Butte Creek (Shamrock Creek)

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307327
Record type Site
Current site name Butte Creek (Shamrock Creek)

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -149.37332, 67.47971 (WGS84)
Relative position Butte Creek (Shamrock Creek on the modern topographic map) is a short, (1 1/2-mile-long), north-flowing stream which drains into Bob Johnson Lake (formerly Big Lake). The map site is on the lower reaches of the creek (sec. 29, T. 31 N., R. 8 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian) although no specific location of the mining activity along the creek is recorded. The location is accurate within a 1/2-mile radius.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

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) -149.37332, 67.47971

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Reed (1938) reported that the creek was being actively prospected in 1937 and that fair prospects had been found. There is no further description of this placer.
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Koyukuk

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Prospecting reported in the 1930s. There is no evidence of further activity.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CH022

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Chandalar quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-457, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Chandalar and Wiseman quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-340, 205 p.

  • Deposit

    DeYoung, J.H., Jr., 1978, Mineral resources map of the Chandalar quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-878-B, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Reed, I.M., 1938, Upper Koyukuk region, Alaska (Wiseman, Chandalar, and Bettles): Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 194-7, 201 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Reed, 1938

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Deposit Other Comments = Shamrock Creek is the modern name of Butte Creek and is the name found on current maps.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 17-NOV-99 J.M. Britton U.S. Geological Survey