Elk Creek Placer

The Elk Creek Placer is a gold mine located in Custer county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,699 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

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: Elk Creek Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Custer

Elevation: 6,699 Feet (2,042 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 44.2894, -115.05890

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Elk Creek Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Elk Creek Placer


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


State: Idaho
County: Custer
District: Stanley District

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: Sawtooth Mountains

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 - 14.4 LB/C.Y.
Analytical Data: AVE AU SAMPLE VALUE $0.002/C.Y.


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


Comment (Deposit): Est. Vol. 750,000 C.Y.; 40 Acres


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): 1974 Recon Tschanz, C. M., And Others, Open - File Rept

Reference (Production): Tschanz, C. M., And Others, 1974, USGS Open - File Rept., 648 P.

Reference (Deposit): U.S. Geol. Survey Bulletin 1545-E, 1986, Table 37, P. 467; Map No. 4, Plate 3.

Reference (Deposit): U.S. Bureau Of Mines Open-File Report MLA 9-92, 1992, P. 50-66.

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