gold prospecting with the lr2000 mining claim report

The Gold Prospecting Show #16: Gold Mining With The LR2000 Claim Report

By: J.C. Allen

Pulling the curtain back on a somewhat complex prospecting tool.  The federal government’s Legacy Rehost report…better known to gold prospectors as the “LR2000”.

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Hey, hey fellow prospectors! In this week’s show, we’re going to actually dive deep into how to run an LR2000 Report.

If you’re going, “What the heck is an LR2000 Report?” stick around. I will show you how you can use it to help your gold prospecting here on The Gold Prospecting Show.

But I tell you first off, just want to show you a little clip of the family. This is actually Toby going to town. We were detecting a beach earlier this weekend but guess what. It’s spring time. It’s prospecting time. So let’s get into it, this LR2000 Report. It will help your prospecting too. So here we go.

All right. First thing we need to do, if you guys jump over to, that’s my main site. If you just click Sign Up Now, you get access to these resources that I will be using today.

That way you don’t get lost in the Google search. If you’re trying to track down some things, I’ve got everything available in what I got listed as my launch pad. If you get in over here, once again, you get access to this by just clicking Sign Up Now and just click Control-F to pull up the search box. Whether you’re in Internet Explorer or Firefox, it really doesn’t matter.

Then just type “LR2000” and it will jump right to it. I’ve got things broken down and you can see by government information. This one is under the United States of America. You click on that and it will open the LR2000 Report page and the LR2000 just stands for the BLM’s land and mineral Legacy Rehost 2000 system.

So they chopped Legacy and Rehost and called it just LR2000. So this used to be integrated with another great service called the GeoCommunicator and once again, that’s available through the launch pad and once again just Control-F, GeoCommunicator and it will jump – if I spell it right, it will jump to a link to get you right into the GeoCommunicator and that’s the map that we will be using after we run the LR2000.

Then I will also show you an alternative way to run it but what we’re going to do is we’re going to come into the LR2000 page and we’re going to click Run Reports right here on the left hand side bar and this is a list of frequently run reports and you can run them in all kinds of different ways.

Looking Up Wyoming Gold Claims

The ones we’re going to focus on obviously are the mining claims and we are actually going to run one a little bit different than I typically run it. I’m actually looking at joining the local Gold Prospectors Association. They’ve got some claims and I just wanted to see where their claim is located.

See what I could find. So actually going to click on the claim name because I had stumbled across that. So that pulls up the place where you can now set your criteria for your report and so what we want to do is we want to leave all of these checked.

Now you can do it a little bit more detail if you want to go specifically by the county or the district field office which is the BLM field office and then just click Select Criteria there at the bottom and you need to now come up to the top and set the state and set the claim.

Now the claims have to be an upper case. So that’s one thing that I found when I first granted. I didn’t put it in upper case and it came back with nothing.

So you have to click the green check box as well to get it to drop down into the criteria box here at the bottom. You can also change what it’s actually looking for.

I know this is tough to follow here on the podcast but if you jump into, that will jump you right to where you can actually watch all of this on video as well.

Then we want to set the case disposition. A lot of times when I’m running it, I will actually select all of them. So if you just hold down the control key, that’s the CTRL key, and you can click all of them, but actually this one is an active claim. So that’s the only one I need to click and then I will just leave it sort by county.

Then you just click Run Report. It will confirm the criteria that you want to run the report for. Click OK and it will run through and do its thing and over here, it will show the claim and you click on that. It will show the last time the case was located and then whether the case is closed or not.

As I said, this is an active claim by the local state gold prospecting group and you can also search by claim owner name if you know the owner’s name. Like this one would be the Wyoming Prospectors Association. You can also find that and it just gives the history. Essentially let me blow that up so you can see it a little better.

But it goes down and it was filed in 2003 and they’ve been filing the small minor certification in the evidence of assessment each and every year since then. It shows you the history of it. It shows you where it’s actually located and then what the required annual maintenance fee.

It is a placer claim and gives the county state, the district and then the BLM office I imagine is around here somewhere. But it’s 150 acres and so what we can do now is take the locations which is the meridian, the township, range and section. I’ve got some more resources that show you about the Public Land Survey System which is how all of this is broken down and then the subdivisions which those are the quarter sections in these townships and ranges.

Public Land Survey System (PLSS) Helps Prospectors

As I mentioned the townships and ranges are all – actually those are the sub-subdivisions. The townships and ranges are all six miles by six miles, so six miles wide, six miles tall and I will show that to you here in a second and then the sections are one-mile squares and then the subdivisions are the blocks of those one-mile squares, so that’s the subdivisions. Break it down pretty good for you.

But if you go to the GeoCommunicator, and you can get there by once again using the launch pad, GeoCommunicator, just click on that. It opens it up. You want to click on Interactive Maps and when that pulls up, it actually will give you – actually I’m sorry for clicking around a little bit too quick.

Let’s just do it from scratch. I’ve already created some things but to walk you through it, let me show you how to actually do it. So one thing we want to do, we want to check the PLSS over here in the right hand column. We want to turn that on and that is the Public Land Survey System and then we want to just zoom in to the general area that we’re interested in. In this case it is South Pass Wyoming and so you just got to wait for my slow internet.

I tell you that is one frustrating thing living out here in God’s country. He doesn’t really care about the speed of our internet, which is just fine.

So I’m just zooming in a little bit and if you go back to the report, we’re looking for meridian six which is just one of the main meridians here in Wyoming. You want township 29 and then range 99.

The townships run north-south. So the further south you are, the smaller your township number. The further north you are, the higher the number. Ranges run east-west. So if we come back over to the GeoCommunicator, you can see here’s 29-99. That’s the township that we’re interested in and once again, six-mile blocks.

So the red lines that you can see are the different sections and if I zoom in a little bit further just in on 29-99, then it will show you the sections and they go one through six across the top and then they drop down one road, go back to the east, down one, back to the west, 6 all the way down through 36 sections in a six by six set up.

So we’re looking at sections four and nine. Once again back over to the reports. Section four right here, section nine right here.

So we’re going to come over and one thing I like to do is just zoom in a little bit closer. You can always zoom out again to get some directions or other things and you can do all of this work in Google Earth if you wanted to.

But the GeoCommunicator actually is not a bad way to actually get these areas. So if you know that there’s a claim in the neighborhood, you usually don’t want to prospect over top of it because you are now claim jumping. But like this, I just wanted a general idea of where it’s at and what is upstream of the placer claim.

So what I’m going to do is I’m going to sketch in the subdivision. So it’s the southwest quarter of the number four section and so this is the southwest quarter and once again that’s broken up into 40-acre blocks.

 Prospecting Wyoming for Gold

The problem with the LR2000 is it is not very exact but what I could do is go to the county recorder’s office over in – I think that is Lander for Fremont County and actually get the locations, the specific locations of this claim. But I’m just going to do a general mark-up of where it’s at.

So it’s the southwest section or quarter of section four and then the whole northeast or northern half northeast as well as northwest, half of section number nine. So essentially that’s the general area of where the claim is located for our local prospecting association.

So one thing that you can do is just overlay the topographic and once again the base map over here on the right hand side and if you’re listening to this, once again jump into to actually watch this as a video and you can be able to pick that up.

But you can see it’s in Irish Gulch and Little Beaver Creek. So you actually can move around now and just sort of start taking a look. Well, up the draw from Irish Gulch, there’s the Gold Dollar Mine and I imagine if we ran the LR2000 for the entire township because once again I was just looking for a specific name. We can find out who else has claims and here are some more mines up the hill.

You can turn off the township layer now. It actually starts getting a little cluttered if you are looking at it with too much going on. But there’s Miner’s Delight. There’s a mine and it’s all upstream. You can see the mine is at 8500 feet here and we are down the gulch from there, down to about 7900 feet.

So that might not be a bad spot. So the reason why I started looking at that is the family and I got out to go to the GPAA. That’s the Gold Prospectors Association of America claims down in the South Pass neighborhood and there’s a lot of little workings going on but I didn’t see any much major activity and there was so much overburden because of how far downstream it was.

Actually this area had not been worked with dredges but I imagine if you dig – but there’s four to five feet of overburden, just silt and other things. In fact we saw two active beaver dams. So that entire area had probably been beavered up and the silt is just built up to such an extent that didn’t give us much I guess promise.

We did some sampling, probably 20 different spots, and we would dig down to hard pack and try to pan that out to see if there was any place that really made sense to set up the rocker box and we weren’t able to find much of anything.

But once again, we were down – really just the first scouting trip of the year, had never been down to those claims before. But we enjoyed the day out. The weather was awesome, so got to do a little bit of four by four and getting into the claim because in fact the two-track had been re-graded so we had to get a little exciting to go in. But those are great times with the family.

But I hope this helps you out running the LR2000 and once again there are all kinds of ways that you can run it. Once again over on the LR2000, if you click Run Reports, we’re going to scroll down again to the mining claims and just take a look.

You can run it by state. You can run it by township and range. You can run it by county. You can really specify as much out as you want to and if you need help running them, just let me know. I will leave a quick little hey-run-an-LR2000-report-for-me-JC kind of thing.

So this is JC. Once again The Gold Prospecting Show is brought to you each week by It’s my little hobby site where I’m helping guys out. I’m trying to get a search engine put together to where these resources that I use to find places to prospect are not covered up with crap from the internet.

I mean you do a Google search right now for gold prospecting. You will probably get two billion pages. Well, I’ve spent most of my time here doing my internet research before the streams open up and the snowmelt starts.

Those nine months of winter that we get up here in the higher elevations. It gives me plenty of time to find those gold nuggets. So that when I go out my first day, I can walk straight into an old mine that’s not even listed in the LR2000. That’s what I did my first year prospecting.

So I hope this helps you out guys. Once again this is JC with The Gold Prospecting Show brought to you by

Jump in over there. Get access to these resources so that I can help you out as well and may you always find what you’re looking for. We will talk to you again next week. Take care guys.

Thank you Jason Shaw of for this music used under Creative Commons license.

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