Necessary Permits for Kenai Alaska?
Last Post 22 Oct 2016 11:26 PM by Sam Britch. 3 Replies.
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CHRIS WATSONUser is Offline
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10 Mar 2016 09:38 AM

    Well, I'm down to my final two months of planning my Alaska trip.  Need some help from some of you experienced or local members of the Kenai Alaska area.  I've got the general permits for: (1)Resurrection Creek, (2)Six-Mile Creek, (3)Peterson Creek areas.  Also have submitted and approved, the 'Other Streams in the Kenai' permit for the GPAA claims there. These were all from the Alaska Fish & Game.  Also have the ADEC general permit for small mining.  I plan on doing some small dredging and highbanking in these areas.  What else do I need permit-wise? 

    Also, any other private claims (contacts) that I might be able to get on for a week or two?  I already know about the Crow Creek Mine.  Or local clubs that allow new members or visitors?

    Thanks for any info.

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    03 Aug 2016 11:29 AM

    Hi!

    I'm new to the dredging realm of mining and was wondering if you had any knowledge to share from the Kenai area?  Are you still in Alaska?  And how was your experience?  I would love to chat about anything you learned, as I'm looking at heading down to that area from Wasilla to do some dredging as well! :-)

    Thanks in advance and I hope you had some fun!

    Tanya

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    18 Oct 2016 10:52 AM

    Tanya, Sorry for such a late reply. We didn't get home until mid-Sep and kind of put prospecting out of mind for awhile.  I checked out a couple of the GPAA claims and didn't find much.  I didn't realize that the water level in the creeks was so high during the summer months, makes dredging really hard until the fall when the melt/runoff has decreased.  I'll give you a couple of suggestions if you want to find some gold in Alaska.  Best method is just to ask around in forums and find someone who already has a claim with necessary permits, who will let you spend some time on their claim. There are so many friendly claim owners who don't mind letting someone prospect for a few days. Just treat them & the claim with respect.  I met several new 'friends' on my trip this summer.  Secondly, We spent about 8 days up at Chicken, Alaska camping in our trailer. Chicken Gold camp has a 'panning' area right in camp, where they bring paydirt from their nearby mining operation.  It costs $10 for 4 continuous hrs of panning.  I was surprised at how rich this dirt was.  I spent several afternoons doing this and recovered a good bit of gold.  I also went out to their creek claim and tried highbanking and panning at a higher cost, but unless you hit a good streak, you best bet for the money is the panning back in camp.  I was getting 10 to 12 colors in every pan. The method is to pan as fast as you can and snuffer up the gold. You can clean it all up after your 4 hours is up.  You can go through a pan start to finish in less than 5 minutes. I'll be happy to answer any other questions you have. 

    Chris

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    22 Oct 2016 11:26 PM
    Any luck at any of the claims with the dredge? I was down on the Kenai last weekend and didn't get much color. What was your best claim?
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