McLellan Creek

Mines, Active

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CH
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-3
Latitude 67.5532
Longitude -148.0216
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Location and accuracy The most prominent area of placer tailings near McLellan Creek is about 0.4 mile north-northeast of the junction of the Little McLellan and McLellan Creeks. The area is about 0.5 mile east-southeast of the center of section 32, T. 32 N., R. 2 W. The coordinates are at this location. Another area nearby is along Little McLellan Creek about 0.9 mile west of the junction of Little McLellan and McLellan Creeks. The locations are accurate.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Other than word-of-mouth, there is little known about placer mining on Little McLellan Creek (Barker and Bundtzen, 2004). However, on their geologic map, Bundtzen and Laird (2009a, 2009b) show two areas of placer tailings near the junction of Little McLellan and McLellan Creeks. The area is covered by glacial till and outwash of two stages of the Itkillik Glaciation and by Quaternary colluvial talus deposits.
The most obvious area that is probably a placer mine is an area about 0.4 mile north-northeast of the junction of the two creeks (Bundtzen, and Laird, 2009a). Satellite imagery available on the Internet (e.g. at www.mapper.acme.com) shows an area about 500 feet long with little vegetation and signs of relatively recent mining(?) activity. The area is about 100 feet higher than McLellan Creek and if it is a placer mine, it may be a bench deposit. It is in an area of glacial till and outwash of the Itkillik II Glaciation.
Bundtzen and Laird (2009a, 2009b) show another area of placer tailings about 0.4 mile long along McLellan Creek, about 0.9 mile west of the junction of Little McLellan and McLellan Creeks. On the Internet satellite imagery, the area is heavily vegetated and placer mining is not obvious. They suggest that this placer may be derived from glacial outwash immediately below a terminal ice position of of the Itkillik II Glaciation.
In early 2010, these placer tailings were on the land being explored by Goldrich Mining Company (2010) in their study of the lodes and placers of the Chandalar district.
Geologic map unit (-148.024334918117, 67.5528218088204)
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 Areas of tailings indicate placer mining in the past.
Indication of production Yes
Reserve estimates Probably none.
Production notes Some gold was possibly produced but there is no published record of it.

References

References

Barker, J.C., and Bundtzen, T.K., 2004, Gold deposits of the Chandalar Mining District, Northern Alaska: An information review and recommendations: Unpublished report for the Little Squaw Gold Mining Company, 165 p. (in the files of the Goldrich Mining Company).
Buzzell, R.G., 2007, History of the Caro-Coldfoot trail (RST 262) and the Coldfoot-Chandalar trail (RST 9): Alaska Office of History and Archaeology, Report 17, 138 p.
Goldrich Mining Company, 2010, Chandalar, Alaska; Project overview: http://www.goldrichmining.com/pages/prop_chan_over.htm (on the Internet as of February 16, 2010).
Reporters D.J. Grybeck (Contractor, U.S. Geological Survey)
Last report date 4/2/2010