Gold mining in California in the county of Humboldt gold is always found in the beach sands in some quantity along the California coast. In historic times the area is known as Gold Bluff, hence the name, was a popular place for miners to try to strike it rich and it was believed by some that thousands of pounds of gold were there waiting right on the beach and washed up onto its shores by the ocean. Although there is some gold within the beach sands here this proved too good to be true for the mining methods of the day, since early miners had little knowledge of how to separate the small particles of gold from the sand effectively. The area today is known as Trinidad State beach and area, but at the time it had caused a mini gold rush around 1852. If your looking for beach gold also check out, Big Lagoon to the north
The popular Klamath River has placer gold found along its entire stretch and is well known for abundant nuggets and flakes. Orleans Bar is an area where many hydraulic operations were performed in the past. The mouth of the Klamath River is a popular place to find good concentrations of beach gold. The Klamath River runs from Klamath County in Oregon into Siskiyou County, California and stretches into both Del Norte and Humboldt Counties.
The Trinity River is the longest tributary of the Klamath River and is a very good gold producing river. Good placer deposits can be located everywhere along the river. Gold producing tributaries of the Trinity River include Coffee Creek, New River, Indian Creek, Willow Creek, Hayford Creek and the East Fork. Environmental groups have been targeting the Trinity River and falsely charging that dredging is having an environmental impact upon water species within the river. It is ironic, that the Trinity River is a very popular gold mining river in California and is also world renown for its salmon and steelhead fishing.
Also, see Trinity County Section.
Lode gold mines are found mostly in the northeastern part of the county, but gold can be generally found through out Humboldt County. Some of the gold mines in the County include the Red Cap Mine located on Red Cap Creek just north of Eureka, California consisted of ten or more quartz veins containing gold. On Willow Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River is where the Bonneville Quartz Mine was located. Near Orleans, is where you will find the Little Klondike Mine, and in nearby Pearch Creek, is where other quartz gold deposits were found. Other Humboldt County mines include Big Bar Annex Placer Mine, Croton Bar, Cavanaugh Mine, China Flat Placer Mine (found in Trinity River Area), Bissel Mine (also known as Clover Flat), Coleman Placer Mine, Delaney Group of Mines, Harveston Bar Mine, and the Prospect Hill Mine.
Fine particle beach gold can be found on the Del Norte County beaches. Del Norte County is home to the famous Redwood forests. There are some undeveloped quartz veins that are privately owned at the Northeastern part of the county in the Klamath Mountains. It is unknown or pure speculation as to how rich these quartz veins might be. The Klamath River stretches from Oregon into Siskiyou County and into Del Norte County is known for some placer gold along the path of the river and in the river itself.
Gold mining in California in the county of Siskiyou there are many, many places that have historically produced gold in Siskiyou County and many gold prospecting locations are available for recreation. Upwards towards two million ounces of gold were taken from Siskiyou County, located at the top of the State of California. Siskiyou County has an amazing number of gold mines; some active and others none active, and still some that have long caved in. The number of gold mines in the county is upwards towards three hundred and seventy. Klamath River The Klamath River is one of the more note-able gold producing rivers in Siskiyou County and flows from Klamath County in Oregon. Placer gold deposits can be found in the entire length of the river. A lot of the area along the river is claimed, but the mining club, the new 49ers offers use of its many claims along the Klamath River with membership. Many of the tributaries that flow into the Klamath offer good California gold. Scott River The Scott River is actually a tributary of the Klamath River and offers good gold all along its path. Near Callahan, there were numerous gold mines and placer operations. Many of the mines near Callahan had small but rich pocket gold discoveries. In the area, the Martin McKeen Mine was a note-able producer, as well as the Porphyry Dike Mine. Both produced tens of thousands of ounces of lode gold. Other mines include the Blue Jay Mine, and the Copper King Mine which was a silver mine with gold as a byproduct.
In the Fort Jones area, you will find Cottonwood Creek and Rancheria Creek. Both were major producers of California gold and produced over four million dollars from 1850 to 1859 with industrial large scale dredges. Many lode mines are in the Fort Jones area, including the Golden Eagle Mine which was a large producer. Salmon River Another major tributary of the Klamath River is the Salmon River. The lower part of the Salmon River marks the border between Siskiyou County and Humbolt County. The Salmon River is also world famous for its steelhead and salmon fishing. There are two forks of the Salmon, the north fork, and the south fork. At one point between the two forks is an area is known as Sawyers Bar, where over a million ounces of gold was reported to have been recovered. Yreka There are many gold mines found around Yreka. Interestingly, it has been reported that gold nuggets have been found within city limits; some weighing as much as four ounces have been found after winter floods of the Shasta River.