Willow Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CI
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-4
Latitude 65.4
Longitude -145.672
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy The location is the junction of Willow Creek and Birch Creek. Willow Creek empties into Birch Creek several kilometers above the mouth of the North Fork. Willow Creek is accessible where it crosses the Steese Highway. The creek has been mined at one unknown location on a very small scale.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Bedrock in the area is the Upper Schist unit described by Wiltse and others (1995) as variably garnetiferous, pelitic quartz-muscovite schist, muscovite-quartz schist, and chlorite-quartz-muscovite schist, along with distinct intervals of garnetiferous, calcareous albite-porphyroblastic muscovite-chlorite schist.
The creek has been mined at one unknown location on a very small scale. The creek valley is narrow, steep-sided, and contains only small quantities of gravel that will yield little gold (Yeend, 1991, p. 31).
Geologic map unit (-145.674455491009, 65.3996169898828)
Mineral deposit model Placer gold deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration The creek has been mined at one location on a very small scale (Yeend, 1991, p. 31).
Indication of production Undetermined
Production notes Mining has been reported (see Workings/exploration); however, amount of production is unknown.



Lampright, R.L., 1996, Gold placer deposits near Fairbanks Alaska--An inventory of the gold placer mines, prospects, and deposits located within the Big Delta Charley River, Circle, Eagle, Fairbanks, and Livengood quadrangles: Nederland, Colorado, Iron Fire Publications, Anchorage, Alaska, 135 p.
Reporters C.J. Freeman, J.R. Guidetti Schaefer, A.S. Clements (Avalon Development Corporation)
Last report date 9/14/1998