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Individual land buyers, lessees of state land, or permittees who are unable to make their payments should immediately contact the Division of Mining, Land and Water (DMLW) to discuss ways to address their financial hardship and payments due, consistent with the Governor's COVID-19 Disaster Order of Suspension No. 2 as amended, or the Director's Finding concerning extensions of certain land sale contract and lease payments. Contact the DMLW by email at or by phone at (907) 269-8594. Thank you.

Nixon Fork Mine

Project Description

The Nixon Fork Mine is an underground cut-and-fill, shrinkage, and sub-level open stoping operation using gravity and flotation processes to recover copper concentrate, and carbon-in-leach to recover gold. The mine is located in west-central Alaska, 32 miles northeast of McGrath and 8 miles north of Medfra, on Bureau of Land Management and Doyon Ltd. Native Corporation lands. Access to the mine is via air.

The project is operated by Mystery Creek Resources, Inc. (MCRI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Titan Resources, LTD. The major Nixon Fork Mine facilities include the Nixon Fork underground Mystery Mine and Crystal Mine, surface mill, tailings storage facility, dry stack tailings facility, administrative and camp facilities and a 4,200-foot long airstrip. Power is supplied by on-site diesel generators. The Nixon Fork Mine went into temporary closure status in June 2013. On August 24, 2016, Mystery Creek Resources, Inc. submitted notification to restart the project.


The Nixon Fork Mine is an existing underground lode gold mine located 32 miles northeast of McGrath, Alaska.  The area surrounding the present day Nixon Fork Mine was first staked in 1917 and limited underground mining occurred sporadically between 1917 and the early 1950’s.  The Nixon Fork Mine as it exists today was permitted and developed by Nevada Goldfields, Inc. in 1995 and operated until 1999. 

Nevada Goldfields constructed a 4,200-foot Hercules airstrip, expanded the road system, and constructed a new mill, shop, 50-person camp, tailings impoundment, and water supply system.  The mining rate was approximately 150 tons per day and a froth-flotation milling process was used to produce a gold and copper concentrate that was shipped off-site for final processing.  Mining and milling operations ceased when Nevada Goldfields parent corporation and its subsidiaries were voluntarily placed into bankruptcy.  The trustee of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court relinquished rights to the mining leases and legally abandoned ownership of the facilities and equipment at the site.  The facilities and equipment were transferred to the federal mining claimant Mespelt & Almasy Mining Company.  Mystery Creek Resources, Inc. leased the property, facilities and equipment from Almasy in 2003 and submitted a Plan of Operations to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that envisioned a phased return to full production at the mine. Mystery Creek Resources was authorized by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to re-commission the surface and underground facilities and to conduct mineral exploration activities and general site clean-up.

Permits, Authorizations, and Financial Assurance

Temporary Closure Plan (PDF)

ISSUED May 15, 2012

DNR Nixon Fork Mine
Reclamation Plan Approval (A20125562)
Reclamation Plan Approval Extension (A20125562) (PDF)

DEC Nixon Fork Mine
Waste Management Permit No. 2012DB0001

Response to Comments Document (PDF)

Archived Public Notice
Including support documents.

Current Authorizations
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Previous Authorizations
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

For More Information Contact:

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team

Kyle Moselle
Associate Director
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting
Phone: (907) 465-6849
Fax: (907) 465-3886

Mail to:
PO Box 111030
Juneau, AK 99811

Visit at:
400 Willoughby Ave., 4th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801