SOURCE: Houston Lake Mining Inc.

March 19, 2008 08:00 ET

Houston Lake Mining Intersects High Grade Gold in First Four Drill Holes at Dubenski Property

Drill Hole DB-08-03 Intersects 4 Metres Grading 17.59 g/mt Gold

Phase II Drilling Targets Second Gold Resource at Dogpaw No. 1 Vein

SUDBURY, ON--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - Houston Lake Mining Inc. (TSX-V: HLM) (PINKSHEETS: HLKMF), an advanced exploration company seeking gold, platinum group metal and rare metal deposits in Ontario, is pleased to provide assay results from the first four drill holes of a recently completed 17 hole, 1,798.6 metre (5,899.4 foot) delineation drill program on the Dubenski property of the Company's West Cedartree Gold Project near Kenora.

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Table 1.Core Length Intercepts for First Drill Section, Dubenski Shaft Zone
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Drill Hole           From     To    Intercept    Gold    Intercept   Gold
  Number              (m)     (m)       (m)     (g/mt)     (ft)     (oz/st)
----------           ----     ---       ---     ------     -----     ------
*DB-08-01            82.00   105.00    23.00     4.66      75.44     0.136
(-45 degrees) Incl.  82.00    91.00     9.00     9.97      29.52     0.291
              Incl.  89.00    91.00     2.00    36.40       6.56     1.062
              Incl.  89.00    90.00     1.00    65.43       3.28     1.908

DB-08-02             38.00    45.10   Assays   Pending
(-45 degrees)        54.00    84.00    30.00     2.03      98.40     0.059
              Incl.  55.00    58.00     3.00     6.06       9.84     0.177
              Also.  74.00    75.00     1.00    12.83       3.28     0.374

DB-08-03             24.00    49.00    25.00     3.70      82.00     0.108
(-45 degrees) Incl.  24.00    42.00    18.00     4.77      59.04     0.139
              Incl.  30.00    42.00    12.00     6.67      39.36     0.195
              Incl.  30.00    34.00     4.00    17.59      13.12     0.513

DB-08-04              5.00     8.10   Assays   Pending
(-45 degrees)         8.10    19.00    10.90     5.01      35.75     0.146
              Incl.  15.00    19.00     4.00    12.68      13.12     0.370
              Incl.  15.00    17.00     2.00    23.84       6.56     0.695
              Incl.  15.00    16.00     1.00    37.93       3.28     1.106

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* Disclosed via news release Feb. 20, 2008

"The assays show that gold mineralization is present throughout the section," said E. Grayme Anthony, President and Chief Executive Officer. "In fact, the deepest drill hole of the section returned some of the best results."

"These results continue to build upon the outstanding start to our winter drill campaign," Mr. Anthony added. "With results of approximately one dozen holes pending from Dubenski and a 3,200 metre drill program just commencing at our Dogpaw Lake property, 2008 is shaping up as a very active year for Houston Lake."

Drill holes DB08-01 to DB08-04 form the first and westernmost drill section targeting the historic gold resource at the Dubenski Shaft Zone (Tables 1 and 2). All four drill holes intersected the strongly altered and silicified meta-volcanic rocks that typify the Shaft Zone. The 306 drill core samples returned assay results that varied from trace to 65.43 g/mt (1.908 oz/st) gold. Drill hole DB08-03 intersected mineralization grading 4.77 g/mt gold over a core length of 18.0 metres (0.139 oz/st gold over 59.04 feet). This included 17.59 g/mt gold over a core length of 4.0 metres (0.513 oz/st gold over 13.12 feet).

Table 2. Locations for Drill Holes DB08-01 to DB08-04 at Dubenski Shaft Zone

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Drill Hole                         Collar     Collar       Drill Hole
Number    Northing    Easting      Dip        Azimuth        Length
------    ---------   -------      ---        -------      ----------
DB08-01   5,464,207   438,377  -45 degrees   354 degrees  152.73m  500.95ft
DB08-02   5,464,230   438,375  -45 degrees   354 degrees  121.40m  398.19ft
DB08-03   5,464,245   438,373  -45 degrees   354 degrees   89.20m  292.58ft
DB08-04   5,464,256   438,373  -45 degrees   354 degrees   80.00m  262.40ft

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All four drill holes were drilled at 45 degrees to intercept the historic gold resource as close to perpendicular as possible. Core orientation studies are being conducted in concert with the drill program to validate the true width of the zone. True widths will be reported once the geometry of the gold zone has been determined.

All samples reported have been analyzed by fire assay with a 50 gram charge at TSL Laboratories, an ISO accredited facility, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Results from a total of 732 drill core samples are expected in the next few weeks.

The winter program is principally comprised of two initiatives: diamond drilling and geophysical surveys. The drill program provides for 5,000 metres (16,400 feet) of drilling that first targets the Dubenski Shaft Zone and subsequently the Dogpaw Lake Vein No. 1 Zone (see maps at www.houstonlakemining.com). The program's purpose is to facilitate upgrading of historic resource data to modern standards.

Consulting geologists Watts Griffis and McOuat (WGM) of Toronto are managing the drill program at Dubenski. A 17-hole, 1,798.6 metre (5,899.4 ft.) drill program was completed in early March. Four drill sections were planned to systematically test the Shaft Zone to a vertical depth of 100 metres (328 feet). Each drill section consists of four drill holes.

Much of the historic exploration on the Dubenski property has been confined to depths shallower than 100 metres (328 feet). However, the 1998 drill program by Avalon Ventures Ltd. probed below previous drilling in the vicinity of the Shaft Zone and encountered increased widths of the alteration system hosting the gold mineralization.

E. Grayme Anthony, P. Geo. of Houston Lake is the Qualified Person under the guidelines of NI 43-101 for the technical aspects of this news release.

About Houston Lake Mining Inc.

Houston Lake is an advanced, vertically integrated resource exploration company. The Company is actively exploring for gold, platinum group metal and rare metal deposits in northwestern Ontario with a strategic focus on the West Cedartree gold project. Houston Lake's objective in the short term is to become a gold producer by surface mining its West Cedartree gold project and developing its 100% owned and optioned properties. The Company has a total of 27,364,746 common shares issued and outstanding. For additional information, please visit us at www.houstonlakemining.com.

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