Energy, Mines and Resources

Yukon Mining Recorders

What is Available at this Site?

With the discovery of gold on Rabbit Creek, now known as Bonanza Creek, the Klondike Gold Rush began. It became obvious during the flurry of staking that a mining recorder was required to organize the orderly staking of the gold bearing grounds, settle disputes and regulate the industry. By 1897 the offices of the mining recorders were established but it was not until the Yukon Placer Mining Act of 1906 that both the mining regulatory regime and the authority of the mining recorder was truly defined.

The Yukon is divided into four mining districts with respective Mining Recorders in Watson Lake, Whitehorse, Mayo and Dawson City. These offices provide staking guidelines, information sheets, assistance, and information on ground open for staking. We also issue and maintain mineral titles, review work filed for assessment credit and sell claim maps.

When an individual is entertaining the idea of staking a piece of ground, it is always beneficial to visit the district office first and familiarize oneself with the current legislation and regulations, and talk with the staff at the mining recorder's office. Our aim is to provide you with all the information you require and to assist you in any way we can. Come and enjoy the adventure that mining can offer.

Mineral Claims Data

Comments or Questions?

PDF versions of the claim maps will continue to be available on this site. Digital Mining Claims data for the entire Yukon is available in ESRI Shapefile formats. Digital data is available at Geomatics Yukon .

View the index to mineral claims in pdf format .  This information is provided as a public service. Although we endeavor to ensure that the information is as current and as accurate as possible, errors do occasionally occur. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information. If there are any discrepancies between maps downloaded from the web or acquired from the Mining Recorders office, the office version has authority. Readers should, where possible, verify the information before acting on it.

Mineral Forms and Applications

Mining forms and applications for claims, leases and land use can be downloaded as a PDF and submitted by fax, mail or in person to the district Mining Recorders Office (MRO) with the appropriate fees.

Mining News

Recent news releases issued by Yukon Energy, Mines and Resources are available here.

Mineral Publications

Electronic versions of Yukon Energy, Mines and Resources mining reference materials and geology publications  are available at the MRO or by downloading the linked files. More resources are available through our library .