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The Chicken Creek Gold Mine - Chicken, Alaska

Alaskan gold nugget Gold was first discovered in the Chicken Creek drainage in 1896, 10 years after the initial Fortymile discovery, and has been mined continuously since then with the exception 
of the war years. The F.E. Company, a subsidiary of the U.S. Smelting Refining & Mining Co., acquired most of the claims during the 1940s and dredged 2 miles of the creek 
from 1959 to 1967. Since then, several family operations have mined on the creek. The drainage has most likely produced over 100,000 oz of gold. 

The Chicken Creek Mine - Chicken, Alaska We began operating the Chicken Creek Mine in 1990 as lessees and purchased ground in 1998. In 2000, we began to implement a sustainable development plan incorporating mining, reclamation, tourism and local history. In 2001, our efforts were recognized by the State of Alaska when we received the prestigious Alaska Governor's Award for Mine Reclamation. In 2006, we were recognized nationally as the small mine operator of the year by the U.S. Interior Department with the Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Award.

In 2004, we completed our mining operations on Nora Bench (the location of Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost), but left some ground un-mined for panning and recreational mining opportunities and shortly thereafter we opened our claims on Myers Fork to the public for recreational mining. In January of 2015, we participated in the purchase of Lost Chicken Hill, which is one of the oldest continuously operated placer gold mines in Alaska (discovered in 1895). We will be operating in 2015 and beyond. If you are interested in touring the operation, inquire at Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost.

  • BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Award, September, 2006 (pdf, 1.8Mb)

  • North of 60 Mining Article, October 2006 (pdf, 4.3Mb)

    Gold Mining on Nora Bench
    Mining on Nora Bench
    Gold panning at the mine
    Gold panning at Chicken, Alaska

    A 1000-ounce gold cleanup
    A 100-ounce cleanup at the Chicken Creek Mine - Chicken, Alaska
    An overview of the gold mine
    An overview of the Chicken Creek Mine

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