Montana Gold Mine Placer Creek Mining Claim Panning Sluice Highbank Snipe Detect
storeslider.location Elliston, Montana 597** US
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Seller scyros35 (15172)
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Type Of Claim Placer
Featured Refinements Mining Claim
Property Address Elliston, MT 59728
Seller State Of Residence California
Zip/Postal Code 59728
Type Unpatented Mining Claims
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ONTARIO GOLD MINING CLAIM
UNPATENTED PLACER MINING CLAIM ON FEDERAL LAND ON ONTARIO CREEK, MONTANA
The Ontario Gold claim is a 20-acre placer mining claim at around 5,800 feet in altitude on the historic Ontario Creek in the Helena National Forest about 25 miles south of Elliston, MT. With year round decent flow and a great 2-wheel drive dirt road that follows the creek (Ontario Creek Road - AKA US Forest Service Road #123), you will find that this is a perfect place to mine by yourself in seclusion - or bring the whole family and have a blast in the great outdoors while hopefully making some money while you’re at it!
QUICK FACTS ON THE MINE:
COMMODITIES: Primary Gold
Note that the road will likely be closed in winter time due to snow at this altitude since it is probably not plowed or maintained that well, but during the spring, summer and fall, even when it rains, it is a pretty well kept road and you will not need 4-wheel drive.
The creek ranges in width from 6 to 25 feet across, and I would estimate its depth ranges from 2-feet to 6-feet deep. The road runs from about 10 feet to 20 feet away from the creek and it ranges from about 15 feet to maybe a max of 75 feet above the creek itself. The area is fairly well forested, but access to the creek is fairly easy at a number of spots by foot from the road.
If you have a small to medium-sized camper (or a small/medium-sized trailer or RV), there is a spot close to the creek off of the road on your claim to camp. There is also plenty of other good spots right next to the creek to tent camp all along the creek/claim - but you will have to walk in to most of them. You will feel as though you are far from the world, while only being only about a half hour out of the small town of Elliston - and only about a 50 minute drive from the big city of Helena MT - the state capital, where you will find all kinds of shopping, lodging and food when you’re ready for a break.
_COME TO HIKE, CAMP, RIDE AND SHOOT - OR COME TO PULL SOME SHINY ROCK$ OUT OF THE GROUND;-)_
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All photos of the creek in this listing were taking on this specific claim. You will find that the creek has numerous gravel bars, some exposed bedrock and good-sized pools of year-round water. In addition to panning for gold, this is a great claim to bring a metal detector and hunt for nuggets - especially around the base of and under large rocks!
Due to the annual healthy spring melt and some recent flooding in the area contributing yearly to the amount of new material that is redeposited into this portion of the creek, there is an excellent chance of finding new placer gold here every single year.
Mining claims are a tangible asset just like any other Real property (real estate) and show a lifetime proof of all interests in minerals in the area specified by the above claim. Once you own this claim and the associated mineral rights, you will own them for life as long as you keep up with the annual fees. This claim can be bought, sold, leased or used as collateral, just like any other piece of real estate.
A mining claim can be willed or passed down to future generations as part of a trust or your estate, or you can trade it, lease it out for a period or time (or indefinitely), gift it to a family member or friend and you can also transfer or sell just an interest in it in part or in its entirety just like any other real property using a quitclaim deed which is a recordable conveyance. In other words, you could sell a 25% or a 50% share in it if you wanted in order to bring on a partner in the future - or you could sell the entire claim in whole.
This auction is for full/all interest in this 20 acre placer mining claim (unless the acreage indicated in the above mine description is different). This claim covers the entire site, (unless the claim description above describes different measurements), and includes full rights to all minerals, gems and just about whatever else you may find of value on the property (except oil and gas, which are handled separately). The winner of this auction will receive a notarized quitclaim deed to the full claim and all associated documentation showing full ownership of the claim. We pay ALL fees associated with transferring this claim into your name - legal fees, title transfer fees, document fees, notary costs, recording fees and even shipping fees, so all you will pay is the final price of the auction, not a penny more.
In order to hold on to your claim for life, you will need to pay an annual maintenance fee to the Government (BLM, not us) every year. Currently the maintenance fee is $165 per year per claim that you own, and it is due on September 1st of every year.
NOTE that if you own fewer than 10 claims nationwide, we can assist you in filing the paperwork to waive the maintenance fee every year. That means you will only pay $15 per year for your maintenance fee instead of $165. We guarantee that all past fees have been paid in full and there are no outstanding debts or amounts owed on the claim prior to the transfer of ownership into your name.
The federal government retains ownership of the land - so this means that you will not have any annual real estate taxes due on your mining claim, and you will not have to maintain liability insurance in case someone gets injured on your claim due to no fault of your own.
HOW DO TRANSFERS OF OWNERSHIP IN MINING CLAIMS WORK IF I DECIDE TO SELL MY CLAIM IN THE FUTURE?
First, we handle all the paperwork and costs associated with transferring this claim into your name should you win this auction. But if you decide to sell this claim at some point in the future, interest in a properly recorded mining claim or site may be transferred (i.e sold) in part or its entirety. A quitclaim deed or recordable conveyance document is required and if you do sell your claim someday and the transfer documents should be filed within 60 days after the transfer.
We can and will help you with the paperwork for no cost should you need a hand selling your claim in the future if you pay all of the County, State and Federal fees (usually less than $40 to $60).
But again - with regard to transferring this claim initially into your name, we take care of all the paperwork at our expense. You do not have to worry about anything. we handle the BLM transfer documentation and the county recording.
CAN YOU BUILD / CAMP ON YOUR CLAIM?
Without an approved plan of operations, you have the same rights and restrictions as the public. If the area is open to camping to the public, then it is permissible. However, you need to check with the BLM Field Office or the local District Ranger for areas open to camping. Under Federal law in order to occupy the public lands under the mining laws for more than 14 calendar days in any 90 day period, a claimant must be involved in certain activities that (a) are reasonably incident; (b) constitute substantially regular work; (c) are reasonably calculated to lead to the extraction and beneficiation of minerals; (d) involve observable on-the-ground activity that can be verified; and (e) use appropriate equipment that is presently operable, subject to the need for reasonable assembly, maintenance, repair or fabrication of replacement parts. All five of these requirements must be met for occupancy to be permissible.
Although it is possible to build a permanent structure on a mining claim, it is extremely expensive and you will have to jump through way too many hoops to consider it easy to do. It would have to be in support of a commercial, year-round mining operation for starters, and you would need to post a large reclamation bond to insure that if you ever abandoned your claim, the bond would pay for the removal of the structure and the reclamation or the area. So in short, it is technically possible to build on your mining claim, but just be aware that it is very difficult and expensive to do - however, camping is almost always involved unless your claim is in a wilderness area, which is not very common at all.
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In addition to handling all of the paperwork to transfer this claim into your name, as well as paying all of the fees so you do not have any costs other than the final price of the auction when the bidding closes, we also pay all of the costs associated with mailing the paperwork to you as well as to the County and Federal Government for recording and sending you back certified copies.
We will ship you a folder with all paperwork, claim coordinates, maps and information on your claim, including a CD-Rom with all of the pictures of your claim upon your payment in full clearing. We ship everything to you the same business day (if payment is received by 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time) - and we will always provide you with the tracking information so you are always informed.
You initial claim packet that we mail has an unrecorded deed so that you can show ownership immediately after payment and be able to visit your claim. A second original deed goes to the County for recording the same day, and a third original deed goes to the BLM for certification as well. Both of those originals will be returned to you so you will wind up with several original deeds - but the County and BLM deeds can take 3 to 6 weeks to be returned to you, which is why we send you the initial original on day one.
Your payment of this eBay auction item in full gives you 100% ownership of this entire claim, with no other fees and/or other costs for the transfer of ownership required. This is NOT an auction for the down payment, this is NOT a partnership arrangement where someone else will own part of the claim with you, and there are NO other fees or costs for the transfer of this claim in your name.
eBay does not allow checkout on the eBay website for any Real Estate transactions - simply because it is not like selling a widget - the transfer of real estate is complicated and requires notary work, licensed professionals and recording. Note that this is eBay’s rules and not ours and it is the same for any mining claim seller on eBay
We also are not able to accept PayPal payments for mining claims, as claims are real estate and PayPal does not allow payments to be made on any real estate items, including single family homes, condos, mining claim or land purchases. We DO accept just about every other kind of payment method you can think of: Personal Checks, Business Checks, Cashier's Checks, Money Orders, Bank Wires, ACH payments, Direct Bank Deposit at any Bank of America Branch, Gold or Silver Bullion (at the day’s SPOT prices), etc. After the auction close, we will send you a secure link to handle the payment safely online if you prefer, and we can also take care of payment by mail or telephone, as we are a traditional Brick and Mortar business - so whichever method you prefer is perfectly fine with us.
We provide financing plans with no interest or fees. Financing terms are minimum of $500 down with the balance will due within 90-days via three equal monthly payments of the remaining balance after the down payment has been paid.
With all financing plans, we do not transfer the final deed into your name until the claim has been paid in full. In the event of a default on a payment plan, we do not refund your down payment - however, we do allow you to put that down payment towards any other purchase as a store credit in full. If you are financing a climate and there is less than 90 days until September 1st (i.e. from June 1st through September 1st), when the annual fee for mining claims is due to the Federal Government, we will add the $165 maintenance fee to your down payment and pay it to the BLM on your behalf thereby increasing your down payment to $665 instead of $500 - however, the $165 portion of the down payment does not go towards your principle balance since it is used to pay the annual fees to the government, therefore the actual down payment credit will still be $500. Approval for financing is automatic as long as you have a valid eBay account in good standing.
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