Otter Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002085
MRDS ID A012944
Record type Site
Current site name Otter Creek
Alternate or previous names Florence Gulch
Related records 10160555

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.29715, 64.49317 (WGS84)
Relative position Otter Creek is the first west tributary to Nome River upstream from its mouth on Norton Sound. About 3,500 feet of lower Otter Creek and the lower 1,000 feet of Florence Gulch, an east tributary to Otter Creek, have been placer mined. This placer mining is at elevations of less than 25 feet; its downstream limit is about at the projected Second Beach crossing of the Nome River drainage. The map location is on Otter Creek just below the mouth of Florence Gulch, in the NW1/4 section 33, T. 11 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River Meridian. It is locality 124 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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.29715, 64.49317

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Placer gold mining, including dredging at least in 1913 (Chapin, 1914), took place along lower Otter Creek. Otter Creek reworks coastal plain deposits.
  • 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 = Placer tailings are present along lower Otter Creek.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012944
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM296

Bibliographic references

  • 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.

  • Deposit

    Chapin, Theodore, 1914, Placer mining on Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 592-L, p. 385-395.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cobb, 1978 (OFR 78-93)

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