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Stream Channel Protection Program

Stream Channel Alteration Permit Forms

Small Scale Mining Permit Forms

NOTICE: By submitting a signed authorization permit, the applicant certifies that they have read the documents below and that they agree to comply with all requirements.

Small Scale Mining Authorization (Letter Permit)

South Fork Clearwater River (SFCR) Special Supplement

SFCR Special Supplement applications must be complete and received by IDWR by close of business June 1, 2024, to be considered. A complete application must include ALL supporting documentation, maps, fees, and applicant’s signature.

For mining activity on the South Fork Clearwater River, use:

McCoy Creek Drainage (South Fork Snake River Basin)

Joint Applications for dredging activity within the McCoy Creek drainage for the 2024 season will only be accepted by IDWR from April 1, 2024 – July 1, 2024. Applications received after July 1, 2024, will not be considered. Refer to page 20 of the 2024 IDWR Recreational Mining Program Instructions for further information about McCoy Creek drainage.

For mining activity on McCoy Creek, use:

Mores Creek, Grimes Creek, Elk Creek, and Tributaries (within the Boise River Basin)

For mining activity on Mores Creek, Grimes Creek, Elk Creek, and tributaries, use:

Other Applications and Information

IMPORTANT! If you are moving water out of the stream/river, such as when using high banker equipment, you might need to include the Application for Temporary Approval of Water Use form and fee along with the Small Scale Mining Authorization form.
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