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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  09-Apr-2015 by Laura deGroot (LDG)

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NMI 104N5,6 Au1
Name MCKEE CREEK Mining Division Atlin
BCGS Map 104N043
Status Past Producer NTS Map 104N05E
Latitude 059º 27' 53'' UTM 08 (NAD 83)
Longitude 133º 33' 30'' Northing 6592686
Easting 581704
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C02 : Buried-channel placers
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Cache Creek, Plutonic Rocks
Capsule Geology

McKee Creek flows west and southwest into Atlin Lake about 14 kilometres south of the community of Atlin. The creek is about 12 kilometres long and has been worked primarily in the middle-third section of its length. Hydraulic mining was started in 1903 and accounted for most of the gold recovered from McKee Creek. Some underground work was also done on the creek in the mid-1930s. From 1898 to 1945, approximately 1,369,123 grams of gold were recovered from the creek making it the 5th largest producer in the Atlin Camp (Bulletin 28).

The creek flows over primarily mafic greenstone of the upper Mississippian to Permian Nakina Formation (Cache Creek Complex) and upper Mississippian to Permian ultramafic rocks (Cache Creek Complex). Cherts and argillites of the Mississippian to Triassic Kedahda Formation (Cache Creek Complex) overlie the Nakina Formation and are exposed at higher elevations. There is also a small exposure midway down the creek of quartz veins within a shear zone hosted in chert and near a small diorite plug (see Harvey, 104N 117).

The stratigraphy of McKee Creek consists of a thick till overlying a 30 metre thick glacial-fluvial sequence. Underlying this is a layer of coarse boulders which overlays the auriferous channel gravels. The gold can be very coarse, and as elsewhere in Atlin, it is found in fractures in highly weathered bedrock down to a depth of 1.2 to 1.8 metres.

Bibliography
EMPR AR 1898-987; 1899-610,647,649,653; 1900-740,754,757,775,779; 1901-984; 1902-36,37,40; 1903-43,46; 1904-57,73,87,94; 1905-69,75; 1906-48,57; 1907-48,53; 1908-45,52; 1909-21,49; 1910-21,51; 1911-55; 1912-55; 1913-67; 1914-74,86; 1915-59; 1916-43; 1917-76; 1918-96,97; 1919-88; 1920-71; 1921-83,122; 1924-81; 1925-117; 1926-109; 1927-110,115; 1928-122; 1929-428; 1930-127,357; 1932-66; 1933-83; 1935-B28,G47; 1936-B59; 1937-B44; 1938-B30; 1939-103; 1940-89; 1941-84; 1942-84; 1945-124; 1946-195; 1947-188; 1948-173; 1949-239; 1950-197; 1951-202; 1952-236; 1953-174; 1954-168; 1955-82; 1956-138; 1957-73; 1958-78; 1959-146; 1960-121; 1961-127; 1962-137; 1966-254; 1967-294
EMPR ASS RPT 5799, 6324, 6464, 11912, *13134, 13307, 14507, 14336, 15620
EMPR BULL 1 (1931); 2 (1930); 28
EMPR EXPL 1975-E76; 1977-E238; 1983-550; 1984-400; 1985-C397; 1987-C392
EMPR GEM 1969-375; 1970-483; 1971-446; 1972-570; 1973-529; 1974-363,364
EMPR MAP 17
EMPR MISC PUB (Stratigraphy of the Placers in Atlin, Placer Mining Camp, P.J. & W.M. Proudlock, 1976)
EMPR OF 1990-6; 1996-11
EMPR P 1984-2
EMPR PF (Black, J.M. (1953): Atlin Placer Camp, Unpublished Report, 116 pages)
GSC MEM 307
GSC OF 864
GSC P 74-47
GSC SUM RPT XII; XIII

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