Illinois Creek

Mining District

The Illinois Creek Mining District (District) is located in Western Alaska, and is comprised of five projects being developed by Western Alaska Copper & Gold (WAC&G): Round Top, Illinois Creek, Honker Gold, Waterpump Creek, and TG North. As joint venture partners with Piek Exploration Inc. and WAC&G control the entire District. All of the projects within this district host high-grade mineral deposits, are located on state of Alaska land, and benefit from a robust existing infrastructure

Illinois Creek


Round Top


Honker Gold


Waterpump Creek


TG North



The Illinois Creek Mining District (District) was discovered in 1980 by the Anaconda Minerals Company (Anaconda). Located in the Kaiyuh Mountains of western Interior Alaska, the District lies approximately 60 miles south of Galena and 25 miles east of the Yukon River. Its namesake, the Illinois Creek Mine, was developed by USMX/Dakota Mining in 1996 as Alaska’s first heap leach open pit mine

Operations were suspended in 1998 due to low gold-silver prices, and was briefly operated by Viceroy Resources, Inc. from 1998-2000 and then by American Reclamation Group, Inc. before closing in 2003. A significant gold-silver resource remains, and was quantified in a March 2019 Resource Study. Exploration potential to expand the resource exists along strike and down dip and within the historic leach pad

Access & Infrastructure

A 29.5 mile Yukon River Access Route has been pre-engineered by Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA). The route, located entirely on Alaska state lands, has been historically used as a winter ice road to support mining activities at the Illinois Creek mine. A seasonal five month river barge port on the Yukon River is envisioned (site >40′ draft) to provide river connection to the coastal ports of St. Mary’s and Emmonak, and onward to ports in the U.S. (via Seattle through Lynden Alaska Marine and others), Canada and Asia

Yukon River Access Route