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Cabins on Placer Claims

I am not an expert on mining law - I am just trying to help. Use the information in this website at your own risk. See the Notice at the bottom of this page.
I believe this used to be more vague, but now...
Do not build or use a cabin on a placer claim.

If you build a cabin on a claim, or use an existing cabin on a claim, sooner of later an inspector will come around and tell you that you have 30 days to remove the cabin at your own expense. If you don't follow this order, you may be charged for the cost of removing the cabin and you may lose your claim.

A cabin is considered to be "disturbance" that must be reclaimed. If you use an existing cabin, it becomes your responsibility to remove it as soon as an inspector realizes what is going on. If you don't touch an old cabin on your claim, I believe that it is existing disturbance that is not your responsibility.

It is important to note that a placer claim or lease can only be used for the purpose of placer exploration and mining. This is not to say that you can't do a little fishing after working on your claim that day, but a placer claim cannot be used as a recreation site. If you are out on your placer claim, you should be doing something related to placer mining.

So, No Cabins! Use trailers.


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