Deer Creek Mine

The Deer Creek Mine is a gold mine located in Nez Perce county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,402 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: Deer Creek Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Nez Perce

Elevation: 2,402 Feet (732 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 46.0564, -116.70860

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Deer Creek Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Deer Creek Mine
Secondary: Craig Mountain


Primary: Gold
Secondary: Copper
Secondary: Silver
Tertiary: Molybdenum


State: Idaho
County: Nez Perce
District: Deer Creek District

Land Status

Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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.


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Type: Underground


Owner Name: Oppenheim, Anna Mc Coy


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


General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Walla Walla Plateau

Mineral Deposit Model

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Type: R
Description: Dome-Shaped Fold


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Name: Andesite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Triassic

Name: Andesite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Triassic

Analytical Data



Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Sylvanite
Gangue: Siderite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Location): On Boundary Between Nez Perce And Lewis Counties; About 1 Mi From Horseman'S But 1400 Ft Lower On Deer Creek. Mine Buildings Located At Junction Of 2 Principal Forks Of Deer Creek.

Comment (Development): 12 Unpatented Claims; 150 Ton/Day Mill Capacity; 1954 Assessment Affadavit Filed In Lewis County Court House

Comment (Deposit): 2 Parallel Veins 100 Ft Apart. Dip Ranges 45-60 Deg W


Reference (Deposit): Hubbard, Charles R., 1955, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Open-File Report, 2 P.

Reference (Deposit): Livingston, D. C., And Laney, F. B., 1920, The Copper Deposits Of The Seven Devils And Adjacent Districts: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Bulletin 1, 105 P.

Reference (Deposit): Hubbard, C. R., 1956, Geology And Mineral Resources Of Nez Perce County: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology County Rept. 1, 17 P.

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