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Crescent Creek panning area

Evidence of early hand mining exists on Crescent Creek and suction dredgjng has been done on the upper parts of the drainage. Crescent Creek from the bridge on Quartz Creek Road to its junction with Quartz Creek is available for recreational panning (see Figure 10). Access the area by turning onto Quartz Creek Road off the Sterling Highway, 7.4 miles from the Seward-Sterling Highway junction. Bear left at intersections for 2.7 miles to the Crescent Creek bridge. Turn left past the bridge into the Crescent Creek campground. For day use, park in the day-use parking area.

Fine gold is disseminated through the clay-rich, bouldery gravels along Crescent Creek, just south of the campground. The gravels form an alluvial fan, where the creek exits nearby mountainous terrain. That creek portion, stretching for 600 feet below the bridge, produces flat to ragged, slightly crystalline, flakes up to 2 mm in size. Clay-rich gravels are best for holding gold. The south side of the creek has mining claims.

Because of king salmon spawning, Crescent Creek is only open to suction dredging from May 15 to July 15 with a free permit from ADF&G.

Old hydraulic workings on claims can be seen just south of the Crescent Creek trailhead. Respect active mining claims located on the upper portions of the creek, above the bridge.


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