Idaho Gem Group

The Idaho Gem Group is a lead mine located in Bear Lake county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,601 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: Idaho Gem Group  

State:  Idaho

County:  Bear Lake

Elevation: 6,601 Feet (2,012 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Lead

Lat, Long: 42.1225, -111.44940

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Idaho Gem Group MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Idaho Gem Group


Primary: Lead
Tertiary: Molybdenum


State: Idaho
County: Bear Lake
District: St. Charles 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: Cache National Forest


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Prospect
Deposit Type: Replacement
Operation Type: 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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Name: Limestone
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cambrian

Analytical Data

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Ore: Wulfenite
Ore: Galena
Gangue: Dolomite
Gangue: Calcite


Comment (Location): S Side Dry Canyon


Reference (Deposit): Mansfield, G. R., 1927 , Geography, Geology And Mineral Resources Of Part Of Southeastern Idaho: USGS Prof. Paper 152 , P. 343 - 34

Reference (Deposit): 1927 Recon G. R. Mansfield, Prof. Paper 15

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