Beauty Bay Prospect

The Beauty Bay Prospect is a lead, copper, and zinc mine located in Kootenai county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,500 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: Beauty Bay Prospect  

State:  Idaho

County:  Kootenai

Elevation: 2,500 Feet (762 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Lead, Copper, Zinc

Lat, Long: 47.6119, -116.67360

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Beauty Bay Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Beauty Bay Prospect


Primary: Lead
Primary: Copper
Primary: Zinc
Tertiary: Tungsten
Tertiary: Arsenic
Tertiary: Uranium


State: Idaho
County: Kootenai
District: Beauty Bay 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.


Type: Located Claim


Type: Surface/Underground


Owner Name: Painted Desert Uranium And Oil Co.


Not available


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


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Coeur D'Alene Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

Not available




Type: R
Description: Broad Much - Faulted Anticlinal Uplift Of Wnw Trend


Alteration Type: L
Alteration: Fe - Stained


Name: Quartzite
Role: Host
Description: Altered Quartzite
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

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

Analytical Data

Not available


Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Galena
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrrhotite


Comment (Development): 26 Unpatented Claims. 5 DDH Sites, 3 Of Which Are Potential U. Areas And 2 Of Which Have W And Base Metals

Comment (Deposit): Second Vein Strikes N 60 Deg E, Dips 80 Deg NW Other Veins Further E Strike N 60 Deg E, Dip 80 Deg NW. Largest Vein Strikes N 45 Deg W.

Comment (Location): On Ridge Separating Beauty Bay From Wolf Lodge Bay, N And NE Of Mouth Of Beauty Creek; Land Classification Given As "Public Sale"

Comment (Geology): Original alteration entry: Local - Fe - Stained

Comment (Geology): Original ore control entry: Fracture


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): Western Mining News, Aug. 25 , 1975

Reference (Deposit): Umpleby And Jones, 1923, USGS Bulletin 732, 156 P

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