Bell Creek

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307255
Record type Site
Current site name Bell Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -159.5028, 60.77933 (WGS84)
Relative position Bell Creek is an east tributary to the Salmon River. The mouth of Bell Creek is about halfway between the mouths of Fisher Creek (BH009) and Cripple Creek (BH008). For this record, the map site of this approximately located placer prospect is at the north boundary of section 20, T 6 N, R 58 W, of the Seward Meridian.
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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) -159.5028, 60.77933

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Placer gold claims were staked along Bell Creek soon after discovery of gold on Marvel Creek (BH 010) in 1911, but mining has apparently not taken place (Maddren, 1915, p. 347). Bedrock in the Bell Creek drainage is clastic sedimentary rocks of the Cretaceous Kuskokwim Group (Box and others, 1993).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Aniak

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Some prospecting on Bell Creek occurred early in the mining history of the area.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BH024

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

    Box, S.E, Moll-Stalcup, E.J., Frost, T.P., and Murphy, J.M., 1993, Preliminary geologic map of the Bethel and southern Russian Mission quadrangles, southwestern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-2226-A, 20 p., scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Maddren, 1915

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 29a).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 24-MAR-01 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology