Here is some info from the DNR website:
State land begins at the mean high tide level. Since the average tide at Nome is 1.04 feet, this means that in order to be on state land the miner must effectively be in the water. All of the uplands at Nome are privately owned. Therefore, other recreational mining apparatus such as rocker box or high banker or sluice box or gold pan must be used in the surf below mean high tide, but not higher up on the beach. Miners using these other recreational mining apparatus in the surf zone are not required to file a permit application and receive a permit.
Because the uplands are all privately owned, any miner mining or camping on the beach or tundra above the beach will be in trespass unless they have permission from the land owner. Trespass is not allowed, and is grounds for revocation of the miners' permit.
In regards to Nome Alaska Gold Corporation and Mr. Gill's post, here is a link to an interview conducted by Nome's radio station KNOM - http://www.knom.org/wp/bl...ewell-to-west-beach/