Lowe River

Mine, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale VA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-5
Latitude 61.105
Longitude -145.7508
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Location and accuracy This mine is near the mouth of Bench Creek on the south side of the Lowe River; it is about 4,200 feet south of the Richardson Highway on lower Bench Creek near the east boundary of section 9, T. 9 S., R. 3 W., of the Copper River Meridian. The mine workings are probably located to within one-quarter mile. This is locality 74 of Winkler and others (1981 [OFR 80-892-B]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Old placer gold workings are reported near the mouth of Bench Creek (Winkler and others, 1981 [OFR 80-892-B]). Bedrock in this area is greenschist-facies metaflysch of the Late Cretaceous Valdez Group (Winkler and others, 1981 [OFR 80-892-A]). Gold-bearing quartz veins are widespread through the Valdez Group in the southern Valdez quadrangle (Cobb and Matson, 1972).
Geologic map unit (-145.752824883322, 61.104490831692)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Holocene.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Small-scale placer gold mining occurred at this locality (Winkler and others, 1981 [OFR 80-892-B]).
Indication of production Yes; small