Josephine County, Oregon Mines

Josephine County, Oregon is one of Oregon's top gold producing regions. With over 700 active placer claims, it makes number 3 on our list of top counties to find gold. The county also has over 200 active lode claims.

WMH Mine Discovery Tools for Google Earth are available for Josephine county

Distribution of mines in Josephine County Oregon
The circle markers illustrate the distribution of gold and non-gold mines in Josephine County. Image is from the Mine Discovery Tools for Google Earth Pro. Click here to read more about WMH Mine Discovery Tools

Josephine County has 1,558 mine records in the USGS MRDS database. Gold mines are the most common mine type, with 841 mines being listed with gold as a primary commodity. Chromium mines are also common, with 530 mines in the database with chromium as a primary commodity.

More information on the gold mining districts of Josephine County can be viewed at the Josephine County Oregon Gold Production article.

Distribution of mines in Josephine County Oregon
Mining claim distribution in southern Josephine County. Numbers like L2-P6 indicate 2 lode claims and 6 placer claims in that PLSS section (at the time the reference claim data was created). Image is from the WMH Mine Discovery Tools

About the MRDS Mines Database:

All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

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"Where to Find Gold in Oregon" looks at the density of modern placer mining claims along with historical gold mining locations and mining district descriptions to determine areas of high gold discovery potential in Oregon. Read more at Where to Find Gold in Oregon.