Windy Creek

Mine, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Hg; Sn
Ore minerals cinnabar; gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale TE
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-2
Latitude 65.603
Longitude -165.522
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy This Windy Creek is a tributary to Budd Creek in the eastern Teller C-2 and western Teller C-1 quadrangles. Budd Creek is an east tributary to the American River with headwaters along the continental divide just west of Kougarok Mountain. This is locality 75 of Cobb and Sainsbury (1972). Cobb (1975) summarized references to this locality under the name 'Windy Cr., trib. American R.'.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The lower mile of Windy Creek, including the area of its mouth on Budd Creek, has been placer mined for gold. A small dredge operated here early in the century. Cinnabar is reported to be in heavy mineral concentrates from the placer operations but the reported presence of cassiterite has not been confirmed. The area of operations is 11 miles southwest, and across the continental divide from, the Kougarok tin prospect. Bedrock in the Windy Creek drainage is a metapelitic/metacarbonate assemblage of unknown but probable Paleozoic age.
Another small area of historical placer operations appears to be present on upper Windy Creek in the Teller C-1 quadrangle. This location, about 0.4 miles of the creek starting 1 mile upstream from its confluence with Trilby Creek (a south tributary to Windy Creek), appears to have been the site of dozer and sluice operations at some unknown time.
Geologic map unit (-165.52470262176, 65.6022630916947)
Mineral deposit model Alluvial Au placer (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Dredge mining took place on the lower mile of the creek and including the area of confluence with Budd Creek. Another local area of apparent dozer and sluice operations is 3.3 miles upstream from the confluence with Budd Creek (1 mile upstream of the mouth of Trilby Creek, a south tributary to Windy Creek).
Indication of production Yes
Reserve estimates Not defined
Production notes Not recorded