Nugget Creek

Mines, Active

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Ag
Ore minerals gold; silver

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CY
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-3
Latitude 65.181
Longitude -142.329
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Location and accuracy Nugget Creek is a northeast-flowing tributary of Washington Creek and is about 3.5 miles long. The coordinates are for the main area of placer activity, in section 18, T. 4 N., R. 27 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate. This creek lies within Doyon, Limited selected or conveyed land.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The bedrock in the Nugget Creek drainage is Lower Cambrian to Middle Proterozoic Tindir Group rocks of varying sedimentary lithologies and abrupt facies changes (Dover and Miyaoka, 1988). The gold in Nugget Creek occurs as local accumulations of coarse gold on Cambrian argillite bedrock (National Park Service, 1990).
Production for Nugget Creek through 1938 was 1,772 troy ounces of gold and 302 troy ounces of silver. The largest reported nugget was a little larger than 8 ounces (National Park Service, 1990).
Geologic map unit (-142.331365711831, 65.1806859066845)
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 Nugget Creek is a site of historic placer mining, mostly prior to World War II.
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Production for Nugget Creek through 1938 was 1,772 troy ounces of gold and 302 troy ounces of silver. The largest reported nugget was a little larger than 8 ounces (National Park Service, 1990).

Additional comments

This creek lies on Doyon, Limited selected or conveyed land. For more information, contact Doyon, Limited. See also Washington Creek (CY035), Eagle Creek (CY012), Dome Creek (CY009), and Surprise Creek (CY031).

References

References

Reporters C.E. Cameron (ADGGS)
Last report date 4/7/2000