Togiak Bay

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002310
MRDS ID A013218
Record type Site
Current site name Togiak Bay

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -160.80266, 58.86927 (WGS84)
Relative position This occurrence is on the modern beach along the west shore of Togiak Bay, 4 miles north of Tongue Point. It is locality 20 of Cobb (1972 [MF 362]; 1980 [OF 80-909]).
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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 Unconsolidated Deposit > Sand and Gravel
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Holocene
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Till

Nearby scientific data

(1) -160.80266, 58.86927

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Maddren (1915, p. 358) reported that one man was recovering gold with a rocker on the Togiak Bay beach during 1914. Berryhill (1963, sample 86) collected beach samples along the west side of Togiak Bay and reported flour gold in heavy-mineral concentrate from this locality. The beach is a thin veneer of sand below a 40-foot-high bluff of glaciofluvial gravels that are considered to be the source of the gold.
  • Age = Holocene.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Bristol Bay region

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = There are no workings at this locality, although Berryhill (1963) noted several old hand-dug trenches at Tongue Point.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A013218
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF HG020

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Maddren, A.G., 1915, Gold placers of the lower Kuskokwim with a note on copper in the Russian Mountains: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 622-H, p. 292-360.

  • Deposit

    Berryhill, R.V., 1963, Reconnaissance of beach sands, Bristol Bay, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Report of Investigations 6214, 48 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1980, Summaries of data and lists of references to metallic and selected nonmetallic mineral deposits in fifteen quadrangles in southwestern and west-central Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-909, 103 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Hagemeister Island quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-362, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Berryhill, 1963

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au-PGE; beach (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 18-MAR-2001 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology