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    Apr 2016
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting


    Does anybody have any knowledge of the Keyesville recreational mining area by Lake Isabella? Wondering how the prospecting is there and other areas within the Kernville area. I know its all claimed up on the river and see that there is a local club, but haven't been able to find much info on the gold itself...I did see some you tube videos mostly in a park near Bakersfield, but can't find much info other than that. Looking to drywash or sluice, or panning if that's all that's allowed. Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks!

  2. #2
    May 2011
    tujunga ca
    xlt mxt gmz and now a gmt whites
    1520 times
    i think gpaa had i drywashing claim there.the public area is about a mile long and easy to get to.i think it depends on deep and fast the river is running.there are some of my old posts on there under kern river.the park at the bottom is hart park,check out there web site.
    good luck that river is a killer be safe.
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  3. #3

    Dec 2014
    Bodfish and Marin county CA
    Garrett , Whites keene puffer drywasher , Keene A51 Sluice
    1092 times
    Drywashing , Sluicing , Panning
    Keyesville is closed with a locked gate and has been for since the Covid -19 lock down. Drove my motorcycle by today 6/13/20
    and the gate was still locked with signs saying closed. Its on BLM managed land -- I think you can walk in just no vehicles.
    GPAA let the gold buddies claim go and it has a new claimant.
    Cheers Mike
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    Stay thirsty my friends

  4. #4

    Apr 2016
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Probably won't be going there until next year, so hoping things are more normal by then. But trying to find prospecting regulations for California is like trying to find aliens in area 51!
    The whole Kern River area looks like a really cool area to explore, for fishing, hiking and of course gold! Easy to find fishing not so much.
    Thanks for replies!
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  5. #5
    May 2019
    The Real Northern Calif.
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    I used to live just upriver from Kernville... I have seen some ok reports of digging and sluiceing where the kern river dumps into Lake Isabella from locals . Its right near the location of Old WhiskeyFlat township exsists . Be prepared for fine gold . That is all that I know . I grew up there . I think its open ground . not claimed .. public ... but do your due diligence. I dont want to get anyone in trouble : ) Brett

    If you want some good hiking and potential prospecting spots .let me know . I used to run those hills ; ) I used to rummage some old miner cabin dump sites there .. mostly in the area around Camp Owns and Yellow Jacket mountain which is near "Riverkern " which is where my mom still lives . . .
    Last edited by Wiggler; Jun 23, 2020 at 08:10 PM.
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  6. #6

    Apr 2016
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    Thanks for the info! Much appreciated!
    We're always mindful of where we are...gotta respect everyone else's territory! We usually stick to club claims, but looks like there's some room for exploration out there. Using my land matters to see what's claimed. But even so, things can change quickly.
    Hope we get to go check it out!



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