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File Created: 25-Nov-1995 by Jay W. Page (JWP)
Last Edit:  25-Jan-1996 by Jay W. Page (JWP)

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Name BOLIVAR CREEK, MITCHELL, OKA Mining Division Osoyoos
BCGS Map 082E071
Status Showing NTS Map 082E13W
Latitude 049º 47' 38'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 119º 56' 33'' Northing 5519869
Easting 288235
Commodities Silver, Gold, Lead, Molybdenum Deposit Types I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
I01 : Au-quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel, Plutonic Rocks
Capsule Geology

The BOLIVAR CREEK showing is located on the east side of Bolivar Creek on the OKA claims, approximately 14 kilometres west-northwest of Peachland.

This area is underlain by granodiorite and diorite of the Early Jurassic Pennask Batholith. The Triassic-Jurassic Nicola Group andesite, with lesser interbedded hornfelsed siltstone and skarn, form several northwest-southeast trending pendants in the Greata and Peachland creek valleys.

Exploration in this area, for gold bearing quartz veins and shear zones, dates back to the 1890s when the ALMA MATER (082ENW017) and the SILVER KING (082ENW018) were developed. During the 1960s and early 1970s the entire area west of Okanagan Lake was subject to a major exploration effort directed at copper-molybdenum porphyry deposits.

Beginning in 1986 the gold potential of Nicola Group skarns was investigated by Fairfield Minerals Ltd. During the following 2 years Fairfield carried out a major program of soil sampling, prospecting, linecutting, geological mapping, magnetometer surveys, trenching and 6000 metres of reverse circulation drilling. Exploration focused on a number of mineral occurrences within the Nicola Group, including: BOLIVAR WEST (082ENW098), BOLIVAR EAST (082ENW099), BOLIVAR ROAD (082ENW100), IRON HORSE (082ENW025), and CAP (082ENW026).

In 1991, Fairfield Minerals Ltd. undertook a prospecting program on the gold potential of quartz veins on their OKA claim group. A 0.5-metre wide quartz vein, comprising the Bolivar Creek showing, occurs on the east side of Bolivar Creek, approximately 700 metres to the southwest of the BOLIVAR EAST (082ENW099) showing. Assay results from this vein are 103.7 grams per tonne silver, but only 0.002 gram per tonne gold (Assessment Report 21923). A previous sample taken in 1986 had assayed 47 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 15834). This vein also contained minor limonite, pyrite, arsenopyrite and galena.

In 1994, a hole (38.4 metres) was drilled to test continuity of the mineralized quartz vein. Molybdenum in quartz veins was intersected.

EMPR ASS RPT *15834, 16761, 16788, 18711, *21923, *24026
EMPR EXPL 1987-C36; 1988-C24
EMPR OF 1994-8
EMPR PF (See 082ENW017)
GSC MAP 538A; 15-1961; 1701A; 1712A; 1713A; 1714A; 1736A; 7686G; 8522G
GSC OF 409; 736; 1969
N MINER Dec. 15, 1986
Placer Dome File