Kensington Mine, Lynn Canal

Kensington Mine, Lynn Canal

by | May 2, 2020

The Kensington underground gold mine and associated milling facilities are located near Berners Bay, with an access road leading to the eastern shore of Lynn Canal, about 41 miles (66 km) northwest of Juneau and 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Haines, Alaska. Lynn Canal is a fjord that extends for 60 miles (97 km) south from Chilkat Island to Chatham Strait, 22 miles (35 km) west of Juneau. The passage was first charted by Joseph Whidbey during Vancouver’s expedition and named after King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England, the birthplace of Captain George Vancouver.

The Kensington Mine is expected to produce about 125,000 ounces (3,544 kg) of gold annually in the early years of operation. Over the 10-year life of the mine, Kensington is expected to produce more than 1 million total ounces (28,350 kg) of gold. Mining will be conducted underground via ramp access. Kensington will use an on-site flotation mill to produce a concentrate that will be shipped elsewhere for processing.

The road to the mine is not connected to the state highway system, access is by either a combination of road vehicles, boat, helicopter, floatplane, or by boat directly from Juneau. Read more here and here. Explore more of Lynn Canal and Kensington Mine here:

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