Eldorado Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003192
MRDS ID A015730
Record type Site
Current site name Eldorado Creek
Alternate or previous names Little Eldorado Creek
Related records 10112014

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -161.17329, 65.21939 (WGS84)
Relative position The Eldorado Creek placer mine is on the lower half mile of the creek, just north of the village of Haycock. Coordinates are for the approximate center of the workings. The site is in section 20, T. 3 S., R. 12 W., of the Kateel River Meridian. The site is also referred to as Little Eldorado Creek. Cobb, 1972 (MF-389), location 45.
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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) -161.17329, 65.21939

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Placer claims were staked in 1915 after gold was discovered near the mouth of [Little] Eldorado Creek. The creek follows the probable faulted contact between Paleozoic slate and limestone and Mesozoic andesitic volcanics. (Also see Dime Creek, ARDF number CA002).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Koyuk

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = In 1915, the production from 3 claims was said to be $3,000 (gold at $20.67/ounce). In 1916 the total production from Eldorado and Dime Creeks totaled about $100,000 from 8 claims; total production from 16 claims in 1917 was $150,000 (Harrington, 1919).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Mines in the area were drift or open cuts. Most mining occurred between 1915 and 1919.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015730
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CA003

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1973, Placer deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1374, 213 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Candle, Holy Cross, Norton Bay, Nulato, and Unalakleet quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-866, 102 p.

  • Deposit

    Harrington, G.L., 1919, The gold and platinum placers of the Kiwalik-Koyuk region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 692-G, p. 369-400.

  • Deposit

    Cass, J.T., 1959, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Candle quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-287, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Candle Quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-389, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Harrington, 1919

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Deposit Other Comments = Although placer gold was first discovered on Little Eldorado Creek, the richest placer ground was on Dime Creek. Stream gradient approximately 50 feet per mile.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 12-JAN-00 Williams, Anita U.S. Geological Survey