Bear Lake Mine

The Bear Lake Mine is a phosphorus-phosphates mine located in Bear Lake county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,299 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: Bear Lake Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Bear Lake

Elevation: 6,299 Feet (1,920 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Phosphorus-Phosphates

Lat, Long: 42.2344, -111.44920

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Bear Lake Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Bear Lake Mine
Secondary: Bear Lake Phosphate Company


Primary: Phosphorus-Phosphates
Tertiary: Vanadium


State: Idaho
County: Bear Lake
District: Bear Lake District

Land Status

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


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Middle Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Wasatch Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Type: R
Description: Fault Zone


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Name: Mudstone
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Permian

Analytical Data

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Reference (Deposit): Mansfield, G.R., 1927, USGS Professional Paper 152, P. 254

Reference (Deposit): Mc Kelvey, V. E., And Strobell, J. D., Jr., 1955 , Preliminary Geologic Maps Of The Paris - Bloomington Vanadium Area, Bear Lake County, Idaho: USGS Mineral Inv. Field Studies Map, Mf 4

Reference (Deposit): 1955 Geolmap V. E. Mc Kelvey And J. D. Strobell, Jr., Mineral Inv. Field Studies Map Mf 4

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