Minnie Creek

Prospect, Inactive

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 67.42
Longitude -149.89
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Location and accuracy The prospect is approximately 2 miles south of Minnie Creek Lake. The reference point is at the junction of the tributary from Minnie Creek Lake and Minnie Creek (sec. 13, T. 30 N., R. 11 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian). This point is near the upper end of an area of placer activity extending downstream to the confluence of Minnie Creek and Howard Creek. A smaller stretch along Minnie Creek about 2.5 to 3 miles upstream from the reference point (sec. 21, T. 30 N., R. 11 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian) has also been placered. The location is accurate within a 1-mile radius.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Minnie Creek was said to have been heavily prospected in the early 1900s, but water problems made reaching bedrock difficult and the early mining was not very successful (Reed, 1938). A shaft to bedrock in 1904 reportedly produced $500 of heavy 'shot' gold from a short drift before it was flooded. Drift mining was concentrated in a deep channel, although some gold was taken out at higher levels. No prospects were reported on the present channel or on a high channel, although several high benches indicate the presence of a high channel.
Geologic map unit (-149.892741347913, 67.4195789700838)
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 Considerable prospecting and some drifting were reported in the early 1900s, but water on bedrock made prospecting and drift mining difficult.
Indication of production Yes
Production notes $1000 worth of gold reportedly produced by 1909.


MRDS Number 10307330


Heiner, L.E., and Wolff, E.N., eds., 1968, Mineral resources of northern Alaska, Final report, submitted to the NORTH Commission: University of Alaska, Mineral Industry Research Laboratory Report No. 16, 306 p.
U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1973, Alaska 1:250,000-scale quadrangle map overlays showing mineral deposit locations, principal minerals, and number and type of claims: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 20-73, 95 overlays (updated in 1986, 1987).
Reporters J.M. Britton (Anchorage)
Last report date 11/17/1999