Overview of the Mines
The Iron Creek Mine is in an area with rich gold mining history. But as with all old mines, the old timers NEVER got it all!
The Iron Creek Mining claims are located in the southern area of the Yukon Territory in the Whitehorse mining district near the capitol of Whitehorse. This is an area with a great history of gold production in the late 1800's and early 1900's. It is once again begining to see renewed production as miners are discovering deposits that were previously overlooked.
The owners of the neighboring claims are very friendly and helpful. They have been mining at Iron creek for decades. View the pictures to see some of the gold that comse out of Iron Creek.
Many decades ago glaciers covered both Iron creek and Sydney creek bringing gold to the area. When the glaciers melted they left behind a rich gold layer. There is a layer of famous 'white channel' gravel on these claims. The white channel gravels are known to hold large deposits of gold in them. If you have seen the Gold Rush shows and heard them mention White Channel gravels then have seen the gold they recover this is the same white channel gravels they talk about and show on TV.
The benches hold this gold and the creeks and rain waters wash it down from the valley above into Iron creek each year.
If ylou have ever wanted to go north and mine, this is your opportunity. The owner of the claims has mined the creek for a few years but was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer three years ago and hasn't been able to go back. So the gold has been building up on these claims and waiting to be collected. On the upper claim there is a huge very deep plunge pool that if mined will yeild a huge payday. The owner has had plans to mine it if he ever got cured of the cancer but if the claims sell before he gets that chance the new owner would have that opportunity. Large hand sized nugget have been recovered from upstream of this plunge pool so you just know this pool holds tons of them at the bottom. Be sure to check out the images of the claims and look at how dark the plunge pool is and the shape and position of it. Nothing can get out of that pool! The boulders that block the exit are as large as a school buss!
While it is sometimes said old mines have been ‘worked out’ as the saying means there is no gold left, the truth is “it is better to say they are worked over; it is also true that the primitive methods used and the wasteful haste to get rich indulged in, left much of the gold in the ground, so that improved methods … will give even better results than those first obtained.” (MBMG Open Report 466)
Details about the Mine:
|Access to the Mine||You can drive a full size truck to the mine. A 4 x 4 is recommended for wet/muddy roads.|
|Tailing Present||None. Loose gravels in the creek bed and boulders. Benches are all Glacial till holding gold.|
|Depth / Length||Over 1000 feet of creek bed gravels. With gold bearing benches on both sides.|
|Minerals in the Mine||Historically mined for gold. Minerals of quartz, pyrite, galena, gold, black sands with rare earth minerals and possibly diamonds would be expected.|
|Foot traffic at the mine||Very little|
|Number of Mines||1 Placer|
|Nearest city with amenities||Whitehorse|
|Access to the Claim||A good dirt road (Canol road) breaks off from the Alaska highway and a good dirt road breaks off from the Canol road and runs along Sydney Creek all the way to Iron Creek.|
|Parking and Staging on the Claim||Claim is situatedso there is some room for parking of vehicles.|
|Resources||Year round water, grasses, brush and trees|
|Structures on claim||None|
Climate / Weather
Economic information about the deposit and operations
|Development Status||Past Producer|
|Nearby Scientific Data||Glacial Drfit|
Mining District Information
Iron Creek Mining District Information
|The Iron Creek mining district gold deposits were discovered about 1905 and the creek was staked along it's lower 3 miles. About this time the neighboring tributaries and Sydney Creek were also staked.|
|Work was carried on by hand and it is reported that some operators $70 to $80 per month. The best pay has been found at the base of old gravels or in streams that have cut through old gravels.|
|Iron creek runs south and the preservation of old gravels in it's valley is believed due to the ice movement having been impeeded by the mountains north and northwest of it.|
|Iron creek is accessed by the south Canol road to a logging/mining road up Sydney creek. Of particular interest in the Big Salmon mountain range are those creeks with a north south alignment. When the continental glacition took place, some of these valleys were protected by surrounding mountains from the westerly flow of ice.|
|Iron Creek begins in a crique and a valley glacier descended to within four and a half kilometers of it's mouth. For the most part, the gravels on Iron creek are shallow, less than five meters.|
- Lot Size20 Acres
- Type Placer
- Lot Size30.05 Acres
- Type Placer
- Lot Size20 Acres
- Type Placer