Ridge Gold Areas
Butte County produced nearly $200,000,000.00 in gold. There were
some 57,000 miners working claims at one time in 1850. Even today some gold
is being discovered. The Magalia Ridge gold areas and amount produced,
- Big Butte Creek, $15,000,000.00
- Magalia Channel, $6,400,000.00
- Portuguese Point, $2,000,000.00
- Pershbaker Channel, $1,250,000.00
- Indian Springs, $1,000,000.00
- Willard Mine, $1,000,000.00 (54-lb nugget found here)
- Emma Mine, $500,000.00
- Mineral Slide, $500,000.00
- Eureka Mine, $300,000.00
- Index Mine, $300,000.00
- Samoan Channel, $300,000.00
- Bader Channel, $250,000.00
- Kelly Hill, $250,000.00
- Nimshew, $200,000.00
Inskip was an active mining area with the Bluebird, Cain,
Excelsior, Fitzpatrick, Inskip, Lost Treasure, Midas, Rawhide, Walker,
and Wild Yankee mines. The area northeast of Inskip were the
million dollar Georgia Slide mine, Jones mine, Snow mine,
Butte Queen, Carr, Skyhigh and Westcott mines.
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From Volume 5, Issue 2 1996-1997: Places where you can
and cannot use your metal detector.
- National Forest and Federal Lands -- Metal detecting is allowed
only by special permit acquired from the federal government. Each
area has a district office.
- Corps of Engineers, Lakes, Shorelines, and Lands -- Persmission
heen granted only on pre-disturbed sites, such as beaches and attached
swimming areas. New Corps lakes and lands must be okayed by the main
office of the Army Corps of Engineers. Each area has a district office.
- State Parks and Lands -- Some State Parks are open to metal
detecting, but some are not. Always check with the park ranger before
attempting to use your detector.
- Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lands -- Some areas are open for
metal detecting, and some are not. Always check with the district office.
- City or County Park Lands -- Most are open to metal detecting
unless notice is given by a sign or city ordinance. When in doubt,
always check with the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
- Public School Grounds -- Most are open to metal detecting unless
notice is given by a sign, city ordinance, law enforcement official,
or school employee. You should always check with the school office first.
- Privately owned Lands (Private Property) -- Permission required.
And it is always best to have the permission in writing.
- Historically Marked Lands or Sites -- Metal detecting is not
allowed. Don't even think about it.
Permission is always the best way. Learn proper digging techniques
and teach them to others whenever you can. Pick up trash as you search
and cover your holes so that the next detectorist won't find the area
closed to metal detectors.
Gold Seeking Supplies
For gold and treasure hunting information and supplies on the Ridge, check in
with Gold Seekers, 597 Pearson Road, (530) 872-3783, and
Paradise Coin & Gift Shop, 6848 Skyway (Holiday Plaza), (530) 872-3363.
Unique maps covering gold areas of Butte County are available from
Big Ten Gold Maps
Mines and Locations
Mines in Butte County as listed in the U.S. Geological Survey GNIS Database.
This is not, however, all mines in Butte County. For example, GNIS does not list the
Last Chance Mine in Magalia where a 12-hour rescue
took place in 1994.
Banner Mine 393305N 1213102W Oroville
Big Bend Mine 394122N 1212558W Berry Creek
Black Diamond Mine 395345N 1213657W Stirling City
Bloomingdale Mine 393555N 1213141W Oroville
Blue Lead Mine 392425N 1212638W Bangor
Buffalo Mine 393524N 1213143W Oroville
Bumblebee Mine 393351N 1213131W Oroville
Bunker Hill Mine 394143N 1212756W Berry Creek
Carlyle Mine 393239N 1211615W Forbestown
Carlysle Mine 393242N 1211610W Forbestown
Carr Mine 400152N 1212518W Jonesville
Central Pacific Mine 392842N 1211901W Rackerby
Cherokee Placer Mine 393826N 1213246W Cherokee
Cory Mine 395102N 1213508W Paradise East
Denver Mine 393230N 1211755W Forbestown
Denver Mine 393204N 1211834W Forbestown
Dix Mine 395523N 1213700W Stirling City
Emma Mine 395108N 1213717W Paradise East
Evening Star Mine 394131N 1212603W Berry Creek
Genil Mine 394923N 1213411W Paradise East
Hornet Mine 394443N 1212602W Berry Creek
Horseshoe Mine 394450N 1211515W Brush Creek
Indian Spring Mine 395221N 1213732W Paradise West
Madre de Oro Mine 394511N 1213313W Paradise East
Magalia Mine 395038N 1213516W Paradise East
Midas Mine 393230N 1211835W Forbestown
Monte de Oro Mine 393323N 1213132W Oroville
New Era Mine 394158N 1213502W Cherokee
Old Utah Mine 395015N 1213237W Paradise East
Orofino Mine 395214N 1213713W Paradise East
Phoenix Mine 392827N 1212442W Bangor
Rock River Mine 393632N 1213133W Oroville
Royal Drift Mine 395432N 1213725W Stirling City
Silver Crescent Mine 394805N 1212129W Soapstone Hill
Sky High Mine 400050N 1212700W Jonesville
Soapstone Mine 394851N 1212007W Soapstone Hill
South Banner Mine 393245N 1213111W Oroville
Southern Cross Mine 393248N 1211856W Forbestown
Standard Mine 393534N 1213146W Oroville
Steifer Mine 395102N 1213520W Paradise East
Surcease Mine 394123N 1212754W Berry Creek
Treasure Hill Mine 394217N 1212554W Berry Creek
Triumph Mine 393501N 1211020W Clipper Mills