Marten Creek (Javhola)

Prospect, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale DN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-1
Latitude 63.8214
Longitude -150.436
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Location and accuracy Marten Creek is a southeast-flowing tributary of Crooked Creek. It enters Crooked Creek about 1.2 miles above the confluence of Little Caribou Creek and Crooked Creek. The location of this placer prospect is about 0.35 mile north of the center of section 3, T. 13 S., R. 15 W., Fairbanks Meridian. It marks the approximate position of mining claims (Heiner and Porter, 1972, KX 66-66; Hawley and Associates, 1978).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Marten Creek rises on the east flank of the Kantishna Hills. The uppermost 1 1/2 miles of the creek is in a steep canyon largely cut in Birch Creek Schist. About 1 1/2 miles above its confluence with Crooked Creek, the valley of Marten Creek opens out and the creek flows with reduced gradient into Crooked Creek. The lower part of Marten Creek flows through Keevey Peak Formation (Hawley and Associates, 1978, fig. 4.1-A(2)).
There is little public information about the gold placer deposit in Marten Creek. The deposit was located in the early 1900s, probably shortly after the discovery of gold in Chitsia Creek (DN008).
Geologic map unit (, )
Mineral deposit model Au-PGE placer (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Holocene.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Claims were located in Marten Creek shortly after 1900 (Heiner and Porter, 1972).
Indication of production Undetermined
Production notes
Some gold may have been recovered during prospecting in about

Additional comments

This site is in Denali National Park and Preserve.



Heiner, L.E., and Porter, Eve, 1972, Alaska Mineral Properties, volume 2: University of Alaska, Mineral Industry Research Laboratory Report 24, 669 p.
Reporters C.C. Hawley
Last report date 5/7/2001