Alaska

Where to find gold in Alaska

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I would imagine “Where to find gold in Alaska” is increasing by the day as a searched for term on Google and the other major search engines. This is probably mainly due to two shows on the Discovery Channel – Gold Rush Alaska featuring the Hoffman Crew and Bering Sea Gold featuring a varied cast on dredgers on the edge of Nome Beach in the Bering Sea.

Well i have to say that Alaskans are among the luckiest of gold prospectors in the united states as there is virtually no large region of Alaska that does not contain gold, it can be found in almost all districts of the state and most places have gold in considerable quantities.

Another thing that gold prospectors in Alaska have on their side is the fact that the vast majority of gold in the state is placer gold, which can be rather easily extracted as in comparison to lode gold or hard rock mining which requires much more expensive equipment and manpower. For placer gold mining the most basic of materials you require are a shovel and a gold pan, whereas with hard rock mining you will need at least a couple of machines and probably an explosives expert :).

One area in Alaska where gold has been extracted on an industrial scale is the great Yukon Basin, from this vast expanse of land many millions of dollars worth of gold has been taken from the soils, rocks and river gravels, however much gold still remains due to the inaccessibility to some areas which are sure to contain many more millions of ounces of gold. In Fairbanks, the local conditions and geology were much more responsive to large scale dredging operations – some of the old machines can still be seen rusting in the places where they once tore gold from within the earth and made many men very wealthy, in fact Fairbanks was (and still is) the largest gold producing area in the state, and also one of the largest in the US as a whole.

There are many lode gold mines in Alaska that were abandoned just before the outbreak of World War Two, most have remained closed to this day, these may be worth looking into if you live nearby one of them, read more on this page about finding closed, abandoned and mining claims for sale – How to find closed/abandoned gold mines where i live.

Below i will break Alaska down into its 9 individual regions and break them down further by district.

Where to find gold in Alaska by District


 

COOK INLET-SUSITNA REGION


The gravels of the Kenai River ,Turnagain Arm area, the Moose Pass-Hope area,Placers in the Valdez Creek district, the Yentna-Cache Creek district,the Willow Creek district.

Kenai Peninsula Disrict


 

Turnagain Arm area,Mills and Canyon Creeks,Moose Pass-Hope ,the Girdwood camp,Crow, Resurrection, Palmer, Bear, and Sixmile Creeks,Canyon, Mills, Falls, and Cooper Creeks

Valdez Creek Disrict

The gravels of Valdez Creek,,The Tammany Channel, an ancient riverbed of the Valdez Creek.

 

 

Yentna-Cache Creek Disrict


Peters and Cache Creeks,Dollar Creek,Thunder Creek ,Upper Willow Creek

 

COPPER RIVER REGION

Chistochina Disrict

The Chisna River,Slate Creek,Miller Gulch.

Nizina Disrict

The Chitina River valley,Chititu Creek,Dan Creeks

 

SEWARD PENINSULA REGION

 

COUNCIL DISTRICT

Ophir Creek,Niukluk River,Ophir, Melsing, Goldbot-tom, Mystery, and Elkhorn Creeks

FAIRHAVEN DISTRICT

Old Glory and Hannum Creeks,Candle Creek

KOUGAROK DISTRICT

The Kougarok placers

PORT CLARENCE DISTRICT

Bluestone and Agiapuk River basins and from a few streams that drain into Grantley Harbor.

SOLOMON-BLUFF DISTRICT

The Casadepaga River, a tributary of the Solomon River. The Solomon and on the beach of the mouth of Daniels Creek in the Bluff camp,Daniels Creek and along Hurrah and Shovel Creeks in the Solomon camp.

 

YUKON REGION

 

BONNIFIELD DISTRICT

Gold King Creek

CHISANA DISTRICT

Bonanza Creek

CIRCLE DISTRICT

Birch Creek,Mastodon Creek

 

EAGLE DISTRICT

American Creek

FAIRBANKS DISTRICT


Fortymile, Rampart, Circle,Pedro Creek,Dome, Ester, Vault, Cleary, and Chatanika Creeks.

 

FORTYMILE DISTRICT

Sixtymile River area, ,Dome, Wade, and Chicken Creek,Birch Creek,Franklin Creek & Napoleon Creek.

HOT SPRINGS DISTRICT

Baker and Eureka Creeks

 

IDITAROD DISTRICT

Otter Creek, a tributary of the Iditarod River, Flat and Willow Creeks

INNOKO DISTRICT

Ophir, Spruce, Little, Ganes, and Yankee Creek areas.

KANTISHNA DISTRICT

Toklat River

KOYUKUK DISTRICT

 

Koyukuk River & the Koyukuk tributaries.

MARSHALL DISTRICT

Wilson Creek

NABESNA DISTRICT

The Nabesna mine and surrounding streams

RAMPART DISTRICT

Minook Creek,Hess River and their tributaries,Little Minook Creek

RUBY DISTRICT

Ruby Creek,Long Creek,Poorman Creek

RICHARDSON DISTRICT

Tenderfoot Creek, Buckeye and Democrat Creeks


TOLOVANA DISTRICT

Livengood Creek,Gertrude, Ruth, Lillian, and Olive Creeks

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