Ants Creek Prospect

The Ants Creek Prospect is a copper mine located in Adams county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,349 feet.

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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: Ants Creek Prospect  

State:  Idaho

County:  Adams

Elevation: 2,349 Feet (716 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 45.0453, -116.80830

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Ants Creek Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Ants Creek Prospect
Secondary: Antz Creek Mine
Secondary: Canyon View Mine


Primary: Copper
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Silver


State: Idaho
County: Adams
District: Seven Devils 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: Payette National Forest


Type: Located Claim


Type: Underground


Owner Name: Canyon View Development Co.
Home Office: Oregon
Info Year: 1975


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section
Physiographic Detail: Seven Devils Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Name: Diabase
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Permian

Name: Diabase
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Permian

Analytical Data

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Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Malachite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Sericite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Clay
Gangue: Limonite


Comment (Location): On N Wall Of Ants Creek Canyon Between 500 And 600 Ft In Elevation Above The First Switchback In Kleinschmidt Grade

Comment (Workings): Two Accessible Adits, One Drift


Reference (Deposit): Vallier, T. L., And Brooks, H. C., 1970 , Geology And Copper Deposits Of The Homestead Area, Oregon And Idaho: The Ore Bin, V. 32 , No. 3 , P. 5

Reference (Deposit): Close, T.J., And Others, Mineral Resources Of The Hells Canyon Wilderness Area And Portions Of The Hells Canyon National Recreation Study Area, Adams, Idaho, And Nez Perce Counties, Idaho, And Wallowa County, Oregon: Unpublished U.S. Bureau Of Mines Open File Report, P. 85-88.

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