Grouse Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-5
Latitude 65.52
Longitude -164.22
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Location and accuracy Grouse Creek is a small, north tributary to Noxapaga River. The mouth of Grouse Creek is 9,000 feet east of the mouth of Winona Creek on Boulder Creek. This location is approximate but Grouse Creek is only about 1.5 miles long. This is locality 49 of Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Gold was discovered soon after the turn of the century on tributaries to the Noxapaga River including Grouse Creek (Collier and others, 1908), and mining took place here after WW II (Hopkins, 1963). Frozen, stratified peat and silt (muck), 20 to 30 feet-thick, commonly overlies a few feet of auriferous gravel on schist bedrock (Hopkins, 1963, Figure 8, p. 94). Muck locally contains bones of extinct Pleistocene mammals. Although tundra cover of bedrock is extensive in the area (Till and others, 1986), Hopkins (1963) indicates that quartz-calcite veins are common in schist bedrock of the gold- producing tributaries to the Noxapaga River.
Geologic map unit (-164.22267424398, 65.5192772363868)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary; an early radiocarbon age on shallow parts of the frozen and stratified peat and silt of the nearby Black Gulch (BN018) was 8,800 +/- 200 years (Hopkins, 1963, Figure 8).

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Surface, open-cut placer workings are present somewhere on this drainage.
Indication of production Yes; small


MRDS Number A012691
Reporters Travis L. Hudson (Applied Geology)
Last report date 3/15/1999