Mar 12, 2012, 01:51 AM
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Mar 12, 2012 01:51 AM
Mar 12, 2012, 08:35 AM
Re: placer county california
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Mar 12, 2012, 08:42 AM
Re: placer county california
Just ask and ye shall receive
Here are the rules for Mineral Collecting within Auburn State Recreation Area.
We do allow non-motorized sluicing year around as well as the use of small tools during all times of the year as below, in areas open for recreational mineral collection at Auburn SRA (i.e. beaches or gravel bars which are subject to annual flooding).
Motorized sluicing is allowed during the Department of Fish & Game regular dredging season (from the fourth Saturday in May through October 15), which will start May 28th this year. Even though the issuing of F&G dredging permits has been temporarily halted, we are continuing to use the dredging season dates in the DFG regulations for use of motorized sluicing at ASRA.
Recreational Mineral Collection - AuburnState Recreation Area
Recreational mineral collection, suction dredging (*see note below), and motorized sluicing are allowed at the Auburn State Recreation Area with the following restrictions:
1. No commercial mining or mineral collection is permitted.
2. All California Fish & Game laws and regulations regarding dredging* and sluicing operations must be complied with (CCR 228 & 228.5).
3. Dredging* season is as provided in the F&G regulations (the fourth Saturday in May through October 15.)
4. Motorized sluicing is only allowed during the Department of Fish & Game regular dredging season (from the fourth Saturday in May through October 15).
5. Dredge intake size shall be limited to a maximum of 4”, except a maximum intake size of 8” may be used between the upper boundary of Cherokee Bar and Ruck-a-ChuckyFalls.
6. Dredge operation shall not obstruct any navigable waterways and any cables or ropes used to anchor dredges or other equipment shall be maintained a minimum of seven (7) feet above the water level at all times and shall be clearly flagged.
7. Material for dredges shall only come from within the existing water line. No boulders or other material shall be moved outside the water line (CCR 228). Material for sluice boxes and gold pans shall only come from beaches or gravel bars which are subject to annual flooding (CCR 4611). Gasoline powered equipment in or adjacent to developed campgrounds may only be operated between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
8. No hazardous materials associated with the processing of gold or other minerals, such as cyanide and mercury shall be permitted within the State Recreation Area.
9. Use of Tools for Mineral Collection. The use of non-motorized small tools (for example shovels, pics, and hand trowels) is authorized in areas open for recreational mineral collection at Auburn SRA (i.e. beaches or gravel bars which are subject to annual flooding).
10. The following areas are closed to suction dredging and other forms of motorized mineral collection:
· Upstream on the North Fork of the American River from the boundary of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area to the high bridge on the Foresthill Road and on the Middle Fork of the American River from its confluence with the North Fork upstream to the east end of Louisiana Bar.
· Lake Clementine area from 1/4 mile below the North Fork Dam to 1/2 mile upstream of the Lake Clementine Day Use Area.
· During the whitewater boating season, at the whitewater boating put-ins/take outs at Oxbow, Ruck-a-Chucky, Iowa Hill, and Ponderosa Way.
· The area west of Hwy. 49 in El DoradoCounty is closed to all forms of mineral collection or rockhounding.
11. Dredges, sluice boxes and other private property shall not be left unattended for more than 48 hours. Property left in violation of this section shall be subject to confiscation. .
12. Metal Detectors may be used with the following restrictions:
· Metal detectors may only be used for recreational mineral collection or searching for recently lost items.
· Metal detectors may not be used in area possessing historic or prehistoric resources.
· No historic or prehistoric items discovered by metal detection or otherwise, may be collected or possessed.
· The area west of Hwy. 49 in El Dorado and PlacerCounties is closed to the use of metal detectors.
13. Rockhounding. Defined as being the recreational gathering of stones and minerals found occurring naturally on the undisturbed surface of the land, including panning for gold in the natural water-washed gravel of streams. Commercial Use Prohibited. Rocks or mineral specimens gathered within a unit may not be sold or used commercially for the production of profit.
Maximum Take. One person may gather, in one day in one unit, not more than 15 pounds of mineralogical material or not more than one specimen plus 15 pounds of mineralogical material.
Area Limited to Collection: Beaches or gravel bars which are subject to annual flooding on streams. Indian Artifacts. Rockhounding specifically does not include gathering of Indian arrowheads, Indian stone tools, or other archeological specimens.
Panning. Muddy water from panning must not be visible more than 20 feet from the panning operation.
*Under California Fish & Game Code Section 5653.1, suction dredging has been temporarily halted until an environmental impact report
and related regulations are completed by the California Department of Fish & Game.