MONTANA and North & South DAKOTA
Casual mining and panning is allowed on "open" federal land. Many of the good gold-bearing placer streams are patented, and as such, are private land not open to public use. Of the public lands that are open to mining, some 17,000 unpatented mining claims are in existence. The mining claim provides the right of the claimant to search for and develop minerals.
To encourage better mining methods, the Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology has recently published Special Publication 106, which describes Montana Placer Mining's Best Management Practices. You may also contact the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology for information on Montana's state regulations and laws. Their office may also be able to provide you with more specific information on gold panning and recreational use. To contact the Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology, write Montana Tech, Butte, Montana 59701, or phone 406 496-4167.
MINERAL, ROCK COLLECTING AND METAL DETECTING ON THE NATIONAL FORESTS
This is an extensive document please follow the link below for information concerning USFS policies and regulations: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5261774.pdf
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101
Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Office
111 Garryowen Road
Miles City, MT 59301
North Central District Office
920 Northeast Main
Lewistown, MT 59457
Western Montana District Office
106 North Parkmont
Butte, MT 59701
United States Forest Service office Montana & Dakotas
Region 1: Northern Region
200 East Broadway P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807-7669
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Regarding Bessie Henry, Kamsie and Kamsie #2:
Ten Mile Creek is a water shed for Helena and regulated by the Department of Natural Resources. Following their guidelines, you can pan or use a sluice box. you must dig in the water only, you may not dig on the dry bank and bring dirt into the water. Also, you are not permitted to suck from of discharge to the stream. After Aug.15th you may apply for a permit to use a suction dredge.