Red Mountain

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale HU
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-2
Latitude 66.2861
Longitude -153.8709
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Location and accuracy The exact location of this placer mine is vague. It is probably located on the south bank of the Koyukuk River, opposite the mouth of Mountain Creek. The location is accurate within 2 miles.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Eakin (1914) reported that some placer gold had been recovered on the south bank of the Koyukuk River. Reed (1938) mentions a bar deposit on the lower Koyukuk River, opposite Red Mountain, similar to other bar deposits along the river. Six panned-concentrate samples from a gravel bar in this area all contained very fine- to fine-grained gold. The best sample had 1 fine and 12 very fine flakes of gold; the concentrate was analyzed and contains 3,848 ppb gold (Kurtak and others, 2002).
Geologic map unit (-153.87353954736, 66.2855720795106)
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 Surface mining.
Indication of production Yes
Production notes Minor production.


MRDS Number A015591


Bottge, R.G., 1988, Maps summarizing land availability for mineral exploration and development in western Alaska, 1986: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 14-88, 38 quadrangle overlays.
Heiner, L.E., and Wolff, E.N., eds., 1968, Mineral resources of northern Alaska, Final report, submitted to the NORTH Commission: University of Alaska, Mineral Industry Research Laboratory Report No. 16, 306 p.
Kurtak, J.M., Klieforth, R.F., Clark, J.M., and Maclean, E.A., 2002, Mineral investigations in the Koyukuk mining district, northern Alaska: Final Report: U.S. Bureau of Land Management Technical Report 50, v. 1 and 2, 845 p.
Reporters J.M. Britton (Anchorage)
Last report date 8/1/2002