The WPMA has access to 1665 acres of claims available for members to use. The claims are located in the states of Washington, Oregon, and California. You keep all the gold you find on the claims. Click here to see our latest list of available claims.
The WPMA have a few mining claims that are behind locked gates. If
you, as a member desire to obtain a key for access to these claims,
you will first need to contact the key custodian identified in the Claims
Guide well in advance to see if a key is available. If a key is available
for the time period which you desire, you have the option of making
arrangements to pick up the key in person or having it mailed to you
at an additional cost of $5. This is in addition to the $50 key deposit.
If you are going to obtain a key, please
download this Key Checkout form. You will need to read and complete
the form, then bring it or mail it with the $50 deposit and $5 shipping
fee. If mailing, please use 2 checks/Money Orders to differentiate between
the deposit which will be held until the key is returned and the shipping
fee which will be deposited immediately.
WPMA members are allowed to take guests with them to the claims. This allowance is provided to give our members the opportunity to share with their family and friends, who are not members, the experience of prospecting and mining , and to show off our mining claims. As such, there is the stipulation that any guest may only visit twice, then if desiring to continue to come upon the claims, must become a member of the WPMA. In order to protect the association against any liability that should arise while on our claims, You, the member, is responsible for filling out a "Visitor Release of Liability" and getting it submitted to the Association. In advance of your visit, the member and his guest(s) read, sign and date the release, make a copy, mail the original to the association and carry the copy with you while you are on the claim.
THE NEW VEHICLE PASS REQUIREMENTS
FOR AREAS WE FREQUENT IN WASHINGTON STATE: "DISCOVER
FOR WASHINGTON STATE PARKS AND SOME DNR LAND;
PARKS & FEDERAL RECREATION LANDS" (NOW SOME AREAS OF HARTS
PASS ARE FEE AREAS.)
(OUR CLAIMS DO NOT REQUIRE THE PASS, BUT THE SUMMIT CAMP GROUND DOES);
if you have a
Golden Age pass etc. get a free window hanger from the Forest Service.
If you have mined or worked on any of the available claims please print out the form below, fill it in and mail it to our claims offier.
Mining Claim Work Form
The forms are formatted in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and requires the
Adobe Acrobat Reader to
view and print. You can download the free reader directly from Adobe.
Acrobat for Macintosh
Acrobat for Unix
Acrobat for Windows