Stephen Lake Group: Historic work in the vicinity of the Stephens stock dates back to the late 1960’s when VMS exploration started taking place in the area. Minor drilling and numerous geophysical surveys were conducted in the volcanics surrounding the stock. Gold exploration within the stock itself has taken place since 2003.
2003: work by Endurance Gold, consisted of reconnaissance prospecting, geological mapping, and sampling resulting in the discovery of the Starlyght Showing. Grab samples from this showing ranged from 3.19 to 47.29g/t Au. Following the discovery of the gold zone, line‐cutting took place on the northwest side of the intrusion totaling 25 line‐kilometers. Subsequent washing and channel sampling of the Starlyght Zone took place totaling 93 samples for 87.5m in 15 separate channels across the zone. Highlights included 4.22g/t Au over 10.0m.
2004: Drilled a 850.4m seven hole diamond drilling program on the Starlyght Showing. All seven holes returned anomalous gold with a best intercept of 1.79g/t over 7.0m.
2005: was the commencement of humus sampling, prospecting and geological mapping of the established grid from 2003. 938 humus and 78 rock samples were collected and analyzed for gold. Of the rock samples, 15 of them were greater than 0.5g/t Au returning a high of 14.09g/t Au.
2007: North American Uranium Corp. completed a three hole, diamond drilling program during March 2007, in the vicinity of the Starlyght and Weisener Lake North Showings for a total of 765.0 meters. Highlighted assays included 1.178g/t Au over 7.7m in hole DP‐07‐08, 1.4g/t Au over 5.0m in hole DP‐07‐09, and 0.564g/t Au over 3.8m in hole DP‐07‐10.
2008 – 2018: work by Metals Creek Resources has consisted of multiple prospecting expeditions, line‐cutting, ground induced polarization and two programs of mechanical trenching. A total of 253 grab samples have been collected by MEK with 20 samples exceeding 5.0g/t Au and a highest grade grab of 29.47g/t Au. Between 2012 and 2018 the focus has been on mechanical stripping over overburden in areas of prospecting success in the northwest quadrant of the property for a total of 504 channel or cut grab samples. Nine trenches in 2012 exposed bedrock and subsequent channeling and chipping have taken place along with geological trench mapping. Trenching in 2012 was focused on the following showings: D‐zone (1.42 g/t Au over 10.0m), Baseline (1.43g/t Au over 21.0m including 2.27 g/t Au over 11.0m), Ladder Vein (0.59 g/t Au over 15.0m), Blue (1.03 g/t Au over 20.0m) and Busch (1.94 g/t Au over 6.6m).
The 2016 trenching program focused on the D‐Zone and the surrounding area was the focus of the majority of the trenching with one additional trench south of the Busch/Blue zones and a small pit in the middle of the intrusion totaling approximately 925m2. The trenches generally do not exceed 43 meters in length with an average width of 3 meters. The trenching was carried out to try and expose more mineralization on surface as well as identify key structural components to the mineralized zones. Mixed results were achieved as some of the trenches unearthed barren gabbro and massive granodiorite where as others yielded well altered and mineralized granodiorite. The trenching continues to show the complexity of the mineralization and structure of the area. Highlights include 0.94g/t Au over 12.0m including 1.44g/t Au over 6.0m (trench STR13).