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.  

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Party was held December 16th

Our Christmas party was a lot of fun for the NUPA members that attended.  The Union Grill basement proved to be a good place to hold our dinner.  There were about 43 people in attendance and that meant good conversation and laughter abounded.  The dinner was delicious and I heard no complaints.  The gift exchange was fun as usual and it ended up that the "Angry Mamas" were left unwanted.  Lonnie Fausett stepped up and took an unwanted mouse pad to end the pain and suffering and we all said good night!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


The NUPA TURKEY SHOOT (Family Thanksgiving Dinner) will be held on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Eagles Lodge (Enter through the front door).  For those who have signed up to bring food, please remember to bring it!  For those who did not sign up, please come and bring a side dish or a dessert.

This is a famiy dinner and will be the only NUPA Meeting in November. 

 If you have not signed up for the CHRISTMAS PARTY this will be your last chance to sign up.  We always have a great time this party,  It will be at the Union Grill this year and we will be having Prime Rib and Turkey Breast Buffet Style.  The cost is $10 per person, or $20 per couple and the club will pick up the balance of the cost.  We will be having our WHITE ELEPHANT gift exchange.  Please bring along a wrapped gift worth $20. See Tami Matthews to sign up.

We will miss you if you are not at either of these events.  Come, bring your family to the Turkey Shoot and you and your partner to the Christmas Party.  

See you there!

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 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!