West Red Lake Gold Intersects 45.20 g/t Au over 2m, 12.81 g/t Au over 2.3m and 33.47 g/t Au over 1.35m at Rowan Mine

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — West Red Lake Gold Mines Ltd. (“West Red Lake Gold” or “WRLG” or the “Company”) (TSXV: WRLG) (OTCQB: WRLGF) is pleased to report additional drill results from its 100% owned Rowan Property located in the prolific Red Lake Gold District of Northwestern Ontario, Canada.

Notably, Hole RLG-23-169 intersected 14.61 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold (“Au”) over 1.5 metres (“m”), including 42.62 g/t Au over 0.5m at approximately 420m vertical depth in the Vein 101 Zone. This represents an 84m down-dip extension to the previously reported 70.80 g/t Au over 8.3m in RLG-23-163B (September 12, 2023 news release) and demonstrates the down-dip continuity of this high-grade zone, which remains open at depth. Furthermore, high-grade intercepts encountered in holes RLG-23-165 and -166B on the Vein 101, 102 and 103 Zones were drilled outside of the December 2022 mineral resource domains indicating growth potential along strike, outside of the existing resource.


  • Hole RLG-23-166B Intersected 2m @ 45.20 g/t Au, from 297m to 299m, Including 0.5m @ 180.20 g/t Au, from 297.5m to 298m; and 4m @ 6.78 g/t Au, from 191m to 195m, Including 1.7m @ 14.15 g/t Au, from 191m to 192.7m.
  • Hole RLG-23-164 Intersected 0.5m @ 101.60 g/t Au, from 204.5m to 205m; and 1.35m @ 33.47 g/t Au, from 131m to 132.35m, Including 0.5m @ 90.20 g/t Au, from 131.85m to 132.35m.
  • Hole RLG-23-159 Intersected 2.3m @ 12.81 g/t Au, from 262.85m to 265.15m, Including 0.5m @ 56.43 g/t Au, from 263.85m to 264.35m; and 2.1m @ 12.43 g/t Au, from 247.4m to 249.5 m, Including 0.5m @ 42.98 g/t Au, from 247.4m to 247.9m.
  • Hole RLG-23-169 Intersected 1.5m @ 14.61 g/t Au, from 506m to 507.5m, Including 0.5m @ 42.62 g/t Au from 506m to 506.5m.

Shane Williams, President & CEO, stated, “The high-grade resource growth potential at the Rowan Mine target continues to be highlighted with this most recent round of drill results. Following on the heels of the highest-grade intercept ever drilled across the Rowan Property, the team successfully intercepted what is believed to be the same high-grade zone approximately 80m down-dip. This represents one of the deepest holes drilled within the high-grade East Zone and bodes well for future expansion opportunity at Rowan as the team continues to extend this highly prospective mineralized vein zone at depth and along strike.”

The high-grade mineralized vein zones encountered at the Rowan Mine target area ( the “Rowan Mine Target”) continue to exceed expectations, confirm the geologic model, and further improve the existing high-grade (9.2 g/t Au) 827,462 ounce Inferred Mineral Resource at the Rowan Mine. Sections for the Rowan Mine drilling outlined in this release are provided in Figures 1 through 7.

A total of 42 diamond drill holes for 15,772m have been completed so far in 2023 at the Rowan Mine target. Fire and metallic screen assays have been returned for 35 out of 42 holes completed, with 2 holes having partial assay results and 5 holes pending assays and QAQC.

TABLE 1. Significant intercepts (>3 g/t Au) from drilling at Rowan Mine Target.

Hole ID Target Zone From (m) To (m) Thick (m)* Au (g/t)
RLG-23-159 Rowan Mine V103 (hw) 108.85 109.35 0.50 3.59
AND Rowan Mine V101 (hw)

247.40 249.50 2.10 12.43
Incl. Rowan Mine 247.40 247.90 0.50 42.98
Also Incl. Rowan Mine 249.00 249.50 0.50 9.08
AND Rowan Mine V101 262.85 265.15 2.30 12.81
Incl. Rowan Mine 263.85 264.35 0.50 56.43
RLG-23-160 Rowan Mine V103 (fw) 178.50 179.00 0.50 4.02
AND Rowan Mine V103 (fw) 197.75 198.25 0.50 7.58
AND Rowan Mine V101 289.00 289.50 0.50 10.51
RLG-23-161 Rowan Mine V103 (fw) 181.05 183.00 1.95 4.49
Incl. Rowan Mine 181.05 182.00 0.95 8.88
RLG-23-162 Rowan Mine V103 (hw) 161.00 162.00 1.00 3.31
  Rowan Mine V102

308.35 310.25 1.90 4.83
Incl. Rowan Mine 309.50 310.25 0.75 9.97
AND Rowan Mine V102 (fw) 365.00 366.00 1.00 3.95
RLG-23-164 Rowan Mine V103 117.35 119.15 1.80 4.61
Incl. Rowan Mine 118.65 119.15 0.50 15.72
AND Rowan Mine V102 131.00 132.35 1.35 33.47
Incl. Rowan Mine 131.85 132.35 0.50 90.20
AND Rowan Mine V102 167.00 168.00 1.00 3.24
AND Rowan Mine V101 (hw) 204.50 205.00 0.50 101.60
RLG-23-165 Rowan Mine V102 214.00 214.50 0.50 21.58
AND Rowan Mine V102 218.00 219.00 1.00 7.77
RLG-23-166B Rowan Mine V103 138.00 139.50 1.50 3.56
AND Rowan Mine V102 191.00 195.00 4.00 6.78
Incl. Rowan Mine 191.00 192.70 1.70 14.15
AND Rowan Mine V101 (hw) 263.08 265.00 1.92 3.50
AND Rowan Mine V101 (hw) 265.60 266.10 0.50 3.44
AND Rowan Mine V101 297.00 299.00 2.00 45.20
Incl. Rowan Mine 297.50 298.00 0.50 180.20
AND Rowan Mine V100 328.00 329.00 1.00 5.13
Incl. Rowan Mine 328.50 329.00 0.50 9.85
RLG-23-169 Rowan Mine V104 (hw) 327.00 327.55 0.55 3.36
AND Rowan Mine V104 332.00 334.00 2.00 3.01
AND Rowan Mine V101 506.00 507.50 1.50 14.61
Incl. Rowan Mine 506.00 506.50 0.50 42.62

*The “From-To” intervals in Table 1 are denoting overall downhole length of the intercept. True thickness has not been calculated for these intercepts but is expected to be ≥ 60% of downhole thickness based on intercept angles observed in the drill core. Under ‘Zone’ column, (hw) is indicating ‘hanging wall to’ and (fw) is indicating ‘footwall to’ main vein zones.

Figure 1-Rowan Project Section Locator Plan

FIGURE 1. Deposit-scale plan map of Rowan Mine Target area showing traces and intercepts for holes highlighted in this News Release.

TABLE 2: Drill collar summary for holes reported in this News Release.

Hole ID Target Easting Northing Elev (m) Length (m) Azimuth Dip
RLG-23-159 Rowan Mine 422169 5657801 366 351 354 -53
RLG-23-160 Rowan Mine 422170 5657801 366 396 359 -59
RLG-23-161 Rowan Mine 422170 5657801 366 366 4 -51
RLG-23-162 Rowan Mine 422170 5657798 366 498 350 -71
RLG-23-164 Rowan Mine 422018 5657795 367 300 3 -45
RLG-23-165 Rowan Mine 422019 5657795 367 411 350 -63
RLG-23-166B Rowan Mine 422019 5657795 367 378 349 -56
RLG-23-169 Rowan Mine 422110 5657700 386 597 353 -63


The Rowan Mine Target consists of more than seven sub-parallel, near-vertical, east-west trending veins that are currently defined over a strike length of approximately 1.1 km– mineralization remains open along strike and at depth. The orientation of the veins at the Rowan Mine tend to follow the direction of D2 deformation, which is oriented in an east-west direction over this part of the property. Individual mineralized vein zones usually average 1.0 to 1.5m in thickness, with an overall thickness of the Rowan vein corridor at around 115m. Gold mineralization is typically localized within quartz-carbonate veins hosted within and along the ‘footwall’ margin of a porphyritic felsic intrusive, with increased grades often associated with the presence of visible gold and base metal sulphides (e.g. galena, sphalerite). High-grade dilation zones or ‘ore chutes’ along the Rowan vein trend have been recognized as important controls for localizing thicker and higher-grade zones of gold mineralization. The position and geometry of these dilation zones is well understood at Rowan.

The drilling completed at the Rowan Mine Target in 2023 has been focused on validating historical data across the Inferred Resource, and also infilling apparent gaps in the analytical data set which was a product of very selective sampling techniques implemented during previous drilling campaigns. Assay results received from the 2023 drilling program continue to confirm our thesis that quartz veining and gold mineralization continue at depth and along strike, with grades consistent with, or higher than those outlined in the current Inferred Mineral Resource which remains open in all directions. For example, the 100 Vein Zone – which is the furthest north vein currently modeled within the overall Rowan vein corridor – was previously interpreted to be a lower grade portion of the block model. Recent drilling has confirmed that higher grades are present within the 100 Vein Zone below 150m elevation, suggesting that gold grades are increasing at depth within this zone which is a trend that has been observed elsewhere in the Red Lake district. Drilling at the Rowan Mine Target area will continue with an emphasis on infill and expansion of the existing high-grade mineral resource.

Figure 2-Section1 Looking West

FIGURE 2. Rowan Mine drill section showing assay highlights for Holes RLG-23-164, -165, and -166B[1].

Figure 3-Section 2 Looking West

FIGURE 3. Rowan Mine drill section showing assay highlights for Hole RLG-23-169[1].

Figure 4-Section 3 Looking West

FIGURE 4. Rowan Mine drill section showing assay highlights for Holes RLG-23-159, -160, -161 and -162[1].

Figure 5-Vein 101 Long Section Looking North

FIGURE 5. Rowan Mine longitudinal section for Vein 101 showing 2023 intercepts > 3 g/t Au. Assay highlights from current press release shown in red[1].

Figure 6-Vein 102 Long Section Looking North

FIGURE 6. Rowan Mine longitudinal section for Vein 102 showing 2023 intercepts > 3 g/t Au. Assay highlights from current press release shown in red[1].

Figure 7-Vein 103 Long Section Looking North

FIGURE 7. Rowan Mine longitudinal section for Vein 103 showing 2023 intercepts > 3 g/t Au. Assay highlights from current press release shown in red[1].

High resolution versions of all the figures contained in this press release can be found at the following web address: https://westredlakegold.com/october-11th-news-release-maps/

Longitudinal sections showing all intercepts > 3 g/t Au on Veins 101, 102 and 103 can be viewed here: https://westredlakegold.com/august-1st-news-release-maps/.


Drilling completed at the Rowan Property consists of oriented NQ-sized diamond drill core. All drill holes are systematically logged, photographed, and sampled by a trained geologist at WRLG’s Mt. Jamie core processing facility. Minimum allowable sample length is 0.5m. Maximum allowable sample length is 1.5m. Standard reference materials and blanks are inserted at a targeted 5% insertion rate. The drill core is then cut lengthwise utilizing a diamond blade core saw along a line pre-selected by the geologist. To reduce sampling bias, the same side of drill core is sampled consistently utilizing the orientation line as reference. For those samples containing visible gold (“VG”), a trained geologist supervises the cutting/bagging of those samples, and ensures the core saw blade is ‘cleaned’ with a dressing stone following the VG sample interval. Bagged samples are then sealed with zip ties and transported by WRLG personnel directly to SGS Natural Resource’s Facility in Red Lake, Ontario for assay.

Samples are then prepped by SGS, which consists of drying at 105°C and crushing to 75% passing 2mm. A riffle splitter is then utilized to produce a 500g course reject for archive. The remainder of the sample is then pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns from which 50g is analyzed by fire assay and an atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) finish. Samples returning gold values > 5 g/t Au are reanalyzed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish on a 50g sample. Samples with visible gold are also analyzed via metallic screen analysis (SGS code: GO_FAS50M). For multi-element analysis, samples are sent to SGS’s facility in Burnaby, British Columbia and analyzed via four-acid digest with an atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) finish for 33-element analysis on 0.25g sample pulps (SGS code: GE_ICP40Q12). SGS Natural Resources analytical laboratories operates under a Quality Management System that complies with ISO/IEC 17025.

West Red Lake Gold’s Rowan Property presently hosts a National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) Inferred Mineral Resource of 2,790,700 t at an average grade of 9.2 g/t Au containing 827,462 ounces of gold with a cut-off grade of 3.8 g/t Au (NI 43-101 Technical Report, entitled “Technical Report and Resource Estimate on the West Red Lake Project” authored by John Kita, P.Eng., dated December 13, 2022 and filed December 30, 2022 on www.sedar.com). The Inferred Mineral Resource is located in the area of the historic underground Rowan Mine site and situated within a 1.8 km strike length portion of the regional scale Pipestone Bay St Paul Deformation Zone. 

The technical information presented in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Will Robinson, P.Geo., Vice President of Exploration for West Red Lake Gold and the Qualified Person for exploration at the West Red Lake Project, as defined by NI 43-101 “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects”.


West Red Lake Gold Mines Ltd. is a mineral exploration company that is publicly traded and focused on advancing and developing its flagship Madsen Gold Mine and the associated 47 km2 highly prospective land package in the Red Lake district of Ontario. The highly productive Red Lake Gold District of Northwest Ontario, Canada has yielded over 30 million ounces of gold from high-grade zones and hosts some of the world’s richest gold deposits. WRLG also holds the wholly owned Rowan Property in Red Lake, with an expansive property position covering 31 km2 including three past producing gold mines – Rowan, Mount Jamie, and Red Summit.



“Shane Williams”

Shane Williams     
President & Chief Executive Officer


Amandip Singh, VP Corporate Development
Tel: 416-203-9181
Email: [email protected] or visit the Company’s website at https://www.westredlakegold.com

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1 Mineral Resources are estimated at a cut-off grade of 9.2 g/t Au and using a gold price of US$1,600/oz. Please refer to the technical report entitled “Technical Report and Resource Estimate on the West Red Lake Project” dated December 13, 2022 prepared for WRLG by John Kita, P.Eng., and filed December 30, 2022 on www.sedarplus.ca.

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