Elkhorn Bar

The Elkhorn Bar is a gold mine located in Idaho county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,700 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: Elkhorn Bar  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

Elevation: 2,700 Feet (823 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 45.44889, -114.92083

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Elkhorn Bar MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Elkhorn Bar


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Garnet
Tertiary: Iron
Tertiary: Titanium


State: Idaho
County: Idaho
District: Salmon River Breaks Primitive 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: Bitterroot National Forest


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Type: Surface


Owner Name: U.S. Forest Service
Home Office: Idaho
Years: 1972 -


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Clearwater Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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

Analytical Data

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Ore: Magnetite
Ore: Ilmenite
Ore: Rutile
Ore: Gold
Ore: Zircon
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Biotite
Gangue: Feldspar
Gangue: Apatite


Comment (Commodity): Ten Pit Samples Contained Less Than 1 Cent Gold Per Cubic Meter And Ave. 0.83 Kg Per Cubic Meter Of Recoverable Black Sands.

Comment (Production): Evidence Of Old Placer Workings Exists

Comment (Ownership): USFS Ownership Represents Those Lands Administratively Withdrawn By The Us Forest Service From Mineral Entry.

Comment (Deposit): Elkhorn Bar Extends 4.5 Acres Along The North Bank Of The Salmon River At The Mouth Of Elkhorn Creek Two Test Pits And Three Trenches Were Dug On This Bar; None Reached Bedrock.

Comment (Workings): Old Test Pit Described Above Was 6 Ft Deep; 2 More Pits And 3 Trenches Were Dug

Comment (Geology): Upper Half Of Bar Low Terrace 2 - 3 Ft. Above River; Down River Half Is Flat Alluvial Terrace 25 - 30 Ft. Above River.


Reference (Deposit): Weis, P. L., Schmitt, L. J., And Tuchek, E. T., 1972, Mineral Resources Of The Salmon River Breaks Primitive Area, Idaho: USGS Bull 1353-C,P 40 - 4

Reference (Production): Weis, P. L., Schmitt, L. J., & Tuchek, E. T., 1972, USGS Bulletin 1353-C, P 36

Reference (Deposit): IBMG Mines And Prospects Of The Elk City Quad, V.E. Mitchell Et. Al.

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