Rock Creek Mine

The Rock Creek Mine is located along the west coast of Alaska on the Seward Peninsula, 6 miles north of Nome, on private lands owned by Sitnasuak Native Corporation (surface rights), Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC)(subsurface rights) and Alaska Gold Company, LLC (AGC) land. The mine was operated by Alaska Gold Company, LLC (AGC), under the ownership of NOVAGOLD Resources Inc. (NOVAGOLD), from September 2008 to November 2008 when it was placed into care and maintenance. Phase I Reclamation was completed in October 2012, and in November 2012 BSNC purchased AGC and all interests from NOVAGOLD, which included the Rock Creek Mine. Currently AGC (under the ownership of BSNC) is reevaluating the feasibility of the project before commencing final (Phase II) reclamation.


Permits, Authorizations, and Financial Assurance
Financial Assurance

State Agency Response to Comments on the Draft Reclamation Plan Approval (F20129578) for the Rock Creek Mine – February 3, 2012

State Agency Response to Comments on 2006 Draft Authorizations - August 9, 2006

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District

Corps suspends permit for Rock Creek Mine (12/07/06)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – AlaskaDistrict News Release No. 06-016

Corps announces intent to reissue permit for Rock Creek Mine (02/27/07)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District News Release No. 07-004

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reissues permit for Rock Creek Mine (03/13/07)

Support Documents

Documents submitted by Alaska Gold Company to the State of Alaska in support of 2006 project authorizations:

Rock Creek Project Plan of Operations

Volume 1: Project Description

Volume 2: Environmental Information Document (EID)

EID Appendices

Volume 3: Waste Management Plans

Volume 4: Reclamation Plan and Cost Estimate

Volume 5: Water Management Reports

Volume 6: Thermal and Seepage Evaluation

Volume 7: Monitoring Plan

Volume 8: Geochemistry and Groundwater Report

Archive of Applications, Draft Project Authorizations, and 2006 Public Process

Annual Meetings and Annual Reports

Rock Creek Mine & Big Hurrah Project 2012 Annual Report  (posted 3/11/13)

Electronic Data

  • Rock Creek_2012_InjectionWellData.xlsx
  • Rock Creek_2012_WaterChemistryData.xlsx
    • Surface Water
    • Monitoring Wells
    • IWF
    • Contained Water
    • WTP

Note:  You can request and receive Appendix A and these electronic data by contacting
Sharmon Stambaugh, DNR OPMP
(907) 269-0880 or

Archive of Annual Meetings and Reports

For More Information Contact

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team
Kyle Moselle
Large Mine Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting
400 Willoughby Avenue, Suite 400
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone:(907) 465-6849
Fax: (907) 586-2954

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