Houston Lake Mining Inc.

Houston Lake Mining Inc.

August 23, 2005 10:36 ET

Bench Test Results Indicate High Recoveries for Houston Lake Mining Inc.'s Angel Hill Gold Mineralization

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 23, 2005) - Houston Lake Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:HLM), the "Company") is pleased to provide results from bench tests conducted on selected samples from the Angel Hill Gold Zone ("AHGZ"). The AHGZ is one of two gold zones identified thus far on the Company's 100% owned, 635.6 hectare (1569.8 acre) West Cedartree Gold Project located near Sioux Narrows, Ontario. Samples from the Angel Hill Gold Zone were tested to monitor the behaviour of gold in a standard milling circuit. The two bench tests yielded an average recovery of 93.4% from selected samples of the AHGZ.

Approximately 66Kg (145lbs) of material was selected from the AHGZ and shipped to the Campbell Mine of Placer Dome (CLA) Ltd. in Balmertown, Ontario for analysis. While both mineralized and unmineralized material were collected from the zone, the samples were chosen on the basis of testing the behaviour of gold and its recovery from a number of quartz vein environments. The reader should be cautioned that the percentage recoveries are preliminary in nature and that the samples were not chosen to be representative of the overall grade of the zone.

The testing was conducted on homogenized subsamples from the entire shipment. The first test involved 997.3 grams (2.194lbs.) of material and assayed 42.00g/mt (1.25 oz/st) Au. Gold recovery was 92.5%. The second test utilized 997.5 grams (2.195lbs.) of material and also assayed 42.00g/mt (1.25 oz/st) Au. Gold recovery was 94.2% for the second test. The tests indicate that milling costs will be held to a minimum as no extra process costs are indicated to be necessary to recover a high percentage of gold from the AHGZ. Independent Consulting Geologist Dean R. Cutting, P. Geo. is the Qualified Person for the project as defined under National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed this press release.

The Company is several weeks away from the completion of the resource calculation and 43-101 report. Houston Lake will announce the results of the calculation as soon as the report is completed and vetted by the regulatory authorities. Further work is planned for both the McLennan and Angel Hill Gold Zones in the month ahead. This work will include the preparation for a bulk sample, the continuation of property mapping, and the evaluation of old trenches and pits. Trenching or stripping of the southward extension of the AHGZ will be dependent on available funds.

Houston Lake has awarded 150,000 stock options to directors and employees at a price of $0.225 for a term of 5 years. The option price represents a 23.7% discount to the prior day's close of $0.295 and has a hold period of 4 months. The award is subject to regulatory approval.

Houston Lake Mining Inc. is an exploration company listed on The TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol HLM. Houston Lake is actively exploring for Gold, Platinum Group Metals and Rare Metals with a strategic focus on northwestern Ontario. The Company has a total of 18,661,862 common shares issued and outstanding. For additional information, we invite you to visit us at www.houstonlakemining.com . To hear more about HLM.V from President and CEO Grayme Anthony click the following link:

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