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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  01-Apr-2022 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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NMI 093A12 Au1
Name GOLD CREEK, MOOSE, EASY, LUKIN Mining Division Cariboo
BCGS Map 093A063
Status Prospect NTS Map 093A12E
Latitude 052º 37' 18'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 121º 32' 15'' Northing 5831200
Easting 599000
Commodities Gold, Silver, Copper, Zinc, Lead Deposit Types I01 : Au-quartz veins
I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel, Kootenay
Capsule Geology

The Moose or Gold Creek showing is located 2 kilometres northeast of Likely, on the east side of Poquette Creek. The showing occurs along "Gold Creek", a small creek (usually dry or reduced to a trickle in the summer months) that empties into Poquette Creek. The name Gold Creek has been used by early prospectors in the region. The Miecznik property is located on the opposite side of Poquette creek, north of Likely. Access is readily available along the Keithley Creek road.

The showing is located towards the eastern margin of the Quesnel Terrane near its contact with the Barkerville Terrane. In this region, the rocks consist of the lower part of an assemblage of Upper Triassic to Lower Jurassic volcanic and sedimentary rocks correlative with the Nicola Group.

Quartz stringers cut Middle-Upper Triassic black phyllite with interbedded mafic tuff. These stringers contain minor amounts of chalcopyrite, sphalerite, galena and arsenopyrite with anomalous gold and silver values. Pervasive pyritization of the wallrocks has occurred. Augite porphyry outcrops on the Easy claims and has been encountered in drilling. In 1987, diamond drilling on the Easy claims resulted in a chip sample which assayed 0.0561 per cent copper, 0.2 gram per tonne silver, 0.305 gram per tonne gold over 1.5 metres of augite porphyry containing 5 per cent quartz and trace pyrite (Assessment Report 16669).

The Gold Creek section is exposed along a steep escarpment crudely triangular in shape. The exposure is 25-30 metres wide at the foot of the escarpment and about 30 metres in height. This section also partly outcrops on the north side of Gold Creek, and also to the west just across the Poquette Valley near Potter's Mill. The section is characterized by an orange iron oxide coating (limonite) and is predominantly comprised of partly silicified, carbonate altered, competent (brittle), fine to medium grained volcanically derived tuffaceous wacke. The tuff/wacke unit is generally massive and buff to pale green when fresh. Bedding is rare and where observed is generally finely laminated, striking north and dipping 40-45 degrees east. There are at least two sets of structurally controlled gold-bearing quartz vein systems hosted in the tuffaceous wacke. The first set occurs along joints or cleavage fractures; the second set occurs as a series of narrow (1-4 centimetre), subparallel quartz veins, dipping steeply to the north and striking east. This second set of veining cuts across the bedding and the first set of veins. Mineralization within the quartz veins consists of very fine (about 1 millimetre) size native gold and occasionally a fine sulphide assemblage of galena, sphalerite and pyrite. Along the quartz vein walls pyrite can range between 5-10 per cent; and in the host rock it is usually 1-3 per cent. Where observed, the gold has been found as fine, free individual crystalline grains i) along the walls of the quartz veins; ii) along walls of cubic pyrite; iii) with limonitic pyrite and, iv) occasionally with galena. The highest values of gold have been obtained from the oxidized, limonitic walls of the veins. Based on assay results, a weighted average grade for the base of the Gold Creek section was calculated, averaging 4.32 grams per tonne gold across 20.5 metres (Assessment Report 29919).

Gold Creek is reported to have been worked by prospectors in the early 1900s. At the point where the creek emerges from a gully to merge with Poquette Valley, early prospectors noted a system of quartz stringers in bedrock at, and just above creek level. Subsequently these stringers were investigated by an adit (and winze?) now concealed under talus, and later by blasting and 'cat' trenching to open the showings. Results of this early work are not known and no records appear to be in existence. A series of EM surveys were completed on the Lukin and Miecznik properties in 1965. In 1977, prospector R. Mickle staked ground including the old workings on Gold Creek. From 1978 through to the late 1980s the showing area experienced various exploration surveys by several different exploration and mining companies. In 1978, Silver Standard Mines Ltd. optioned the claims from Mickle and conducted limited geochemical surveys followed by four diamond-drill holes in the Gold Creek-Poquette Valley area. In October 1979, D. Cardinal and Dr. J. Godfrey of the University of Alberta examined the Gold Creek showing; rock sampling yielded 1.7 and 8.7 grams per tonne gold across 20.7 metres. In 1980, Aquarius Resources Ltd. acquired most of the claims in the Likely area from Mickle and partnered with Carolin Mines Ltd. Between 1980-83, reconnaissance geochemical soil surveys and airborne EM and magnetometer surveys were completed. In 1984-86, Mt. Calvery Resources Ltd. in joint venture with Carolin conducted a comprehensive geochemical exploration program which included backhoe trenching (11 trenches) and 62 additional test pits to test both geochemical and induced polarization conductors. In 1987, Dome Exploration (Canada) Ltd. conducted a 28 percussion-drillhole program on four of the soil anomalies outlined from Mt. Calvery surveys. In 1989, Corona Corporation optioned the ground from Carolin Mines Ltd. and conducted reconnaissance and rock sampling of the known anomalous areas; Corona subsequently dropped their option. Other than a small block of claims covering Gold Creek held by R. Mickle, the surrounding ground eventually came open and lay dormant for several years.

In 2006, Bullion Gold Corp. began acquiring ground in the Likely area. In the summer of 2006, Bullion Gold Corp. purchased the Gold Creek claims from R. Mickle and during the summer of 2007, detailed geological mapping and sampling surveys were completed over the showing. A continuous chip sample, taken across 20.5 metres, had an average assay of 4.34 grams per tonne gold; including 9.55 grams per tonne gold across 8.5 metres (Assessment Report 30797). In the fall of 2006, five rock samples were collected from the area yielding up to 15.65 grams per tonne gold (Sample 06GOW025; Owsiacki, G. (2008-02-09): Technical Report – Geological Summary Cariboo Goldfields Property).

In 2008, Bullion Gold conducted an 11-hole drill program on behalf of Tiex Inc. on the Gold Creek zone on the west side of the Poquette Valley. Due to poor recoveries of drillcore the zone was not thoroughly investigated. However, sampling of the core indicated a significant gold zone in drillholes GC08-1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Drillhole GC08-11 on the west side of the Poquette Valley encountered a short section of the Gold Creek zone near the top of the hole (Assessment Report 32208).

In 2010, Bullion Gold completed a two-hole drill program on behalf of Tiex Inc. on the east side of the Poquette Valley on the Gold Creek zone. Significant results were found in both holes, with highlights including 3.05 metres grading 1.68 grams per tonne gold in hole GC-10-2 (Assessment Report 31630).

In 2011, Tiex Inc. completed airborne geophysical surveys and a 1037-metre drill program. Highlights of this program include drillhole GC11-15, which returned 1.5 metres grading 3.261 grams per tonne gold (Press Release, Tiex Inc., January 23, 2012). In 2012, Tiex Inc. was restructured and renamed Bullion Gold Resources Corp.

In 2016, Eureka Resources Inc. optioned the Gold Creek property and over the following two years and completed seven diamond drill holes, totalling 1271.0 metres, on the Camp zone. This work demonstrated the continuity of the mineralized zone and extended it along strike with narrow high-grade intersections of up to 32.2 grams per tonne gold over 1.50 metres in hole GC18-39 and broader low-grade intersections of up to 0.7 gram per tonne gold over 50.21 metres in hole GC18-36 (KORE Mining Ltd. [2020-12-16]: Technical Report on the South Cariboo Property, British Columbia, Canada).

In 2019 and 2020, KORE Mining Ltd. completed programs of prospecting, geochemical (rock and soil) sampling and at least one diamond drill hole on the area as part of the South Cariboo property.

EMPR AR 1933-A136; 1967-122
EMPR EXPL 1978-E192; 1979-208; 1980-310; 1987-C249
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 139-145,147-153; 1988, pp. 167-172
EMPR OF 1987-9; 1989-14, 20; 1990-31
EMPR P 1990-3
GSC MAP 12-1959; 1424A; 1538G
GSC OF 574; 844
CJES Vol.25, pp. 1608-1617
PR REL Tiex Inc., Jan. 23, 2012
*Owsiacki, G. (2008-02-09): Technical Report – Geological Summary Cariboo Goldfields Property
*KORE Mining Ltd. (2020-12-16): Technical Report on the South Cariboo Property, British Columbia, Canada