Unnamed (along the Kenai River)

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale KN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-1
Latitude 60.461
Longitude -150.145
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy The occurrence is about two miles north of the head of Skilak Lake, on the north bank of the Kenai River in the SE1/4 of section 4, T. 4 N., R. 5 W., of the Seward Meridian. This is Cobb's (1972, MF-377) location 2 and is accurate to within a quarter of a mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The bedrock is the Cretaceous Valdez Group metasediments (MacKevett and Holloway, 1977). Small quantities of gold have been recovered from the upper part of glacial-fluvial gravel benches along the banks of the Kenai River (Martin and others, 1915). Gold from the Kenai River valley is very fine, light, and flaky, and has a value of about $17.58 per ounce (with gold at $20.67 per ounce) (Martin and others, 1915, p. 199).
Geologic map unit (-150.147146400859, 60.4604143990988)
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 was done at turn of century; and the river was dredged between 1903 and 1915.
Indication of production Yes; small

Additional comments

This site is within a wilderness area and is now closed to mineral entry.