Flint Creek

Prospect, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Bi; Sn; Th; U
Ore minerals cassiterite; gold; uranothorite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale RB
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-5
Latitude 64.38866
Longitude -155.35258
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Location and accuracy Flint Creek is location 17 of Cobb. Flint Creek is a northeast-flowing tributary of the Sulatna River. The better prospects are found on the bench along the west side of the creek, between Gold Run and Eldorado Creek. The coordinates given mark the approximate locations of the better prospects found in section 5, T. 13 S., R. 18 E. of the Kateel River merdian. This placer area corresponds to location 17 of Cobb (1972 [MF405]) although Cobb locates the Flint Creek prospect approximately 1 mile further north, just downstream of Gold Run Creek. As a result, accuracy is within 1 1/2 miles.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Flint Creek drains the contact zone of a granitic body with phyllite and quartzite (Mertie, 1936). Prospectors first identified gold on Flint Creek in 1911 (Maddren, 1912). There is no data concerning any actual mining at Flint Creek, and the area probably was not mined. Later years of prospecting resulted in poorer results than in 1911 (Mertie, 1936; White and Stevens, 1953). Cassiterite was found in heavy mineral concentrates. Concentrates of gravels derived from the granite also contained a uranium-thorium mineral (possibly uranothorite), sphene, allanite, ilmenite, magnetite, and zircon (White and Stevens, 1953). Bismuth was reported in a spectrographic analysis of uranothorite, but no bismuth mineral was found (White and Stevens, 1953).
Geologic map unit (-155.355000869436, 64.3880589737385)
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 Flint Creek was prospected between 1911 and at least 1936. Chapman and others (1963) speculated that the results were probably never good enough to warrant mining.
Indication of production Undetermined

Additional comments

Tributaries of Flint Creek along which there are prospects or mines include Granite Creek (RB025), Eldorado Creek (RB026), Root Creek (RB032), Gold Run (RB033), Glen Gulch (RB030), Lucky Creek (RB034), and Birch Creek (RB035). Additionally, tributaries Straight Creek (RB029), Crooked Creek (RB031), and Lucky Creek (RB027) tributary of Birch Creek contain gold.


MRDS Number A015539


Reporters C.E. Cameron (Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys)
Last report date 3/22/2000