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File Created: 07-Apr-2014 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)
Last Edit:  08-Apr-2014 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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Name MUIR CREEK PLACER Mining Division Victoria
BCGS Map 092B041
Status Showing NTS Map 092B05W
Latitude 048º 24' 37'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 123º 52' 29'' Northing 5362272
Easting 435269
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C01 : Surficial placers
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

Muir Creek flows south from its headwaters on Mount Muir to the coast at Orveas Bay.

The area is underlain by basalt and basaltic pillow lavas of the Eocene Metchosin Volcanics. Metamorphic rock (slaty schists) of the Jurassic to Cretaceous Leech River Complex is exposed to the north. The Leech River Fault separates these and stretches from west of Victoria westward along the Leech River and Loss Creek valleys, reaching the coast near Sombrio Point.

Placer gold occurs almost exclusively in the gravels of the streams that drain the area that is underlain by the slaty schists of the Jurassic to Cretaceous Leech River Complex (Formation). Fairly coarse gold may be found in the gravels of virtually all these streams. The gold in recent gravel deposits is likely derived from the numerous quartz veins that occur in the slaty schists. These veins are seldom more than small stringers and lenses a few centimetres wide and approximately 1 metre in length. The only metallic minerals in the veins are a little pyrite or chalcopyrite and free gold. The veins are generally too small and too barren to be profitably mined.

The creek cuts a Tertiary canyon into Eocene Carmanah Group sedimentary rocks and Metchosin Volcanics. The gravels consist of semi-rounded boulders, from 0.3 to 1.2 metres in size, in fine sand with minor clay. The gravel is reported to be from 2.4 to 4.5 metres in depth.

It appears that most of the gold is derived from bars or in crevices in the bedrock of the river bed, or from benches along the side of the creek.

The placer deposits were discovered in the late 1800’s in association with placer gold exploration on the island, following the discovery of the Leech River Placers (MINFILE 092B 078) in the 1860’s. Minor work by local prospectors has continued through to present.

In 1928 (?), a section of creek, extending from tidewater for approximately 3.2 kilometres upstream, was prospected by J.S. Stevenson. Colours of gold were reported to be found in all pans taken while prospecting the creek.

EMPR PF (*Stevenson, J.C. (unknown): A Brief Description of Ground Covered by the Collard-King Placer Leases on Muir and China Creeks)
GSC MAP 42A; 1386A; 1553A
GSC MEM 13; 36; 96
GSC OF 463; 701
GSC P 72-44; 75-1A, p. 23; 79-30