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File Created: 12-Jan-1987 by Mary McLean (MM)
Last Edit:  08-Jun-2023 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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Name SNOWY CREEK PLACER Mining Division Liard
BCGS Map 104P022
Status Past Producer NTS Map 104P05E
Latitude 059º 15' 59'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 129º 38' 36'' Northing 6569892
Easting 463325
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C01 : Surficial placers
C02 : Buried-channel placers
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Slide Mountain, Cassiar
Capsule Geology

The Snowy Creek Placer occurrence is located along Snowy Creek (a northern tributary of McDame Creek), approximately 95 kilometres north of the community of Dease Lake.

The area is underlain by quartzite, argillite, greenstone, and limestone of the Triassic to Permian Slide Mountain Complex. Numerous gold-quartz veins are reported in the vicinity in the metavolcanics (see the Snowy Creek [MINFILE 104P 014] and Bozo [MINFILE 104P 076] occurrences on Snowy Creek).

The mouth of the creek was the most productive, as well as a high bench containing old channel deposits. Placer gold is also reported at an elevation of approximately 1300 metres in a small creek draining into Snowy Creek near its junction with McDame Creek.

Work History

Workings from 1874 to 1890 and from 1906 to 1910 produced in total 120 kilograms (4222 ounces) of gold. Snowy Creek was reported to be the richest placer in the Cassiar district.

In 1979, Erickson Gold Mining completed a 2.5 line-kilometre seismic survey on the section of McDame Creek immediately above and below its’ junction with Snowy Creek to identify the depth of overburden and possible placer deposits in the area.

In 2013 and 2014, Canada Rockies International Investment completed a 1.1 line-kilometre resistivity survey and an air photo interpretation program on the area to identify possible intact placer deposits.

EMPR AR 1875-604; 1876-410,412,414; 1877-400; 1879(table); 1882(table); 1884-1889 (in tables); 1889-278; 1899-610; *1931-61
EMPR ASS RPT 8078, 12499, 34500, 35334
EMPR BULL 28, pp. 57,60; 83
EMPR EXPL 1989-229-236
EMPR FIELDWORK 1980, pp. 55-62; 1981, pp. 156-161; 1987, pp. 245-248
EMPR MP MAP 1992-13
EMPR OF 1988-32; 1989-9; 1996-11
EMPR PF (Wilms, R.G. (1955): The Commercial Outlook of the McDame Creek Watershed,(1978): General Report on Placer Gold, Gold Quartz and Base Metal Mining in Northern British Columbia, Canada, (1980): Report, In Part, (1981): Report on 1000 Million Cubic Yards of Placer Gold-Bearing Gravels in the McDame Valley, Northern British Columbia)
EMPR PFD 20189, 20350, 887789, 674351
GSC MAP 318A; 1110A
GSC MEM 194, p. 13; 319, p. 112
GSC OF 2779