Monday, May 15, 2017


Clair Mackay and Dave Hibshman will be our speakers.  They are claim owners
at Osceola, NV.  They would like club members to check out their claim
and find out where the gold is!  Come and listen May 24, 2017.

Osceola Ditch
In 1872, prospectors James Matteson and Frank Heck discovered gold
three miles west of what is now Great Basin National Park.
Over the next six years, some 100 claims were staked in the quartz veins
of the new Osceola mining district. The production of lodes, however,
was not enough to operate the mines at a profit.
In 1877, placer gold was discovered by John Versan. The placers were
located between Wet Gulch and Dry Gulch. 300 claims were placed and
mining began to flourish. By 1882, the town of Osceola grew to a population
of more than 1500 people. The community included several stores, a butcher
and blacksmith shop, a Chinese restaurant, and two stages running regularly
to Ward.
Uncovered here was almost two million dollars worth of gold, including a nugget
weighing 24 pounds, which would be worth almost a quarter of a million dollars at
today's prices. Though unimaginable wealth lay buried in the gravel of
Dry Gulch, too little water made large scale operations impossible.
1884 to 1885, the Osceola Gravel Mining Company constructed a 16 mile ditch,
known as the West Ditch, to carry the water from six creeks on the west side
of the Snake Range to their placer operations. It did not meet the company's needs,
however, and on September 12, 1885, the White Pine News reported that
the hydraulic mines were "running very slow at present on account of the
scarcity of water, only averaging about 2 hours a day".
The Osceola Gravel Mining Company began surveys in 1885 for a second
waterway on the east side to be called the East Ditch. In September 1889,
construction began on this 18 mile ditch to collect water from Lehman Creek
and its tributaries on the east side of the range. Water rights were purchased
from Absalom Lehman, who had recently discovered Lehman Cave. Several
hundred men, using hand tools, wagons, horses, and mules, worked for ten
months to complete the ditch. Local sawmills produced lumber for 2.2 miles
of wooden flumes and the support beams for the 633 foot long tunnel, which
was blasted through a ridge near Strawberry Creek.
The Osceola Ditch was completed on July 4, 1890 at a cost of $108,223,
an expensive gamble in a business where profitable yields were not
guaranteed. In 1891, both ditches were being used in operations, and
by June 17, the mine was running 24 hours a day. The early success of the
ditches did not last long, however, and gold production did not meet expectations.
The gross yield of the Osceola Mining Company in 1890 was only $16,191,
and in 1891 only $20,223. Beginning in 1892, placer mining was further
hampered by water shortages caused by mild, dry winters. Water theft,
leaky wood flumes, and the legal battles over water rights reduced the
water supply even more. Over the next few years, mining activity
fluctuated and finally, by 1905, mining activity at Osceola came to a
virtual standstill.
Mining continued sporadically at Osceola over the next several decades.
Production was renewed from 1936 to 1942, and again following World War II.
Even today, numerous claims remain at the site, many of them re-working the tailings
left by prior mining efforts. All told, Osceola has produced three and a half
million dollars worth of gold.

Friday, February 3, 2017


We had a treat for our March meeting.  Alan Chenworth, our in-resident author came by to show the club his newly updated book, "A guide to Gold Panning in Utah, second edition."  Alan has done a lot of research all around Utah and has found more places to find gold.  His book is twice the size of the first edition and contains some pretty interesting places to check out. Many folks bought books from him while he was at our meeting.  

Our next meeting will be held on April 26th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge.  Please come and join us and help us make our club great!  See you there!

Friday, February 19, 2016


Suction Dredge Permits

Page updated 1/15/2016
Current Status
The use of vacuum or suction dredge equipment, otherwise known as suction dredging, is currently prohibited and unlawful throughout California.
Under new state law effective January 1, 2016, the use of vacuum or suction dredge equipment is defined to mean the use of a mechanized or motorized system for removing or assisting in the removal of, or the processing of, material from the bed, bank, or channel of a river, stream, or lake in order to recover minerals.
Under existing state law the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is also currently prohibited from issuing any permits for suction dredging in California under the Fish and Game Code.
With state law in effect, the use of vacuum or suction dredge equipment, otherwise known as suction dredging, is unlawful in California rivers, streams, and lakes, and any such activity is subject to enforcement and prosecution as a criminal misdemeanor.
(See generally Fish & G. Code, §§ 5653, 5653.1, 12000, subd. (a).)

New State Law Governing Suction Dredging in California Effective January 1, 2016

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Monday, July 14, 2014


Check out some new photos of the Kirtley Creek Outing at Salmon, ID. 

Our club has a new Facebook page! Click on the link below to take a look.  It's newly constructed so be patient.

All you need to do is sign up for a Facebook account and you can search for our club's page. (Just look for the magnifying glass to begin your search.) 

Click Here to sign up

If you already have a Facebook account, just hit the "LIKE" button and you will become a "FRIEND."  If you are a friend already, then invite others you know to become a friend as well!

When this page gets to be more popular, we can post prospecting stories, information about prospecting/mining subjects, information on club outings, and anything else that is club related. 

Please become a Friend now! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014




The General Membership Meeting will be held at the Eagles Lodge (975 Wall Avenue, Ogden, UT) about a block north of the 12th street on Wall Avenue across from the Home Depot and the old Fred Meyer buildings. The Eagles Lodge is a large space that will provide a great home for our club.
Parking and entrance to meeting space is in the back of the building.  Club members are asked to enter the parking lot from the south side of the building and proceed to the rear where you can park and enter there.  Door is on the west (back) side. 

(Director's Meetings will be held in the same place at 6:00 p.m. just prior to the General Membership Meeting.)

Monday, May 13, 2013


Club logo clothing for sale at club meetings.  We have hooded sweatshirts, t-shirts
hats and denim shirts. We also have some basic prospecting tools and practice gold sand. Wide range of sizes from Large to 4x.and lots of colors. 

Price list can be found in the NUPA NUGGETS NEWSLETTER.  Pay with Cash or Check.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


 Please be aware that there are changes to the NUPA Website. 
  • The By-Laws have been updated on January 23rd.  They are available for download here.
  • There is a new NUPA Claim Worksheet that the club directors would like the members to use and then submit each time they visit one of the club's gold claims. 
  • There is now a new (shorter) club application form available for download here.   
  • We have a new look to our NUPA Newsletter.
All of these items are available on the right-hand column of this website.  Check them out!