Western Mining Alliance

Claims for the Taking

More abandoned claims

Want a claim in Siskiyou county?

25 January 2021

Quartz Seam

If you missed the first couple of give aways, here's another. This time we're posting claims which have been abandoned in Siskiyou county over the past 5 years, and no one has refiled on them - yet. Siskiyou county has always been a very popular county for small scale mining and there's a surprising amount of lode claims in this batch. There's a couple hundred claims on the map which are available. If you're not familiar with Siskiyou you may believe the county is primarily recreational, but Siskiyou is far from just a club guy hangout.

There may be some reasons to belong to a prospecting club, but lack of available mining claims isn't one of them. If you're interested in having your own Siskiyou county mining claim, then take a look at the map.

For nearly 10 years we've been mapping out the existing, and historical mining claims throughout the west. What we've learned is there's about 5x as many mining claims abandoned as there are active. In other words if a county has say 100 locations with mining claims, then there will also be about 500 locations which had mining claims at one time, but don't currently have any active claims in the quarter section, or 640 acres.

As with other maps we've posted - make sure you do your research. Quite a bit of area in Siskiyou county is withdrawn from mineral entry such as Wild and Scenic rivers. You can check out areas generally withdrawn on our map page.

The below link will take you our map page. Scroll down a couple of maps and you'll find the Siskiyou map. It's an interactive online map. Locations shown in red are placer and blue is lode.

If you want to see locations in Siskiyou where claims may be available for new location then check out our map page and Available Claims.

Since people are filing, and dropping, mining claims every day make sure you do your research, because we're not going to update this map everytime someone files a claim - not for the price you're paying for the information.

Once on the map you can click on one of the points and bring up information about that claim. One of the more interesting statistics we're posting is the "age" of the claim which is how many years it was held prior to being abandoned. The length of time someone has held a claim is generally a good indicator of its value, or at least its perceived value.

There are thousands of mining claims abandoned throughout California, and the West. One trend with abandoned mining claims we've noticed is a lot of abandoned claims on the old tertiary rivers. People held onto these claims for a long time, in some cases over a hundred years, waiting for the right time to develop the mine. It appears over the past 10 years people have given up on any hopes of ever mining in California and hundreds of these old claims have been abandoned.

The claims shown on the map were available as of the date we wrote this article - the only thing you need to do is file on them. Good luck.