cont. from previous page. On down highway 24, around the bend you will come to Gold Camp which has been in existence since the mines started. It has gone into the hands of private industry now, and is a parking place for the rafting companies. The last owners made their living off the gold they gleaned from this placer. Hooked on Gold looked into buying this property twice, but it wasn't in our stars to own it. It could have been a nice place for prospectors to come and have some fun. Alas, t'was not to be.
Below that is private property, marked, and fenced. These people monitor activities, so don't be in there or you may have the sheriff on you.
Past the bridge is a combination of private property and claims until you get to the GPAA claims. Be careful on the GPAA claims as they run in between some private land, and will need to know exactly where you are. There is quite a bit of camping available along this stretch, too. With the new BLM regulations (2011) on River activity, GPAA has elected NOT to file the required pan of operation on this claim, and it will be restricted to panning and sluicing until that gets done. You will be monitored by two river groups, so don't think you can go in there and not get caught. The River Rangers WILL be watching.
Below the GPAA claims are a group of claims intermixed with theElephant Rock public prospecting area. As of this fall (2010) all of the public area is closed to prospecting. The BLM has reorganized and put together a plan for this area that does NOT include prospecting here. There is supposed to be signage put up to guide you as to what is allowed here. Along with this closure, many of the claims in the area have also been disallowed.
If you are coming
toward Salida on Highway 50, you will
pass Point Bar on your right, so watch for the turn as you come around
the bends, about a mile or so beyond the point. As with all of the
We do not usually wander below Point Bar due to the distance from our CORA camp, so we are not familiar with this part of the river. However, I will compile information I have about the river below Point Bar and post what I can find about it.
Clubs in the State that have claims you can work on if you are members are the Gold Prospectors of Colorado out of Colorado Springs, and Gold Prospectors of America Association. GPOC has several claims on the Arkansas River, and outside of Fairplay. GPAA has claims on the Arkansas River, north of Buena Vista, a claim north of Granite and a claim southeast of Leadville.
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