The Riverside is a lead mine located in Kootenai county, Idaho at an elevation of 3,451 feet.

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Mine Info

Name: Riverside  

State:  Idaho

County:  Kootenai

Elevation: 3,451 Feet (1,052 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Lead

Lat, Long: 47.7369, -116.41220

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Riverside MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Riverside


Primary: Lead
Tertiary: Copper
Tertiary: Zinc


State: Idaho
County: Kootenai
District: Little North Fork 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: Coeur d'Alene National Forest


Type: Patented


Type: Underground


Owner Name: Riverside Copper Mining Co.


Not available


Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Prospect
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Year: 1906
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Bitterroot Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

Not available




Type: R
Structure: Faulted Anticlinal Uplift Of WNW Trend

Type: R
Structure: Burnt Cabin Fault

Type: L
Structure: Brecciation


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Bleaching; Sericitization


Name: Argillite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Argillite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: PB208/PB204 = 36.226
Analytical Data: PB207/PB204 = 15.423
Analytical Data: PB ISOTOPE COMPOSITION: PB206/PB204 = 16.518


Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Malachite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Siderite
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Deposit): Copper - Fissure Vein Strikes N 45 Deg W, Dips 82 Deg Ne

Comment (Development): 5 Patented Claims

Comment (Location): 1 Mi Below Mouth Of Bootjack Cr.

Comment (Production): No Production (Idaho Bur Mines)


Reference (Deposit): Umpleby, J. B., And Jones, E. L., Jr., 1923 , Geology And Ore Deposits Of Shoshone County, Idaho: USGS Bulletin 732 , P. 115

Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., 1940 , Geology And Metalliferous Deposits Of Kootenai County, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 53 , 67 P.

Reference (Deposit): Zartman, R. E., And Stacey, J. S., 1971 , Lead Isotopes And Mineralization Ages In Belt Supergroup Rocks, Northwestern Montana And Northern Idaho: Econ. Geology, V. 66 , No. 6 , P. 849 - 860

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