Drayham Creek

Prospects, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CY
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-5
Latitude 65.08
Longitude -143.01
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Location and accuracy Drayham Creek is a northwest-flowing tributary of the Charley River. Drayham Creek is approximately 6 miles long. The exact location of placer mining on the creek is not known. Geographic coordinates have been arbitrarily placed at the approximate midpoint of the creek, in section 23, T. 3 N., R. 23 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate to within 3 miles.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Some placer mining reportedly has occurred along Drayham Creek, but the exact location, production totals, and dates of mining activity are unknown (Mertie, 1942; Lyle, 1973).
The bedrock at the head of Drayham Creek is composed of Paleozoic argillite that is in fault contact with Cretaceous to Tertiary granitic rocks. The stream follows the fault for 2 miles downstream, and then the stream flows north while the fault continues more east-west (Dover and Miyaoka, 1988).
Geologic map unit (-143.012360702629, 65.0796629224058)
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 Some placer mining and exploration has taken place along the creek.
Indication of production Yes; small

Additional comments

This site is within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.