McKinley Creek

Mine, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale TE
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-3
Latitude 65.273
Longitude -166.059
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Location and accuracy McKinley Creek is a 2.5-mile long, south-flowing stream whose mouth is on the northeast shore of Grantley Harbor, 8.5 miles east of Teller. Placer operations have taken place over about 0.4 miles of the main drainage between elevations of 150 and 200 feet, just above the headwater fork (Sainsbury and others, 1969). This is locality 69 of Cobb and Sainsbury (1972). Cobb (1975) summarized relevant references under the name 'McKinley Cr.'.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Bedrock in the McKinley Creek drainage is a chlorite and mica schist assemblage that is locally intruded by small greenstone bodies (Sainsbury, 1972); the age of this assemblage is uncertain but it is probably Paleozoic. Sainsbury and others (1969) show the location of placer workings (about 0.4 miles of the main drainage between elevations of 150 and 200 feet, just above the headwater fork) but otherwise this deposit has not been described.
Geologic map unit (-166.061675966794, 65.2722372887568)
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 Placer operations have taken place over about 0.4 miles of the main drainage between elevations of 150 and 200 feet, just above the headwater fork (Sainsbury and others, 1969). These are assumed to have been dozer and sluice operations.
Indication of production Yes
Reserve estimates Not defined
Production notes Not known

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