"One of the most important mineral trends of northwestern British Columbia extends from near the town of Stewart north to the Treaty Glacier" - Nelson / Kyba, British Columbia Geological Survery, Ministry of energy and Mines 2014
The Bear River package of claims lies within this mineral trend.
This trend is the richest area of British Columbia's world renound “Golden Triangle”. The Bear River Property is located at the southern end of this trend, the Electrum property in the middle, and the Treaty Creek property at the north end.
The 475 hectare Bear River property is part of a highly strategic package of mineral claims acquired by American Creek in 2016. The three contiguous properties (Bear River, Dunwell, Silvershot) now spans some 1,560 hectares covering a significant portion of the heavily mineralized Portland Canal Fissure Zone which lies in "One of the most important mineral trends of northwestern British Columbia extending from near the town of Stewart north to the Treaty Glacier" - Nelson / Kyba, British Columbia Geological Survey, Ministry of Energy and Mines, 2014.
Collectively the properties contain close to two dozen main showings of high-grade gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper. Of these, over half have been explored underground and 7 or 8 have shipped ore. The most significant of which is the Dunwell Mine which produced 45,657 tonnes averaging 6.63 grams per tonne gold, 223.91 grams per tonne silver, 1.83 per cent lead, 4.01 per cent zinc and 0.056 per cent copper (gold equivalent of over 13 g/t or approximately $500/t rock). The mine was in production in the 1930s with no significant work being done on it until 2010 when drilling showed the potential to develop more reserves under the historic ones at similar grades.
Several occurrences of gold and silver mineralization hosted in epithermal quartz veins and gold with massive sulphides in altered volcanics have been documented on the Property. Some of the showings like the “Victoria” (11t of 20g/t gold, 775g/t silver, 25% lead, and 5% zinc) had production with the ore being processed at the nearby Dunwell mine.
The principle target is the Hill Top Zone, covering an area 500m by 300m which consists mainly of silicified and pyritized volcanic, sedimentary and intrusive rocks. An IP survey on this zone identified an area of high chargeability confirming the presence of a large amount of sulphides in a silicified area. Soil sampling confirmed the IP results.
This group of properties may have some of the best logistics in B.C.’s Golden Triangle. The group is located approximately 8km north of Stewart B.C. with Highway #37a running through the western edge of them. They range from close to sea level to 700m above sea level making them very accessible even in the winter time for exploration and potential mine reactivation.
The thick yellow outline is the outter edge of the Bear River (north), Dunwell (middle), and Silvershot (south) properties. Red lines are faults (center one is part of fissure zone). Thin yellow line (in middle) is Highway 37A and thin yellow line (on left) is the Alaska border. This view is looking north north west.
In this view looking east you see Dunwell's proximity to IDM's Red Mountin 11km to the east, Skeena's Porter Idaho (historical mine) 10km to the south and Ascot's Premier Mine 7km to the west. All three surrounding projects are at various stages of moving towards production.