The flowing waters near the Rye Patch Reservoir.


    Rocky Gold Canyon is a 20 acre placer claim in the famous nugget-shooting and placer district of Rye Patch, Nevada. While most recreational placer claims in this district are found on the west side of the Rye Patch Reservoir, this unique 20 acre placer claim is in the actual district boundaries, located on the east side of the reservoir along a tributary creek flowing through a rocky canyon.

    The surrounding areas are largely blanket claimed by major mining companies, fortunately however there is only one other claim along this creek.

    Every handful will yield you black sands, and multiple placer gold pockets are easily found in the low pressure zones under small waterfalls, bends.  The decomposing granite serves as bedrock, often times just a few inches to a foot under the waters surface.

    You'll see from the picture below a decent amount of water flow.  You can expect this claim to stay wet through the middle of summer.  However, since it is not spring fed this is a seasonal creek where you'll have your best mining in Spring - Early Summer months!

    How to Mine It

    The Rocky Gold Placer claim going to be perfect for a small sluice box, gold pans, metal detecting.

    Much of the creek is open to just walk up to, wade in and start panning for gold.  Other parts likely have never been accessed, and are covered with tick brush.

    Personally when we first visited this claim we had a hard time making it through all the brush!  A decent path following alongside the creek.  After about an hour and a half of chainsawing and trimming hedges the path is much more clear, and even opens up into some decent camping spots along the creek.  We've also build a few rock bridges to cross the creek.

    This 20 acre placer mining claim is just a stones throw away from Rye Patch Reservoir, which provides camping accommodations, lake access, fishing, food, water, snacks, gas.

    If your interested in purchasing this claim or would like to obtain samples for yourself please email me here.

    Pictures of the Rocky Gold Canyon Claim:

    Rocky Gold Canyon

    Type of Claim Unpatented Placer Mining Claim.
    Size of Claim 20 ACRES.
    Mining Commodities Gold, silver.
    Accessibility Good dirt roads, 4x4 helpful.
    Closest City Pershing County, Lovelock.
    Camping Yes. 10 Days at a time.
    Ore Reserves Creek Highbanks/Gravels.
    Cell Phone Reception Yes 4G LTE All Networks.
    Relics Yes, Prospect Pits, Small Tailings Piles Near Mouth of Canyon.


    Commodity Importance
    Gold Primary
    Silver Secondary

    Location Map and GPS

    Main Entrance (1)  40.409495°, -118.242072°

    Locating this claim is easy if you input the GPS coordinates to your phone, or GPS device.  Good dirt roads take you to the mouth of the canyon, and a couple hundred foot hike it put you on the western claim boundary, ready to pan for gold!

    Economic information

    Economic information about the deposit and operations

    Operation type Surface-Underground
    Development status Past-Producer
    Commodity type Metallic
    Deposit size Small-Medium

    Mining district

    District name Rye Patch Mining District

    Geologic structures

    Type of structure Megalithic sized decomposing granite (DG), quartz, various veins and intrusions
    Structure description Fractures, sheering, water erosion, placer pockets in pools and low pressure zones along creek.

    Ore body information

    General form Placer
    Width 0.6M-1.0M

      Purchase Details

      A mining claim gives the holder the right to mine on mineral-rich land that belongs to the federal government. Mining claims are a tangible asset and show proof of all interests in minerals in the area. They can be bought, sold or used as collateral, just like any other piece of real estate. A mining claim can be sold, traded, leased, gifted, willed, used as collateral or transferred in part or in its entirety just like any other real property using a quitclaim deed which is a recordable conveyance.

      When you buy this mine all paperwork and filings will be done on your behalf.  All fees are paid up through Sept. 1st 2021.
      See my Mining Claim Resources page for information on maintaining your claim after purchase.

      Secure your spot along the Rye Patch Reservoir today!