Arizona Dredging ?
Posted 16 July 2009 - 12:24 AM
Posted 16 July 2009 - 01:02 PM
Posted 17 July 2009 - 05:05 AM
No matter if it was members or non-members some people have undercut the banks, dredged under big trees until they die or fall and left 10 ft deep holes and changed to course of the creek, its hard for me to beleive that in the 16 years I have been going to the Mayer area it has been so hammered!
mingusmt has it right, get a drywasher, but even then you will find a lot of areas are hammered hard.
Posted 17 July 2009 - 09:29 AM
Sorry to hear about the changes to the law for you Cal dredgers......(even 'sawmill' greg)
All we get are ice-out runoff, and monsoonal flash-floods.
All of which do move the yellow stuff around allright...
Seems like Max (gilaoro), has a much better place for you to haul a dredge to than here.
Better hurry to beat the weather though.
But there is no Az. motherlode that the Colorado, AquaFria, and Gila rivers run thru. (major)
But there are creeks that run thru copper and silver country, that gold may be located on. (minor)
Most won't support a lot of dredging, due to location and water volume.
But hey, I'm a digger.
Wouldn't mind a 'land dredge' though.....oh yea, already got 1....here.
talk to Max.
Posted 17 July 2009 - 11:02 AM
Terrible story in the S.F. Chronicle today.....
see story here.
Hi wyldkatt thanks for the comments on my move... (this is not aimed at you ...lol) I read this link, what a suprise a (Dem) is pushing this bill .. Wake up people, pretty soon it will be unlawful to fish, go boating, hunting, (they'd luv to figure out how to get rid of all the guns anyway) go on state, gov. land, etc., etc. there was a guy that got 6 months in jail then a halfway house and I think 3 yrs proabtion for living out in the forest here.... So its against the law to be homeless ? mmmmmmm the only bad thing the paper reported him as doing was having a trashy camp site..... Maybe he should have recyled more ? Yes it said he had been caught doing the same thing and was already on proabtion for it but what was he suppose to do ? So he should just go hang out on the streets is what I'm guessing. Sleep in gutters and what not.... gezzzzzzz
Posted 17 July 2009 - 12:14 PM
I've dredged in CA and AZ and they are completely different. AZ is not a dredger's paradise. You won't need large dredges w/floats here. You will be lucky to find enough water to use a 2" dredge and as was said, those areas have been hammered. Bring plenty of pump seals with you because most mud puddles will have to be recycled. I have a 4" dredge in my garage I haven't used in about 5yrs. There are only a couple situations where dredging is permitted. 1.Private property (not much hope there). 2. Private claims w/ POO approved (try to jump through those hoops). 3. Club claims (well regulated and hammered). The last I heard - (things may have changed) it was still OK to use a 2" or smaller dredge on BLM land (only) for prospecting on OPEN ground (if you can find water). Welcome to AZ ...now go home.
Posted 17 July 2009 - 01:17 PM
Hi 1dredger, I don't mean this against you personally so please don't misunderstand, but I don't have a lot of sympathy for your predicament. Calif legislators have over-regulated, taxed, and outlawed everything in sight.... and now your only choice is to go to other States. Welcome to AZ ...now go home.
LMFAO! Not that it's solely 1dredger's fault by any means but this is some pretty funny chit and spoken perfectly. Seems like most everything California thinks up trickles down to the rest of the SW and it's all been a big bunch of turds thus far. I am done with CHANGE for this term!
Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:09 PM
Posted 18 July 2009 - 10:37 AM
Posted 18 July 2009 - 12:27 PM
No dis-respect to our guru, but did you bump your head on the Rim?
Did you really just say that you can float a dredge on Black Canyon Creek?
I'm a digger, I don't really give a rats ass, might be able to use the time of year, and depth range though.
News to me though. Just figured our water would run at a way high GPH or whatev.
Would probably be like working the gut of Cali rivers I guess.
'cept a lot muddier.
Posted 18 July 2009 - 01:02 PM
If it was not so chilly I would have gone underwater in the spot below if I had a snorkel, the water was pretty clear for the most part. About froze my little tootsies off
Posted 18 July 2009 - 01:10 PM
Posted 18 July 2009 - 02:40 PM
Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:28 PM
photo if it works:
edit: photos still aren't working for me.
Posted 18 July 2009 - 06:42 PM
You might check with some club people. I'm of the impression that Turkey is pretty much claimed up by the
I'm not 100% sure on that though.
I'd say they were both "seasonal" 4 sure.
be sure to visit again, and maybe post some pics.
Posted 18 July 2009 - 09:12 PM
Give me a call when you get established in Arizona. I've dredged all the major gold bearing creeks in an around the Bradshaw's and several other Mountain Ranges. I've had claims on most of the major drainagest in the Bradshaw's at one time, some I've sold others I still have.
I prefer to use my Keene 4-inch on the creeks, but some places only allow a 3-inch or smaller.
I've done well on most of them. Others are hit and miss.
Talk with you later,
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