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LAWRENCE, SD

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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

 

BLM Montana/Dakotas

Montana State Office

5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101
406-896-5000
email BLM_MT_SO_Information@blm.gov

Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Office
111 Garryowen Road
Miles City, MT 59301
406-233-2800
email BLM_MT_Eastern_Montana_Dakotas_DO@blm.gov

North Central District Office
920 Northeast Main
Lewistown, MT 59457
406-538-1900
email BLM_MT_Central_DO@blm.gov

Western Montana District Office
106 North Parkmont
Butte, MT 59701
406-533-7600
email BLM_MT_Butte_FO@blm.gov

United States Forest Service office Montana & Dakotas

Region 1: Northern Region
Federal Building
200 East Broadway P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807-7669
406-329-3511