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Butte Creek Forks Recreational Area

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Regulations, only panning is allowed per BLM,

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Easy access or you can reserve a spot downstream. But no other equipment can be used other than a gold pan, not even a sluice box.


Reconnoiter Expedition of Butte Creek Forks

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Visited on 11.4.2018 From Skyway drive in Magalia, shortly past De Sabla, left on Powellton Rd which is not paved. Stay left at fork on Understock Rd which becomes Doe Mill Road. Follow Doe Mill down to the river where there is a bridge. This is Butte Creek Forks Rec area. The road is rugged, rocky and rutted almost need a 4x4. This area does get snow in winter. The Rec area is just a bridge. No facilities and little parking. There is a trail going upriver that you could take a backpack of gear. The water level was very low and according to a local friend the river was much slower than normal. So, this would be a good time of year to go. Did not see any mining activity, but lots of promising geology and river bank. A quad or hiking would be needed to go to campsites from Kolar road which is just a dirt path off Doe Mill after the bridge. If only panning is allowed might try out a banjo pan with a sluice built in. I'll add photos later.


Slim pickings!

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Michael Williams
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Lots of exposed bedrock. Easy to break up however areas close to bridge have been picked clean. A further hike up the creek would be necessary. Water levels were high, fast, and cold.


3 bridges

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Shawn Melton
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I hiked down the trail crossing three bridges looking for my site (17A). I approximated location since could not find site markers. I ended up working some bedrock and found 2 small pieces for about 4 hours of effort. Nice coarse pieces.