Lucky Creek (tributary of Flint Creek)

Mine, Active?

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale RB
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-5
Latitude 64.4291
Longitude -155.36258
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Location and accuracy Lucky Creek, an east-flowing tributary of Flint Creek, is not named on the Ruby (B-5) Quadrangle map (1952, minor revisions in 1973). The creek is less than 3 miles long. The coordinates mark a point within location 32 of Eberlein and others (1977) that is the midpoint of the creek in section 24, T. 12 S., R. 17 E. of the Kateel River meridian. The location is accurate within 6 miles.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The bedrock underlying Lucky Creek is covered by surficial deposits, but is probably schist or slate (Eberlein and others, 1977). There was a small amount of gold production from Lucky Creek in 1912-13. The ground was 16 to 30 feet deep over 2 miles of creek bed. The gold is derived from the area drained by Glen Gulch, Bear Pup, and Crooked Creek (Eakin, 1914 [B592]).
Mining and exploration activities have been intermittent between 1913 and the present. During the mid-1980s, Sphinx America mining company conducted churn drilling along Lucky Creek. Activity along the creek may be ongoing (Jim Johnson, oral communication, 2000), although who is doing the work is unknown to the author.
Geologic map unit (-155.365005668451, 64.4284985741992)
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 Two small operations produced gold during 1912 and 1913 (Eakin, 1914 [B592]). Mining and exploration activities have been intermittent between 1913 and the present. During the mid-1980s, Sphinx America mining company conducted churn drilling along Lucky Creek. Activity along the creek may be ongoing (Jim Johnson, oral communication, 2000), although who is unknown to the author.
Indication of production Yes; small

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