Pigtail Creek Placer

The Pigtail Creek Placer is a gold mine located in Custer county, Idaho at an elevation of 7,700 feet.

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All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

Mine Info

Name: Pigtail Creek Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Custer

Elevation: 7,700 Feet (2,347 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 44.0981, -114.74780

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Pigtail Creek Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Pigtail Creek Placer


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Garnet
Tertiary: Uranium
Tertiary: Zirconium
Tertiary: REE
Tertiary: Iron
Tertiary: Titanium


State: Idaho
County: Custer
District: Unorganized District; Pigtail Cr. Area

Land Status

Land ownership: National Forest
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.
Administrative Organization: Challis National Forest


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: White Cloud Peaks

Mineral Deposit Model

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Name: Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Holocene

Name: Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: RANGE OF BLACK SAND CONCENTRATE: 0.8 - 14.3 LB/C.Y.


Ore: Sphene
Ore: Monazite
Ore: Garnet
Ore: Magnetite
Ore: Zircon
Ore: Hematite


Comment (Location): Mouth of Pigtail Creek

Comment (Deposit): 40 Acres, 260,000 Cy Est. Volume

Comment (Workings): Churn Drilling


Reference (Deposit): Tschanz, C. M., And Others, 1974, Mineral Resources Of The Eastern Part Of The Sawtooth National Recreation Area; Custer And Blaine Counties, Idaho: USGS Open - File Rept., 648 P.

Reference (Deposit): Williams, P. L., 1961, Glacial Geology Stanley Basin: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 123, 29 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1961 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 123

Reference (Deposit): Vannoy, R. M., And Others, 1986, Economic Appraisal Of The Eastern Part Of The Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1545-E, Table 37, No. 24, P. 467.

Reference (Production): Tschanz, C. M., And Others, 1974, USGS O.F. Rept., P. 626.

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