Type: Placer Gold Claim
Location: Lillooet, British Columbia
The Hell Creek placer gold claim on the Bridge River is located 30 minutes West of Lillooet with year-round access. An extensive 9-10 month mining season is available due to its location in this arid and temperate river valley. There is approximately a half-kilometre of river front on both the North and South side of this claim that sits directly on an inside bend.
History abounds on this ground with evidence of old workings and decomposing sluice flumes running alongside the diggings in the old channel that sits up high and dry on the inside bend. Some glacial gravels also show on the North side of the claim amongst bedrock exposures. A large quartz seam runs through the bedrock on the North side of the river.
Access onto the claim is directly off Lillooet-Pioneer road otherwise known as Highway 12. There are established camping locations a few minutes in either direction with the site to the West suitable for a large trailer.
Historical records indicate that between 1902 and 1945, 31,290 grams of placer gold were recovered from the Bridge River (including the Horseshoe Bend placer). The gravels of the Bridge River at Horseshoe Bend are of four types, as follows:
- Gravels within the bed of the river. These are poorly sorted with boulders up to several tonnes within finer material. These gravels have been worked in isolated patches.
- Bank and bench gravels between low water and the river banks. Gold content of these gravels improved at depth but was difficult to reach.
- Gravel in cliffs which form the present banks of the river. These gravels consist of unconsolidated fluvial gravels interbedded with cemented gravels, or conglomerate. Gold in these gravels is distributed throughout.
- Gravels of the ancient river channel. Bedrock to these gravels is Shulaps serpentinite and Bridge River slate.
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In accordance with BC Mineral Tenure Act Section 60.2 - This property is offered for mining purposes only and ownership of the title does not include ownership of the surface rights or the right to use the surface for residential or recreational purposes.