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File Created: 14-Aug-1986 by Gary R. Foye (GRF)
Last Edit:  27-Feb-1989 by David G. Bailey (DGB)

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Name STEWART CREEK, STUART CREEK Mining Division Cariboo
BCGS Map 093H012
Status Past Producer NTS Map 093H04E
Latitude 053º 11' 10'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 121º 36' 31'' Northing 5893878
Easting 592972
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C01 : Surficial placers
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Barkerville
Capsule Geology

Placer gold deposits of the Quesnel Highland region, including the former rich producers of the Barkerville camp, have accounted for a large proportion of British Columbia's alluvial gold production. With the exception of a few producers in the Wingdam area, which are underlain by Upper Triassic sediments correlative with the Nicola Group, almost all the deposits are underlain by the Upper Proterozoic to Lower Paleozoic Snowshoe Group. These predominantly metasediment- ary rocks have been metamorphosed to greenschist facies.

Placer gold deposits in the region are generally found in relatively young Pleistocene gravels. The morphology and mineral associations of the gold suggests that it was derived locally, the most obvious sources are the numerous auriferous veins in the Downey succession of the Snowshoe Group.

The main placer gold production from Stewart Creek was apparently from underground workings.

"Data from the Cariboo mining district indicate that supergene leaching of gold dispersed within massive sulphides by Tertiary deep weathering followed by Cenozoic erosion is the most likely explanation for the occurrence of coarse gold nuggets in Quaternary sediments" (Exploration in British Columbia 1989, page 147).

EMPR AR 1893-1037; 1896-510; 1900-737; 1901-962; 1902-120; 1910-44
EMPR EXPL 1989, pp. 147-169
EMPR BULL 28, pp. 22,30
EMPR FIELDWORK 1990, pp. 331-356; 1992, pp. 463-473
GSC SUM RPT 1933A, p. 60
GSC MEM 149, p. 135
EMPR PFD 681607