Musselshell Placer

The Musselshell Placer is a gold mine located in Clearwater county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,400 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: Musselshell Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Clearwater

Elevation: 4,400 Feet (1,341 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 46.4117, -115.72610

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Musselshell Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Musselshell Placer
Secondary: Daisy


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: REE
Tertiary: Thorium


State: Idaho
County: Clearwater
District: Musselshell 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: Clearwater National Forest


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Owner Name: Musselshell Min. Co. (


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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: Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene

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

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 0.88 - 1.85 % THO2
Analytical Data: CHEMICAL ANALYSIS 31.8 - 55.36 % MONAZITE (AVG 40 %)
Analytical Data: CONCENTRATE ANALYSIS 7.5 - 45.0 % MONAZITE, (AVG OF 29 %)


Ore: Gold
Ore: Monazite


Comment (Deposit): Best Monazite Prospect On High Ground In Upper Gulch Of Gold Run Creek, A Tributary To Musselshell Cr.


Reference (Deposit): V.E. Mitchell, Et. Al; Mines And Prospects Map Series,1981, Hamilton Quad, Location No. 85

Reference (Deposit): Schrader, F. C., 1910 , An Occurrence Of Monazite In Northern Idaho: USGS Bulletin 430 , P. 184 - 191

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