Rainy Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Hg
Ore minerals cinnabar; gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale GO
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-4
Latitude 60
Longitude -160.15
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Location and accuracy This mine is in the headwaters of Rainy Creek, an east tributary to Eek River, that flows northwest into the Bethel A-4 quadrangle. Only a small part of uppermost Rainy Creek is in the Goodnews Bay quadrangle. The map site is at an elevation of about 1,650 feet on Rainy Creek in the northeast corner of the Goodnews Bay D-4 quadrangle. This is locality 19 of Hoare and Cobb (1977) and of Cobb and Condon (1972).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Mining took place on a very small part of Rainy Creek in the Goodnews Bay quadrangle. Most of the placer mining along this creek was upstream to the northeast in the Bethel quadrangle (BH002; Hoare and Cobb, 1977, p. 44). Gold was discovered on the creek in 1911 and a little mining was reported in subsequent years until WW II. Some mining continued into WW II because cinnabar, a strategic mineral, was recovered with gold, especially below Arsenic Creek, an east tributary in the Bethel quadrangle. A total of 2,000 pounds of cinnabar and 6 flasks of mercury were reported to have been produced from the creek (Malone, 1962). The amount of mining that took place in the Goodnews Bay quadrangle is minor. Bedrock in the Rainy Creek drainage is sedimentary rocks of the Cretaceous Kuskokwim Group (Hoare and Coonrad, 1978).
Geologic map unit (-160.152244737252, 59.9992496772373)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Holocene.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Some surface workings may be present.
Indication of production Yes; small

Additional comments

The Rainy Creek mine is within the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge and Togiak Wilderness.