A Central Idaho gold miner has been warned to stay away from the banks of the Salmon River near White Bird.
The Lewiston Tribune reports this morning that the Idaho Department of Lands has yet to issue a violation or fine, but has officially informed Mike Conklin of Grangeville that his operation is too close to the high-water line of the Salmon. In the spring, the DOL said such operations should been 30 feet away from the high-water line.
According to the Tribune, the Salmon River between Riggins and White Bird is a popular place for miners "who use small-scale suction dredges ... that suck sand, gravel and sometimes flakes of gold from the river bed."
Conklin operates his mine on the west bank of the river.