Grouse Gulch

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002079
MRDS ID A012936
Record type Site
Current site name Grouse Gulch
Related records 10282294

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.33688, 64.58178 (WGS84)
Relative position This alluvial gold placer mine is on Grouse Gulch, a small north tributary to Dexter Creek (NM303). The map location is at an elevation of about 400 feet in the NE1/4 section 31, T. 10 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River Meridian. Grouse Gulch is included in locality 118 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 119
USGS model code 39a
BC deposit profile C01. C02
Deposit model name Placer Au-PGE
Mark3 model number 54

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Schist
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Sand and Gravel

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.33688, 64.58178

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Grouse Gulch heads on the divide between Dexter Creek (NM303) and upper Anvil Creek (NM236). It is one of several small headwater tributaries of Dexter Creek that head in areas where high-level auriferous gravels have been mined (for example, NM246). Placer gold mining in these tributaries took place before 1908, and some of the deposits were very rich; a 3-ounce nugget was recovered from Grouse Gulch (Brooks and others, 1901; Collier and others, 1908). Much of the placer gold in the headwaters of Dexter Creek, including the gold in Grouse Gulch, is probably derived from reworking the high-level gravels.
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Small-scale placer mining, probably open-cut and hydraulic operations, took place in Grouse Gulch.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012936
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM283

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., Richardson, G. B., and Collier, A. J., 1901, Reconnaissance in the Cape Nome and Norton Bay regions, Alaska, in 1900: U.S. Geological Survey Special Publication, p. 1-180.

  • Deposit

    Collier, A. J., Hess, F.L., Smith, P.S., and Brooks, A.H., 1908, The gold placers of parts of Seward Peninsula, Alaska, including the Nome, Council, Kougarok, Port Clarence, and Goodhope precincts: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 328, 343 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-463, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File report 78-93, 213 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Collier and others, 1908

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Alluvial placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-JUL-00 Hawley, C.C. Hawley Resource Group
Reporter 10-JUL-00 Travis L. Hudson Hawley Resource Group