Idaho Gold

Shoshone County Idaho Gold

Shoshone County Idaho Gold

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.

St. Joe District

West of Calder, in the St. Joe District, 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.


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

Mullan, Wallace Kellogg and Burke

In this area you will find the Beaver District, Eagle District, Evolution District, Hunter District, Lelande District, Placer Center District, Summit District and Yreka District. 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 Mine, Tiger Mine, Morning Mine, Poorman Mine and Granite Mine 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.

Mammoth Mine

Mammoth Mine

Bunker Hill Mine & Kellogg Mine Idaho


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 Creek and Eagle Creek, 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.


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

Elmore County Idaho Gold

Elmore County Idaho Gold

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 District

The Atlanta district, which includes Hardscrabble Mine, Middle Boise Mine and Yuba Mine, 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.


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.

Neal District

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 District

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

Minidoka County Idaho Gold

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.

See Cassia County and Jerome Counties for more information.

Jerome County Idaho Gold

Jerome County Idaho Gold

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 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.

Power County Idaho Gold

Power County Idaho Gold

American Falls

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

Nez Perce County Idaho Gold

Nez Perce County Idaho Gold


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.

Kootenai County Idaho Gold

Kootenai County Idaho Gold

Kootenai County in Idaho is the largest producer of silver in the the United States.

Coeur d’Alene District

The Coeur d’Alene district has many old mines dating back to 1860 mostly producing silver. All the streams contain placer gold that can be panned. Several old lode mines in the area as well. Most of the district is situated in Shoshone County, but this district is one of the most mineral rich areas in Idaho and the world. The Coeur d’Alene mines produce more silver than all the rest of the states put together.

Camas County Idaho Gold

Camas County Idaho Gold


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.

Big and Little Smoky-Rosetta district

The only gold-producing district in the area now included in Camas County is the Big and Little Smoky-Rosetta district was most active before Camas County was formed, and its production was credited largely to Blaine County, which was originally known as Alturas County, a large area covering many of the present counties.

The Big and Little Smoky-Rosetta district covers about 150 square miles near Carrietown in eastern Camas County. Ores rich in silver, lead, and zinc were discovered in this district in the early 1880’s. For about 10 years mining flourished, then it declined rapidly, and by 1900 most of the properties were abandoned.

From 1917 through 1942 gold production in the district was 8,249 ounces. The total gold production is not known, but the gross value of the ores, estimated at $1,200,000 by Ross, indicates that possibly as much as 10,000 ounces of gold was recovered as a byproduct.

The district is underlain mostly by granitic rock of the Idaho batholith and sedimentary rock of the Wood River Formation of Pennsylvanian age. The ore deposits are in impure quartzite and limestone in the Wood River Formation. Dikes of granophyre and porphyry cut both the granite and sedimentary rocks. Large areas in the southern part of the district are covered by the Challis Volcanics of Tertiary age.

Most of the ore deposits are replacement bodies in shear zones in the sedimentary rocks near the contacts with the granitic rock. A few are in the granitic rock. The dominant ore minerals are galena, sphalerite, pyrite, and tetrahedrite in a gangue of quartz, siderite, and altered country rock.

Bonneville County Idaho Gold

Bonneville County Idaho Gold

There is very fine gold in the Snake River. Also a good place to look would be northeast of Grays Lake.

Mount Pisgah District

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.

Both placer and lode mines were productive, but all the recorded production was from placers, which in the 1870’s yielded $250,000 in gold annually. In later years mining in the district declined, although some time after 1920 several unsuccessful attempts were made at dredging. From 1939 through 1959 only 459 ounces of gold was produced.

Most of the country rock consists of Mesozoic sedimentary rocks cut by dioritic dikes and sills. The deposits were described as large tabular masses of quartz that were shattered and then mineralized with calcite and auriferous pyrite. In most of the deposits, the pyrite is oxidized and the gold is free.

Clearwater County Idaho Gold

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 Creek and Morse Creek, 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.


Gold was first discovered by E.D. Pierce in 1860 and Pierce City, the oldest mining town in Idaho came into existence and was home to the first courthouse in Idaho.

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.