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The alteration of stream channels by using recreational mining equipment in a stream is regulated in Idaho by the Stream Channel Protection Act. Recreational mining equipment can be any implement that is used to dig, scrape, dredge, or otherwise move stream bed materials from below the mean high watermark in search of minerals. If powered, your mining equipment may not exceed specific size and capability requirements. For example, if you use a suction dredge, it must have a nozzle diameter of 5 inches or less and be rated at no more than 15 horsepower and be capable of processing no greater than two (2) cubic yards of material per hour. Other powered and non-powered mining equipment also have capacity restrictions. The Stream Channel Protection Act also requires that a miner must obtain a permit from the Idaho Department of Water Resources before the miner alters any portion of the stream bed. State regulations also specify the streams where recreational mining is allowed.

All Idaho permits required by the state can be found here:

BLM offices in Idaho are designated as District and Field offices. Below are the listing and links to District and Field offices

Idaho State Office
1387 South Vinnell Way
Boise, ID 83709



Coeur d'Alene District Office
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
Coeur d' Alene Field Office
Cottonwood Field Office

Twin Falls District Office
2878 Addison Avenue East
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Shoshone Field Office

Idaho Falls District Office
1405 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Challis Field Office
Pocatello Field Office
Salmon Field Office
Upper Snake Field Office

United States Forest Service
Region 4: Intermountain Region
Federal Building
324 25th Street
Ogden, UT  84401