream from the claim are some historic lode mines. You'll need to work the river bed, underwater, to recover gold.

  • Offered by: Private individual
  • Type Claim: Placer
  • CAMC:CAMC 322959
  • County: Sierra
  • Price:New Price! $1,950
  • Access:Foot trail
  • Camping:Camping within 1/2 mile
  • Gold Potential:Good
  • Equipment:Dredge, highbanking, sniping, metal detector, possible lode vein
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