Wilson Creek (including Happy Creek)

Mine, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities PGE
Ore minerals gold; hematite; magnetite; platinum

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale RM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-8
Latitude 61.873
Longitude -161.88
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Location and accuracy Wilson Creek is a west-flowing drainage in the lowlands north of Mount Okumiak. It has been placer mined between the junction of Elephant Creek (RM004) and Disappointment Creek (RM001). The map site is in the NW1/4 sec. 35, T. 21 N., R. 69 W., of the Seward Meridian. It is included in locality 8 of Hoare and Cobb (1972, 1977).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Gold was discovered on Wilson Creek in 1913, and some mining took place on this creek between the mouths of Disappointment Creek (RM001) and Elephant Creek (RM004). The placer deposit on Wilson Creek may be continuous with those on Disappointment and Elephant Creeks. Happy Creek is a north tributary to Wilson Creek that enters between Disappointment and Elephant Creeks. Fine, well-worn gold on bedrock was reported on Happy Creek (Brooks, 1915). It is assumed that Brooks' report refers to lower Happy Creek near the Wilson Creek flood plain. In general, gold was irregularly distributed in deeper gravels of Wilson Creek.
Geologic map unit (-161.882376982304, 61.8722577582828)
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 The workings along Wilson Creek were probably open-cut operations.
Indication of production Yes; small