If you've ever dreamed of ever having your own mining claim in Idaho, here is your chance. It's stuff like this that my wife is afraid of me finding when I'm left alone on the Internet.

Perhaps it's the 12-year-old child inside of me trying to live out the dreams of being a prospector.

For some reason, I decided to do a search to see what it would take to mine for gold. Perhaps it's the 12-year-old child inside of me trying to live out the dreams of being a prospector. No matter, it led me to do some investigating and I found out more than I expected including a mining claim that is currently available in Idaho.

First things first. If you're interested in staking a mining claim, you need to get briefed on all that is required by the Bureau of Land Management on their website. Here's a big surprise for you. There are fees the government wants for this privilege.

One mining claim I found in Idaho is to the east of us near the Wyoming border. It claims to offer gold, silver and iron in that area. It's 20 acres and sound pretty inviting for the prospective gold searcher. Here's their description.

This gold claim and spans over 1,377 feet of prime working water on Falls River.  Gold can be mined in a variety of ways, including placer mining. This type of gold mining in Ashton ID involves using water or dredging to remove deposits of gold. Likely the most commonly thought of way to extract gold is by panning, though large-scale operations would not use this method. Panning for gold separates the gold from other materials such as gravel or soil. A pan is placed in water and shaken to sort gold, which settles at the bottom of the pan, from the other materials.

The asking price for this plot of land is $2,400. They're practically giving it to you, or at least that's what I'm telling my wife.

There are other mining claims available if you want to check out the full list. Remember, if you strike it rich, remember the little man here who first tipped you off to your millions.