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GOLD LOCATIONS IN IDAHO

A considerable amount of gold has been recovered from placer and lode deposits in Idaho. Idaho gold was first discovered on a sandbar in the Pend Oreille River in 1852. In 1860, Captain E. D. Pierce found gold near the town of Pierce in Clearwater County. Other rich placer deposits soon were being mined in the nearby areas. Placer were the major source of gold prior to 1900. Idaho is a dredgers paradise Idaho is a beautiful state . It is an estimate that over 10,000,000 ounces of gold has came from that state.


Ada County, Idaho

Boise

East of Boise 10 miles, near the Elmore County line, is the Black Hornet district. It had a total production of around 22,000 ounces of gold from area lode mines.


Adams County Idaho

Cuprum

Near Cuprum, there are many old copper mines that had a by product of gold.


Bingham County Idaho

Blackfoot

Along the Snake River around Blackfoot the gravel bars and sand produce fine gold. Around 25,000 ounces have been found in this area.


Blaine County Idaho

Many rich silver mines were found in the Boise Basin in 1964, but it wasn't until 1942 that gold was pursued in this county. The total production through 1959 was 212,638 ounces of gold.

Bellevue

Bellevue is located in the southwest corner of the county and is in the Wood district. In this area, along the Wood River and its tributaries, in township 1 South and Range 17 and 18 East there are some old placer workings. The area copper mines produced a minor by product gold. The Camas, Croesus and Tip Top mines were all base metal mines that produced by product gold.

Hailey

Southwest of Hailey by 5~15 miles is the Camas district, which was discovered in 1865 and had a total production of 102,000 ounces of gold. The area base metal mines produced a by product of gold. Southwest, in Township 1 North, Range 16 and 17 East, is the Camas 2 Mine, which was a major producer and was closed in 1898 after producing over $1,000,000 of by product gold. The old camp of Mineral Hill had many area mines that produce around 14,000 ounces of by product gold between 1902~1959.

Ketchum

In township 4 North, Range 17, 18, 19 East is the Warm Springs district which produced 76,639 ounces of gold between 1864-1959. The area lead and silver mines produced a by product of gold. The Triumph Mine, which was reopened in 1927 to become a major producer and closed in 1957 produced a by product of gold. The Sawtooth district also had some silver mines that produced a by product of gold.


Boise County Idaho

In the Boise Basin, 25 miles northeast of Boise, had some rich placer activity with many old lode mines found shortly after. The placer gravels are still productive today. Between 1863 and today over 3,000,000 ounces of gold has been produced. The main areas are in the Banner Silver Mines, the Deadwood Gulch Placers and the Willow Creek District.

Centerville

Centerville is located in the Boise Basin District and includes Idaho City, Moore Creek, Gambrinus. All of these are in the middle of the Boise Basin. The alluvial gravel deposits covers much of the region. This area alone produced over 2,000,000 ounces of placer gold. Along Grime Creek on the way to Placerville you will find some rich old placers. Along the Boise River, near Twin Springs, had some very rich and productive placers. All of the regional watercourse gravels, benches and terraces contain placer gold. Near Gambrinus, you will find many old lode mines that produced a by product of gold. The Illinois and Gambrinus mines were large producers of by product gold in this area.

Partially located on the original site of Centerville. These twelve claims are owned by Ted Sharfe of Boise. Turning right and driving through the New Centerville community stop at the first forest service road to the left. Off the head of the tee you should see a dump truck box with twin sluices. Straight ahead from the tee you will see a miners shack with a travel trailer. Ted can be found here weekends. The gold is fine and found with a lot of monazite. Relics abound.

Idaho City

Near Idaho City the area alluvial gravel deposits, both stream and terrace, had many productive placers. Along Mine Creek you can find placer gold. On Horseshoe Bend of the Payette River are some very rich placers. The high bench terraces are very rich between streams in the area.

Pioneerville

Near Grimes Pass, the Pioneerville Summit Flat - Grimes Pass area produced around 25,000 ounces of gold. The Golden Age Mine produced lode gold with lead and silver. The Mammoth Mine produced lode gold. The Comeback Mine was the primary producer of electrum which was 50% gold and 50% silver. In the Grimes Pass area there are numerous old mines.

Quartzburg

The Quartzburg district, includes Gold Hill, Granite and Placerville, in Township 7 North Range 4 East, had a total production of around 400,000 ounces of gold. The Gold Mine was a lode mine in the area. The Mountain Chief and the Belshazzar Mines were large producers in the district.


Bonneville County Idaho

I have been told that there is very fine gold in the Snake River. Also a good place to look would be northeast of Grays Lake.

Bone

Southeast of Bone on Mount Pisgah in the Caribou Range, in T4S R44E, is the location of the Mount Pisgah district. It produced around 16,000 ounces of placer gold.


Camas County Idaho

Carrietown

Along Little Smoky Creek in Township 2 and 3 North, Range 14 and 15 East you can find some very rich placers. There were numerous mines in Township 4 and 5, Range 13 and 14 that produced lode gold. The town (not on most maps) lies in the east part of the county on Big and Little Smoky Creeks and was in the Rosetta district which consist of about 150 square miles, with many mines, most of which were abandoned prior to 1900. Total production in the district was around 10,000 ounces.


Cassia County Idaho

Very many gravel bars and bench deposits along the Snake River are credited with a total production of 22,000 ounces of gold in Cassia County, 1,736 ounces in Jerome County and 133 ounces in Minidoka County.

Black Pine

The Black Pine Mountain area in southeastern Cassia County is home to a number of old Hard rock mines. The largest is the Black Pine Mine owned by Pegasus which was worked as a open pit in the late 1980's and 90's and is currently under rehabilatation. Primary mineral was gold but silver was also recovered.

Burley

Burley is in Cassia County by this information relates to Jerome and Minidoka County as well. The area placer workings along the snake River in Township 9 and 10 South, Range 24 and 25 East were very productive. The Lead and silver mines in Township 15 and 16 south and Range 21 east has gold showings on the ore dumps. May be a good place to metal detect.

Snake River

The Snake River from American Falls Dam down stream to the Bell Rapids area in Twin Falls County is loaded with micro gold. Area was worked by the Chinese in the late 1890's - 1910. It experienced a revival during the depression with reports of people earning $30 a day in some areas. This gold is really hard to recover, a poop sluice being the preferred method.


Clearwater County Idaho

Clearwater County has placers that occur in stream channels and on bench deposits as high as 600 feet above the present day streams. Over 30,000 ounces of gold has been recovered from this county. The main locations are around Kelly and Morse Creeks, in Township 39 North and Range 10 and 11 East, and on the North Fork of the Clearwater River and its tributaries in Townships 37, 38 and 39 North and Ranger 1, 2, 3, and 4 East. There were some very rich placers discovered.

Pierce

Pierce is located in Townships 36 and 37 North and Range 1, 2, 3 and 4 East. There were many placer operations in this area. Along Orofino Creek, between Orofino and Pierce there were some extremely rich placer workings. The Wild Rose Mine was a very rich lode mine in the area.


Custer County Idaho

Between 1881 and 1959 a total production of 329,586 ounces of gold came largely from the western part of the county.

Bayhorse

In Township 12 and 13 North and Range 18 East near Bayhorse the area copper and zinc mines produced a by product of gold.

Clayton

In the area of Squaw and Thompson Creeks, in Townships 11 and 12 North and Range 16 East, numerous mines produced lode gold. In Township 11 and 12 North and Range 17 East, several lead mines produced a by product of gold.

Loon Creek

The Loon Creek District produced over 40,000 ounces of gold between 1869 and 1959. There were many area mines. The Lost Packer Mine was a huge producer of lode gold. Along Loon Cree, near the Ghost Town of Casto, there are many old placer workings.

Mackay

In the Mackay Area the Copper mines produced a by product of gold in pyrite.

Nicholia

The Nicholia district was rich in the early days. Many lead and silver mines produced a by product of gold.

Stanley

In the Stanley Basin, all regional stream gravels produce placer gold. In Townships 10 and 11 North and Range 12 and 13 East, all stream, bench and terrace gravels contain placer gold. Along the Salmon River, especially between Robinson Bar and Clayton you can find many rich placer deposits. Along Stanley Creek is the location of the old Willis Placer which were very productive.

Yankee Fork

In the northwest part of the county, between latitude 44 degrees 20 minutes and 44 degrees 30 minutes North and Longitude 114 degrees 40 minutes and 114 degrees 45 minutes, is the Yankee Fork District. This district is on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River and it produced over 266,000 ounces of gold between 1875 and 1959. The General Custer Mine and the Bonanza Mines were big lode producers. The Lucky Boy Mine, which was reopened in 1937, was a big lode producer. Along the Yankee Fork from mouth of Jordan Creek almost to the mouth of the Yankee Fork, was where the most productive placers were in the district. Along Jordan Creek, the stream, bench and terrace gravels produce well for placer gold.


Elmore County Idaho

Between 1862 and 1959 a total of 441,696 ounces of gold was reported out of Elmore County Idaho. Most from districts in the northeastern part of the county. You can find both placer and lode veins in this county. The two main areas are along the Boise River (the Middle Fork and the South fork) and at Twin Springs.

Atlanta

The Atlanta district, which includes Hardscrabble, Middle Boise and Yuba, produced around 385,000 ounces of gold. The area creeks all contain placer. There are numerous old mines that produced lode gold. The Atlanta Hill Mine was the major producer in this district.

Featherville

All streams and benches along the South Fork of the Boise River contain placer gold. Over 32,000 ounces of gold came from this area.

Mayfield

Northwest of Mayfield, near the Arrowrock Dam, about 15 miles southeast of Boise in Ada County, in Township 2 and 3 North and Range 5 East, is the Neal district. This district produced around $2,000,000 prior to 1911. There are many area placer worked on small regional creeks. Also there are many old lode mines.

Rocky Bar

In the Rocky Bar District along Bear Creek and its tributaries are very rich in placer gold. Many old lode mines in this area.


Gem County Idaho

The 20,000 gold ounces attributed to Gem County came almost entirely from the Westview district.

Pearl

From Pearl going Northeast to the County line their is a band of gold bearing rocks with many old mines. The Red Warrior Mine was the largest and produced most of the gold in the county.


Idaho County Idaho

Idaho County is the state's largest gold producing county, with 2,176,550 ounces of gold being recorded from placer and lode mines between 1862 and 1959. The primary areas of interest are along Lolo, Mussell and Eldorado Creeks. There were many once rich placer mines on these creeks. Along the Salmon River bars, benches and terrace gravels there is also some rich placer ground.

Burgsdorf to Warren

The entire length of the Salmon River, especially in T22N R4~6E, have had productive placer operations. In the south part of the county, in T20N and T24N R4E and R8E, is the Warren Marshal (resort) district. It had a total production through 1959 of 906,500 ounces of gold. The Warren Meadows, discovered in 1862, had some huge placers worked by bucket dredges. All area bench gravels and high meadow deposits contain placer gold. The area lode mines produced 1,765 ounces of gold from 1929 to 1935, but placer has been king in this area.

Dixie District

The Dixie district is located 20 miles south of Elk City, in T25N and T26N R8E. It had a total production of around 50,000 ounces. All area mines were big producers of lode gold. On the North side of the Salmon River, along Sheep and Crooked Creeks, there was extensive placer operations.

Elk City District

In parts of T29N and T30N R8E, this district had a total production of around 800,000 ounces. Along the American River and the South Fork of the Clearwater River, there were many placer workings. Above the placers, you will find many, many mines that produced lode gold. The Buster Mine was discovered in 1870 and was the largest mine in the district after 1902. It produced lode gold. The regional high level Tertiary terrace gravels are very rich.

Grangeville

Out of Grangeville 42 miles, in T25N R3E and R4E, is the French Creek and Florence districts. This was one of the most productive areas in Idaho. It had a total production of over 1,000,000 ounces. All regional gulches and streambeds are rich. They had many thousands of miners working in the area in the old days. Later the Chinese reworked the areas for the rich placers left behind. Above the placers there are several mines that had minor lode gold production, but placer is king in this area.

Kooskia

If you go south of Kooskia, along the South Fork of the Clearwater River, including areas around Stites and Harpster, had very rich placers. East of Kooskia, along the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River there were also some very rich placer diggings. Along Maggie Creek, you can find some more excellent placer dirt. This area has produced some nice gold.

Lolo Creek

Lolo creek has a great deal of gold bearing sites. Most mining done there is done with a dredge. On average you can find 1 to 2 ounces a day.

Lucille to Riggins

Along the Salmon River and its tributaries, you can find many regional placer mines that produced enormous amounts of gold. Between Riggins and Freedom, in T24-28N R1E, is the Simpson Camp, in the Howard-Riggins District. There was around 10,000 ounces of placer gold that came from this area.

Orogrande

Orogrande is 12 miles southwest of Elk City. The district still producing gold, but it was most productive between 1902 and 1959. It had a total production of around 32,000 ounces of gold. The local creeks, gulches and benches have all been worked intermittantly. The Orogrande - Frisco and the Gnome Mines were the largest producers in the area. Southwest of Orogrande 8 miles, is the Buffalo Hump district, it had a total production of 27,000 ounces from 1898 until 1941. There are many area mines and ghost towns in the area. The Big Buffalo Property, was a major mine. North of the Buffalo Hump Mountain and West of the Elk City District is the Tenmile district. It had a total production of 147,000 ounces, mostly placer gold. The Newsome Basin Placers were in the area of Newsome Creek and its tributaries. The rich placers were discovered in 1861. There were many mines in the area.

White Bird

Along the Salmon and wind Rivers in the area of White Bird had some rich placer mines.


Jerome County Idaho

Very many gravel bars and bench deposits along the Snake River are credited with a total production of 22,000 ounces of gold in Cassia County, 1,736 ounces in Jerome County and 133 ounces in Minidoka County.

Burley

Burley is in Cassia County by this information relates to Jerome and Minidoka County as well. The area placer workings along the snake River in Township 9 and 10 South, Range 24 and 25 East were very productive. The Lead and silver mines in Township 15 and 16 south and Range 21 east has gold showings on the ore dumps. May be a good place to metal detect.


Kootenai County Idaho

Coeur d'Alene

The Coeur d'Alene district has many old mines dating back to 1860. All the streams contain placer gold that can be panned. Several old lode mines in the area as well.


Minidoka County Idaho

Very many gravel bars and bench deposits along the Snake River are credited with a total production of 22,000 ounces of gold in Cassia County, 1,736 ounces in Jerome County and 133 ounces in Minidoka County.

Burley

Burley is in Cassia County by this information relates to Jerome and Minidoka County as well. The area placer workings along the snake River in Township 9 and 10 South, Range 24 and 25 East were very productive. The Lead and silver mines in Township 15 and 16 south and Range 21 east has gold showings on the ore dumps. May be a good place to metal detect.


Nez Perce County Idaho

Lewiston

In the Lewiston area, all the regional streams, benches and terraces contain placer gold, but the best place to prospect would be the Clearwater River upstream from town for the next 100 miles.


Power County Idaho

American Falls

Along the Snake River there are many old placer deposits that produced well. This is an excellent place to prospect.


SHOSHONE COUNTY, IDAHO

All but about 4,000 ounces of Shoshone County’s 450,000 ounces of gold was mined in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. The mineralized area can be best located from the town of Wallace. Besides its great gold production, the area has also had large deposits of lead, silver and zinc reported. Mining activity is minor in the area at this time, but the placers are occasionally worked.

Calder

West of Calder, in the St. Joe distirct, there are many area mines in the Shoshone part of the district. Most were lode mines that produced a by product of gold. Along the St. Joe River, in T45N R3, 4 and 9E, many area mines produced lode gold.

Eagle Creek

Eagle City Park is a 35 acre privately owned recreational gold prospecting/mining park located in the Coeur d'Alene National Forest at the old townsite of Eagle City in North Idaho. We are 25 miles from Interstate 90 via the Coeur d'Alene River Road from Kingston, Idaho (Exit 43). The park is between Prichard and historic Murray, Idaho. Eagle City was the site of the first gold rush to the Coeur d'Alene's and still holds the imagination of those who visit.

The park promotes the hobby of recreational gold prospecting / mining and is the home base of the Northwest Gold Prospectors Association. We have 2000 feet of gold bearing gravels in and along Eagle Creek.

Access is easy as the site is mostly level. Lifetime Memberships (mining leases) will be limited to less than two hundred (200) people and cost $1,750 each. Visitors and members can enjoy a wide range of activities including:

  • Gold Panning
  • Sluicing
  • Sniping
  • Metal Detecting
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Relaxing
  • Best of all "You Keep All The Gold You Find!"

For More Information see Eagle City Park Information Page

Kingston

The area around Pine Creek, in T48N R1 and 2E had numerous lead, silver and gold in pyrite mines.

Mullan, Wallace and Kellogg

In this area you will find the districts of Beaver, Eagle, Evolution, Hunter, Lelande, Placer Center, Summit and Yreka. At Kellogg, is the great Bunker Hill and Sullivan mines. They are now combined as one of the worlds largest lead and silver producers, but they also produce a by product of gold. The Mammoth, Tiger, Morning, Poorman and Granite mines were major lode producers. The Sunshine Mine at Wallace was a major producer as well. At T47 and 48N R4 and 5E, in the stream and bench gravels you can find placer gold. In T47N R3 and 4E, the "Silver Belt", is an area about 7 miles wide runing east to west for 3 miles. There are very many old lead, silver mines that had a by product of gold.

Murray

Murray was the original county seat and is now nearly a ghost town. The area right in town, lately especially behind Kris Krisofferson's Tavern, in the surface soil, you can find nuggets to 10 ounces. Along Prichard and Eagle Creeks, there was some very rich placer gorunds of the 1880's, rivived in the 1930's and intermittently worked today. The South Fork of the Coeur d' Alene River, had many rich lead silver lode mines, with a peak production in 1911. All streams in the area produce gold.

Prichard

Around the Prichard area most of the streams contain placer gold.


 

 

 

 


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