No permit is required for low-impact gold panning (except at the Forks of Butte Creek Recreation Area which does require a permit). Please respect the rights of existing mining claims. There are many areas within the BLM Redding Resource Area that are poular for panning including areas along Clear Creek and the Trinity River.
Dredging Permits in the Forks of Butte Area
There is currently a moratorium on issuing dredging permits in the state of California, however sites along Butte Creek can still be reserved for low-impact mining activities such as gold panning or sluicing. See the Forks of Butte Creek Recreaiton Area page for more information.
Other sites about mining on Federal land
BLM California State Office Minerals Site has information on filing a mining claim and other mining related information.
Mining for locatable minerals (gold, silver, etc.) is regulated on BLM managed public lands by the 43 CFR 3809 regulations.
Any occupancy (camping, residency, placement of any permanent or temporary structures) in excess of 14 days per calendar year is regulated on BLM managed public lands by the 43 CFR 3715 regulations.
Bureau of Land Management
Redding Field Office
355 Hemsted Drive
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: (530) 224-2100
Fax: (530) 224-2172
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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