Okanogan county is a large and remote county that offers an abundance of potential for the recreational prospector. Placer gold was discovered in this county in 1859 on the Similkameen River. The lode mines soon followed near Conconully in 1871. The total production recored for this county was around 100,000 ounces, but many ounces were not recored.
East of Bridgeport, on the north side of the Columbia River, in the NW 1/4 of section 10 T29N R25E, is the Shotwell Placer Mine. This was a very large placer area, that produced fine gold from terrace gravels around 100 feet above the river.
Northeast of Carlton 3.5 miles up Leecher Creek, in the NW 1/4 section 23 T32N R22E, is the Minnie Mine. It consisted of 4 claims for lode gold with silver and zinc in a pyrite ore.
In the Myers Creek District, T40N R30E, there was a total production of around 10,000 ounces, between 1888 and 1959. Near the center of the NW 1/4 section 21, is the Eagle Mine, which was a major lode gold producer. Near the center of the W 1/2 of section 35, is the Crystall Butte Mine. This mine consisted of 6 claims that produced lead, silver and zinc with a by product of gold. In the SW 1/4 section 16, is the Reco Mine. In sections 21 and 22, is the Chesaw Mine, which used open cuts to mine lode gold. On Mary Ann Creek, the Mary Ann Creek Placer, 14 claims, gold from surface to bedrock in this area. In SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 section 11 T40N R29E, is the Poland China Mine, 11 claims for lode gold. On Deadman Creek, is the Deadman Creek Placer mine which produced gold from creek bedrock all the way up to 250 feet above the stream in terrace gravels. This is said to be a rich creek.
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West along the Columbia River, near Katar, is the Gold Bar Placer. It was said to be very productive. In seciton 11 T30N R28E, is the Murray Placer, it was intermittantly worked until 1950′s. Along the Nespelem river, the Nespelem Placer Mine was also productive.
One mile below Conconully on the Salmon River, is the Ballard Placer Mine. On the north side of Sinlahekin Creek, near the NE corner of section 20 T37N R25E, is the Okanogan Copper Mine, which can be accessed by a trail. It produced lode gold and copper.
Just north of Gilbert, in section 11 T34N R18E is the Pay Day Mine. It produced lode gold along with copper and silver.
A half mile nort of Loomis, in NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of section 1 T38N R25E, is the location of the Palmer Mountain Tunnel. It consisted of 56 base metal claims with a by product of gold. Take the road to old Ghost town of Golden, West .5 miles, in NE 1/4 section 10 T39N R26E, is the Triune Mine, which produced lode gold, copper, lead and silver. North of Loomis 3 miles on Palmer Lake Road, in SW 1/4 section 19 R39N R26E, is the Pinnacle Mine. If you go North to Palmer Lake, on Palmer Mountain, in NE 1/4 section 36 T39N R25E, is the Black Bear Mine and on the west slope of Palmer Mountain is the Bunker Hill mine, which was a very rich lode mine. Near the SW corner of section 19 T39N R26E, is the Leadville Mine and half mile to the east, i the N 1/2 of section 6, is the Empire Mine. Between Palmer Mountain and Wannacut Lake, in the NE 1/4 section 22 T39N R26E, is the Rainbow Mine, which produced free milling gold with pyrite. In the SW part of section 33 T40N R26E, is the Bullfrog Mine. West of the Bullfrog, by 3 miles, in section 5 T38N R25E, is the Gold Hill Mine. In the Chopaka area, in the SW 1/4 section 32 T40N R25E, you will find the Gold Crown Mine. There are many mines in this area.
East of Malott by 3 miles in S 1/2 of NW 1/4 os section 22 T32N R25E, is the Rustler Mine. It produced lode gold and molybdenum.
Northwest of Mazama 3 miles in the SE 1/4 section 14 T36N R19E, is the Mazama Queen Mine. It had a 5 stamp mill on site. In T36N R20E, half mile north of Mazama, in the N 1/2 of section 30, is the Mazama Pride Mine. One Mile northeast of town, on cliff in SE 1/4 section 30, is the American Flag Mine. It is reached 1.5 mile by road or .5 mile by trail. Near the NW corner os section 30, is the Gold Key Mine. Five miles from town on the Goat Creek Road, is the Imperial Mine, in the NW 1/4 section 16 and the Rosalind Mine in the N 1/2 of section 17.
The Methow district, 9 miles above the mouth of the Methow River, produced around 17,000 ounces of gold. Most of the gold was produced between 1932 and 1959. On the northeast slope of Hunter Mountain, in the E 1/2 sections 12 and 13 and the W 1/2 sections 7 and 18 T30N R22E, is the Methow Mine. Quarter mile east of the Methow River in SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 section 18 T30N R23E, is the Roosevelt Mine. On the South fork of Gold Creek, in section 25 T31N R21E, is the Bolinger Mine.
Nighthawk is northwest of Oroville and 2 miles South of Canada. At the base of Mount Chopaka, near the SE corner of section 7 T40N R25E, is the Golden Zone Mine.
Around 25,000 ounces of placer gold was produced in the Oroville district. Along the Similkameen River in river bars and terrace gravels placer gold is found in abundance. Several nice nuggets have been produced.
North of Park City 1.5 miles on Strawberry Creek, in S 1/2 section 35, T34N R31E, is the Crounse Placer. It was very productive.
In SW 1/4 section 20 T30N R23E, is the Friday Mine on Methow Creek. Near headwaters of Squaw Creek, on north side of valley near NE corner section 17, T30N R22E, is the Chelan Mine. Northwest of Pateros by 5 miles on the east side of the Methow River, is the Sullivan Mine.
Out of Twisp 4 miles in S 1/2 of section 13 and the N 1/2 os section 24 T33N R21E, is the Twisp View Mine. In sections 25, 26, 35 and 36 is the Alder Mine. In the SE 1/4 section 18 T33N R22E, is the Rattlesnake Mine. On the lowere west slope of Pole Pick Hill, in SE 1/4 section 18 T33N R23E, is the Red shirt Mine.