MAPS OF THE CARIBOO/CHILCOTIN AND FRASER RIVER DRAINAGE

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Map of the know Gold Bearing Areas of the Cariboo /Chilcotin and Fraser River Drainage, the pink areas are known Gold alluvial placer areas that have been prospected and sometimes work since the 1860s.

 

The red areas are known Gold lode (hard rock) deposits that have been prospected and some are being worked some are in development and some are still just prospects. The blue areas are known mineral deposits of copper, molly, coal and other industrial minerals.

This map is from around the 1980s and since then more prospecting has discovered many more mineral deposits throughout the Cariboo/Chilcotin and there is still 1000s of square miles/kilometres of country waiting for someone to prospect.

Cariboo Gold Field Map     Keithly Creek Map

Harvey Creek Map              Maps of Cariboo Claims 1888

 

Most of the creeks, streams, and rivers that drain into the Fraser River are gold bearing to some degree, and there are some that have never been worked, basically virgin ground.

 

The best place I would recommend for the novice or recreational prospector to start is the Fraser River, as you will be able to find some gold in pretty much each pan, and the Fraser River is easily accessible in a number spots.

 

There are a couple of Recreational Panning Sites, at Yale, Lytton, Lillooet, and Quesnel, parking and close to amenities' and services.

 

There are also a number of roads and bridges that cross the Fraser River, at Big Bar, Dog Creek, Sheep Creek, Rudy Johnson Bridge, Soda Creek , Quesnel and so forth.  So the opportunities for some prospecting and recreational panning are endless, just have to get out there and do it.  Do check into Mineral Titles Online before hand to make sure you’re not claim jumping.

 


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The Goggle Map here is centered on the Quesnel River area, I have found that the topographical features are really pretty good for showing the potential of old ancient river beds and channels.

 

Practice looking at them, and with experience you will be able to see potential land formations that could show old channels, benches and terraces, all worth while checking out.

 

The next Goggle Map centers on the Fraser and Chilcotin River system, from Williams Lake to the Gold Bridge country, there are good gold bearing gravels all the way down the Fraser River.

 

The Chilcotin and Chilco River systems are also gold bearing placer rivers, with most of the drainage system on the south side of the Chilcotin River having good gold placer deposit potential,

Taseko Mines is currently developing a Gold and Copper mine past the southern tip of Chilco Lake.

 

So use the maps to help plan your trip into the Cariboo/Chilcotin,

have an outdoor adventure of a lifetime, and remember to take your prospecting and gold panning equipment along.


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Cariboo Mining District 1888

Keithly Creek and Snowshoe Creek 1888

Harvey Creek 1888

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