Nugget Creek

Mine, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CH
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-6
Latitude 67.4784
Longitude -149.846
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Location and accuracy Nugget Creek flows into the Middle Fork Koyukuk River, about 9 miles northeast of Wiseman. There is little information about mining along Nugget Creek but there was some prospecting and mining below the mouth of Victor Gulch. This site is somewhat arbitrarily located at about the midpoint of the creek between the Middle Fork and the mouth of Victor Gulch, near the southwest corner of section 29, T. 31 N., R. 10 W.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Kurtak and others (2002) found considerable evidence of mining along Nugget Creek below the mouth of Victor Gulch, including a trench, tailings, sluice boxes, suction dredging equipment, and several cabins. There is little information on the mining, however. Reed (1938) reported that fair prospects had been found although little mining had been done. Claims were staked in the early 1980s. Several placer claims were being worked from 1994 to at least the early 2000s, (Kurtak and others, 2002). Kurtak and others (2002) sampled and panned along the creek; several of the pans contained visible or analytical gold. The ground is shallow along most of the creek; less than 3 feet of gravel covers bedrock.
Geologic map unit (-149.848746745989, 67.4779817977048)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Kurtak and others (2002) found considerable evidence of mining along Nugget Creek below the mouth of Victor Gulch, including a trench, tailings, sluice boxes, suction dredging equipment, and several cabins. There is little information on the mining, however. Reed (1938) reported that fair prospects had been found although little mining had been done. Kurtak and others (2002) sampled and panned along the creek. Claims were staked in the early 1980s, and from 1994 to at least the early 2000s, several placer claims were being worked (Kurtak and others, 2002).
Indication of production None
Reserve estimates None.
Production notes Possibly some production but probably small.

Additional comments

MAS No. 0020310148

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