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Italian Bar is eight miles northeast of Sonora, California, just six miles from the restored 1851 gold rush town of Columbia. The area continues to boom today as an LDMA mining camp. I-Bar was purchased in 1977 and includes 160 acres of patented, deeded gold property on the South Fork of the Stanislaus River in the heart of the historic Mother Lode.

Current facilities include a clubhouse, toilets, hot showers, dump station and water for 150 or more RVs. A full-time caretaker is at the camp. The original Nervie’s store has been restored (this is not a store but a historical building.)

Members camping at Italian Bar also have access to nearly 2 additional miles of the South Fork Stanislaus River. They also have available claims on Rose and Knight Creeks, a short distance away.

Italian Bar is isolated, yet close to towns providing everything from lodging and meals to hardware and supplies.

The Loud Mine is in White County, near the eastern end of Georgia’s famous Dahlonega Gold Belt, which stretches diagonally (southwest to northeast) across the north end of the state.

The camp’s office is staffed with a full-time caretaker. A clubhouse is available for member’s use. Sanitary facilities, showers, and dump station are available. Camping is available for over 250 people. Along with 32 water and electric hook-ups with more under construction.

Approximately one-third mile of Town Creek and one of its smaller tributaries meander through this 39-acre property. Dredges of up to 4” may be used in Town Creek. Highbanking, sluicing and panning also.

Deep layers of alluvial gravels, separated by dense clay layers, overlay soft bedrock (saprolite) throughout this region. Numerous gold-bearing quartz veins run through the Loud Mine property. Coarse gold is mostly found, indicating that it is still relatively close to its source.

In 1863, a gold prospecting party led by mountain man Pauline Weaver pushed deep into Arizona Territory. Trackers from the party were trailing a runaway burro when, on a dry hill top (now known as Rich Hill), some “spud-sized” objects in the dirt attracted their attention by reflecting sunlight. A closer look revealed that the flashy objects were exactly what they had set out to find- huge nuggets of gold! Once word got out, the stampede started!

Stanton, just north of Wickenburg (and at the base of Rich Hill), was rescued from obscurity in 1978 when LDMA purchased 65 acres of deeded, patented land for recreational use. Over the years, several historic buildings, including the Stanton Hotel, have been restored. Recently an additional 60 acres were purchased which includes the rest of the historic ghost town and a major portion of the main wash that drains the famous Rich Hill! Members now enjoy camping and prospecting, telephone, showers, water and electrical hook-ups, along with 70 new full hook-ups. There is a full time care taker on the premises.

Like to get away from it all? Soak up some sun? Enjoy quiet sunsets? Duisenburg, about seven miles north of Randsburg in California’s Mojave Desert, may be just the place you’ve been looking for.

Only 140 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the 160 acres of patented California high desert land was purchased in 1985.

Using a variety of dry-washers and highbanking techniques, LDMA members have recovered a considerable amount of fine gold and uncovered several pockets of nice nuggets.

A full time caretaker looks after the Association’s clubhouse and exhibit hall. Hook-ups, however, are not yet available. Future plans include water, bathrooms and a dump station.

This camp is bisected both by The Burnt River and Deer Creek, and is near the Association’s recent acquisition on Cave Creek. The main stream and its tributaries have been the source of millions of dollars in gold. But like the Mother Lode in California, early miners didn’t get all the gold. Gold is still found along the high benches north of Interstate 84, where earlier mining operations reached bedrock.

Burnt River Camp is about 11 miles west of Durkee (just south of Baker City). The all-weather access road is suitable for all types of vehicles, even trailers. The camp consists of 2 properties totaling about 167 acres of deeded land which includes a clubhouse, sanitary facilities, dump station and plenty of room for self-contained recreational vehicles. There is a full-time caretaker on the property.

Scott River Junction, 32.4 miles west of Interstate 5 on Highway 96 near Yreka. Its 28 deeded, patented acres at the junction of the Klamath and Scott Rivers also hold some of the greatest potential. There are plans underway for a major camp development including tent and RV campsites, restrooms, showers and a dump station. Currently there is fresh drinking water and a full-time caretaker on the property.

Gold is plentiful in this area, which has easy access and is replenished annually by spring runoff from the Scotts Bar Mountains. Tributaries such as Barkhouse Creek, McKinney Creek, Horse Creek and Mill Creek have been producing gold since the mid-1800s.

T he Blue Bucket Camp in Oregon, is just 34 miles south of historical Baker City, OR just off of I-84. You will notice as you enter this camp a farmhouse nestled between the oak tree grove. There is a high gravel bar behind the house on the ridge that will give us years of prospecting. The Burnt River runs through the western edge of our 118 acres. You will see an abundance of wild life including, Chukar, Elk, and Deer. The property has flat areas for camping, limited electrical with water hook ups, and full time caretakers on site. Plans for the future; clubhouse, restroom/shower facilities, and dump station. The neighboring LDMA Burnt River property is just outside of Durkee, OR, 22 miles away.

T he Athens Camp, in Michigan, is a newly acquired property and is located in the southern part of Michigan, south of Battle Creek. The 70-acre property has a pleasant setting with a river running through it, flat land and numerous shade trees. This property can be used for panning, highbanking and metal detecting. Due to the Glacier deposits, you will find fine gold to small nuggets, possible fossils and precious metals. The town of Athens is just a half mile from camp. There you will find a gas station, restaurants and stores. There are no facilities at this camp, but full-time caretakers are presently on site. Plans for the future include water, restrooms, showers, clubhouse, as well as full hook ups. All campers must be self-contained.

Oconee Camp Property is located north of Walhalla, SC. Approximately 120 acres of pristine wooded land with a year round stream. This property is temporarily closed to any activity at this time pending receipt of the proper permits to open it. Nice nuggets and fine gold have been found at this site. There are no facilities at this time. However, a clubhouse, restrooms/showers and water are being planned for the near future. There is a full-time caretaker on site.

Gold reserves at the LDMA Klamath River property in northern California range from “fines” to some fairly good sized nuggets in large placer gravel deposits that are considered “excellent.” Gold also is found in the nearby tributaries that feed into the Klamath including Ragged Gulch, Hamburg Creek and Beaver Creek.

Many members enjoy dredging in the main river, where just upstream from our camp in 1984, a sizeable deep dredging operation extracted more than 1,000 ounces of gold! Bedrock does tend to be rather deep in spots, but the gravel bars contain abundant flake and fine gold even at the surface. This property also contains old tailing piles that can be metal detected.

Klamath River’s deeded, patented 26-acre property offers many excellent tent and RV campsites, but as yet has no caretaker or hook-ups. Other nearby LDMA properties include camps at Scott River and Finley Camp.

This 130 acre private property is located in one of the richest gold bearing areas of the eastern gold belt. Gold ranges from fine to flake and is plentiful. Historical reports give the property a good potential for large nuggets.

There is a full time caretaker on-site. The camp has a restroom, shower, dump station, limited electric hook-ups and a well. Future plans include a clubhouse and more campsites.


THE CAVE CREEK PROPERTY-Property consists of 32 patented acres on Cave Creek just a short distance from the Burnt River Camp. This slender parcel takes in about a mile of Cave Creek providing members with plenty of “Hunting” ground. This property is good for panning, sluicing, highbanking, and dredging. Camping is available at the Burnt River Camp.

THE LEADVILLE PROPERTY is approximately 60 acres in the heart of one of Colorado’s premiere mining areas. Enjoy the picturesque view of the Colorado Rockies.This is a primitive property for dry camping.You can pan, sluice and dredge.No facilities or caretaker.

THE HIGH DIVIDE PROPERTY is a 20 acre patented property located just south of Tonopah, NV in Esmeralda County. This property was patented for lode but Placer Gold has been reported. Drywashing would be the most productive method as water is not present here. This property is remote and only dry camping is allowed. No facilities or caretakers.

THE LOST DUTCHMAN CLAIM consists of 120 acres of placer ground on the slopes of Rich Hill near Stanton, Arizona. This claim is best worked by Metal Detectors or by drywashing methods. Difficult access, but rewards may be worth it because Rich Hill has yielded large nuggets in the past.

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