The Whitetail district is located in the drainage of Whitetail Creek north of Whitehall. Although little mining activity occurred in the area, the district designation provides a geographic designation for isolated mining claims and mines in the area.

The only recorded production from the Whitetail district occurred in 1948 when 12 tons of ore were shipped. This ore yielded 42 ounces of silver, 100 pounds of copper , 2300 pounds of lead and 1100 pounds of zinc together worth $618. The district has produced little additional ore (Roby et al. 1960; Steere 1979).


Neither Sahinen (1935) nor Lyden (1948) described the Whitetail district in their discussions of mining districts in Montana.

Roby et al (1960) states that the district lies adjacent to the Big Pipestone district on the east and embraces an area surrounding Whitetail reservoir. Figure 1 shows the district as defined by the AMRB (1994) with the area described by Roby et al. (1960).


No significant mines are located in this district.


Abandoned Mine Reclamation Bureau (AMRB)

1994 Mining districts of Montana. Maps 1:100,000 and Map #94-NRIS-129. Compiled and edited by Joel Chavez. Prepared by Montana State Library Natural Resource Information System (NRIS) for Montana Department of State Lands. Helena

Beck, Barb S.

1986 "Cultural Resource Inventory of the Halfway Creek Irrigation Diversion", Deerlodge National Forest, Jefferson Ranger District.

Lyden, Charles J.

1948 "The Gold Placers of Montana",

Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology Memoir 26

. Montana School of Mines, Butte.

Roby, R. N., W. C. Ackerman, F. B. Fulkerson and F. A. Crowley


Mines and Mineral Deposits (Except Fuels), Jefferson County

, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology Bulletin 16, Montana School of Mines, Butte, Montana.

Sahinen, Uuno M.

1935 "Mining Districts of Montana", Thesis, Montana School of Mines, Butte.

Steere, Peter L.

1979 "Cultural Resource Inventory and Evaluation, Homestake Pass Safety Federal Aid Project I-90-5(38)-233", Mineral Research Center, Butte.