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We get a lot of requests for gold claim maps in Alaska. There are maps available, but they are not to be trusted except as a general guide to where the activity is. The maps are usually on a scale that does not allow for the exact location of claim lines. Maps of this sort are only a snapshot of the claims the day they are printed. In most areas where there really is some gold, however, the claims tend to last for decades, so where you see claims they probably still are. It's the ''unclaimed'' areas you must beware of. They may have been claimed since the map was put out.

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However, the State of Alaska has finally acted to help correct this situation. The new Mining Claims Information website allows you to get up-to-date maps online showing mining claims and land ownership of any area in Alaska! The site is slow, so be patient, but the wait is worth it. It is recommended that you always use this site before visiting a new area to avoid being on a mining claim without permission. Please note that the claim locations are approximate. If you are working very close to a mapped claim, you still should obtain the original claim information from the State or Federal offices to get an exact location. Also be aware that there is some lag time in new claims being shown on this site.

We have one big piece of advice. If you are going to a place you know gold has been found historically, always assume it is claimed unless you have proven otherwise. Following this simple advice will help insure unpleasant situations do not occur!

bullet Mining Claims Information - This new site maps both State & Federal claims. Great!
bullet Mining Claims For Sale in Alaska - Free mining claim listing service.
bullet Introduction to Mining Claims - An excellent basic lesson in claim staking.
bullet Mining Claims on Federal Land - General information.
bullet Mining Claims and Sites on Federal Lands - Detailed information on Federal mining claims.
bullet Alaska State Mining Statutes - at
bullet Staking Requirements on State Land - Details on claim staking and filing. Adobe pdf format.
bullet State Mining Claim Forms - Various state mining claim forms. Adobe pdf format.
bullet Purchasing a Mining Claim in Alaska - Research information and warnings on buying claims. Adobe pdf format.
bullet Gold From Water (And Other Mining Scams) - Excellent report on mining scams.
bullet Mining Fraud Links - More things to look out for in the mining world.
bullet Alaska State Land Status Plats - Online land plats that show State mining claims. They are accurate up to the date shown in the lower right hand corner, so make sure you look there... some are many years old.
bullet BLM Alaska Land Information System - Access BLM's online information.
bullet BLM Mineral Assessment in Alaska - An on-going study of Alaska's mineral potential, with many maps showing claims and land ownership. The maps have red dots referred to as MILS... these are mineral deposits (not necessarily gold). The more red dots an area has, the more mineralized it is. See next link.
bullet Alaska Mineral Locations Database - Inventory of Alaskan mineral locations.
bullet Alaska Resource Data Files - Descriptions of mines, prospects, and mineral occurrences.


Mining Claims on State Land

State of Alaska
Department of Natural Resources
Public Information Centers

Robert B. Atwood Building
550 W. 7th Ave, Suite 1260
Anchorage, AK 99501-3557
Phone: (907) 269-8400
Fax: (907) 269-8901
TDD (hearing impaired): (907) 269-8411
Business Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm, M-F

(Corner of University & Airport Way)
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709-4699
Phone: (907) 451-2705
Fax: (907) 451-2706
TDD (hearing impaired): (907) 451-2770
Business Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm, M-F

(for Southeast Division of Land Issues)
400 Willoughby Ave., 4th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 465-3400
Fax: (907) 586-2954
Business Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm, M-F

Mining Claims on Federal Land

U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management

Alaska State Office
Federal Building 1st Floor Room 148
Business Hours: 8:00am to 3:45pm, M-F

BLM Northern Field Office
1150 University Ave
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
Telephone: (907) 474-2200

The Official Minerals Policy of the United States of America

United States Code

Sec. 21a. National mining and minerals policy; ''minerals'' defined; execution of policy under other authorized programs

The Congress declares that it is the continuing policy of the Federal Government in the national interest to foster and encourage private enterprise in (1) the development of economically sound and stable domestic mining, minerals, metal and mineral reclamation industries, (2) the orderly and economic development of domestic mineral resources, reserves, and reclamation of metals and minerals to help assure satisfaction of industrial, security and environmental needs, (3) mining, mineral, and metallurgical research, including the use and recycling of scrap to promote the wise and efficient use of our natural and reclaimable mineral resources, and (4) the study and development of methods for the disposal, control, and reclamation of mineral waste products, and the reclamation of mined land, so as to lessen any adverse impact of mineral extraction and processing upon the physical environment that may result from mining or mineral activities. For the purpose of this section ''minerals'' shall include all minerals and mineral fuels including oil, gas, coal, oil shale and uranium. It shall be the responsibility of the Secretary of the Interior to carry out this policy when exercising his authority under such programs as may be authorized by law other than this section.

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