Wednesday, July 18, 2018


It is hot out there! Come share some ice cream with your NUPA club members on July 25, 2018.  There will be ice cream and all the fixings and you can eat to your heart's content!  We need to see you there so don't disappoint us!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Sending Best Wishes for a wonderful 2018!  NUPA has elected new officers for the coming year.  They are Doug Smuin, President; Tammy Matthews, Vice President; Secretary, Susan Smuin; Treasurer, Frank Kuba.  We know they will carry on the 20+ year traditions that have propelled the success of the Northern Utah Prospecting Association.  

Our first meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00 the Eagles Lodge located at 975 Wall Avenue Ogden, UT.  We hope to see you there to listen to and thank the prior year's officers and to meet and new officers and hear their plans for the club.

On a sad note, one of our long-time members has passed on.  Franklin (Frank) Hopkins passed away on December 16, 2017.  No services were held.  He will be missed a great deal.  If you get a chance, please drop by or send condolences to his wife Sheila and their family.  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


As of August 14, 2017 the Forest Service has closed the area around at least two of our propecting claims (Kaymack King and Kaymack Queen).  They have done this due to what they are calling the Pioneer Wildfire Recovery Project.  The Forest Service has contracted with logging companies to come into the area and cut down/remove some of the more dangerous burned out trees that have resulted from the fire of 2016.  Their closure memorandum indicates the area and camping will be close UNTIL December 31, 2018.

A miner can access our claims only after getting permission from the Idaho City Ranger Station.  To get an authorization, prior to traveling to the claims, send an email to MELISSA SWAIN telling her your plans.  She wants to know where you are going, when you are going, how long you will be there, how many persons will be with you and any other important details that will help her decide on giving an authorization.  She needs this in advance so she can coordinate with the "Timber Sale Administrator."  He will decide on whether there is a safety concern that will prevent authorization.

Her phone number is 208-392-3719 

Her email address is:

 Below is the NOTICE OF CLOSURE:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


We had a good time at the Kaymack Queen and King Outing last weekend (August 11-13)  It's a long drive up there (about six hours) and so not many club members could make it.  Those who did had a really good time.  The weather wasn't too hot or wet (although a little cold at night).  The greatest thing was all who went got some good gold and that, after all, is what they went up there for. 

 Thanks to Frank and Sheila Hopkins, Hal and Lynda Berry, Tom and Bobbie Garfield, and Lonnie Faucett for making that long journey.  For those who couldn't attend, plan on it for next year.  It is a long way to go, but well worth it.  Even though the landscape is a little sparse due to the fires (wildfires if you're the media), the flowers were out in all their splender and the place was very pleasant to look at.  

Friday, February 19, 2016


Suction Dredge Permits

Page updated March 12, 2018

In January 2018, in one legal challenge to California's ban on suction dredging, the Supreme Court of the United States sided with California.  Their argument was that the Federal Government had largely sided with states when it came to regulating functions thought to be damaging to the environment.  Other legal challenges continue.

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.)