Cascade Creek

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307461
Record type Site
Current site name Cascade Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -161.24271, 59.32927 (WGS84)
Relative position Cascade Creek is a north tributary to Wattamuse Creek (GO021), a west tributary to Slate Creek (GO020). The mouth of Cascade Creek is about 1 mile upstream of the confluence of Wattamuse and Slate Creeks and just upstream of the old mining camp on Wattamuse Creek. It is included in Hoare and Cobb (1977) under the name 'Cascade Ck.'. Fechner (1988) included the lower part of Wattamuse Creek as a part of Cascade Creek, but early descriptions indicate that Wattamuse Creek is the stream that continues to Slate Creek and that Cascade Creek is a tributary to Wattamuse Creek.
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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) -161.24271, 59.32927

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Cascade Creek has been explored, including drilling, but mining has apparently not taken place. Gravels are about 6 feet deep. Six, 0.1 cubic yard placer samples from along about 4 miles of the drainage contained a trace to 0.0017 ounce of gold per cubic yard (Fechner, 1988). Bedrock in the area includes Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks, locally intruded by Upper Cretaceous to Lower Tertiary granitic rocks and Jurassic mafic/ultramafic plutonic rocks (Hoare and Coonrad, 1978).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Goodnews Bay

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Exploration including drilling has taken place, especially along lower Cascade Creek near its confluence with Wattamuse Creek (GO021).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF GO022

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Hoare, J.M., and Cobb, E.H., 1977, Mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Bethel, Goodnews, and Russian Mission quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-156, 98 p.

  • Deposit

    Hoare, J.M., and Coonrad, W.L., 1978, Geologic map of the Goodnews and Hagemeister Island quadrangles region, southwestern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-9-B, two sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Fechner, S.A., 1988, Bureau of Mines mineral investigation of the Goodnews Bay mining district, Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 1-88, 230 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Fechner, 1988

General comments

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

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 20-MAR-01 Travis L. Hudson Applied Geology