SOURCE: North Bay Resources Inc.

May 17, 2011 08:30 ET

North Bay Resources Inc. (NBRI) Engages Consulting Mining Engineer for Ruby Gold Project

SKIPPACK, PA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) - North Bay Resources Inc. (OTCBB: NBRI) ("North Bay" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has engaged Mr. William S. Watters, P.E. as a consulting mining engineer for the Ruby Gold Project in Sierra County, California.

Mr. Watters holds a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada-Reno, and was the Senior Mine Engineer at the Ruby Mine when the Ruby was last in operation in 1998. More recently, Mr. Watters was the Chief Mining Engineer at the Idaho-Maryland Mine in Grass Valley, CA, and is presently the Chief Inspector/Engineer at the New Irvington Tunnel Project in San Francisco. In addition to being a Registered Professional Engineer (Civil, CA; Mining, WY), Mr. Watters is a Mine Rescue Team Trainer, has a California Safety Representative License, and is a Mine Safety and Health Administration ("MSHA") Trainer (blue card).

Mr. Watters will be providing the Company with engineering and operational services at the Ruby Mine, as well as assisting with ongoing compliance with California's Surface Mining and Reclamation Act ("SMARA") and the planned expansion of the Ruby Mine tailings facility. Mr. Watters will also be providing engineering and operational services on other prospective mining projects the Company expects to undertake in the near future.

North Bay CEO Perry Leopold commented, "We are extremely fortunate to have Bill agree to assist us with the Ruby Mine project. In addition to the wealth of his professional experience on a variety of diverse projects over the years, his intimate knowledge of the Ruby Mine in particular will be invaluable to us as we continue with pre-production planning and begin mining operations. I am looking forward to working closely with Bill, and I am confident his participation in the Ruby Gold Project will contribute greatly to its ultimate success."

About The Ruby Gold Project

The Ruby Mine, a/k/a the Ruby Gold Project, is a fully-permitted underground placer and lode mine located near Downieville in Sierra County, California that is known to have produced over 250,000 ounces of gold since the 1850's, and which is considered to be part of the northern extension of the historic Mother Lode system. The Ruby Property covers approximately 1,755 acres, consisting of the subsurface mineral rights of two patented claims totaling approximately 435 acres and 30 unpatented claims containing approximately 1,320 acres. The equipment, fixed assets, and infrastructure in place have been valued at an estimated $3.5 million, and include a 1,000 yard per day placer wash plant, 50-ton per day quartz mill, 6,000 feet of tracked haulage, and related support equipment needed for underground mining operations. The property also features an excellent system of roads, is accessible via paved highway from Reno or Sacramento, has abundant water and timber available for mining purposes, and has PG&E power available on-site. For further information about the Ruby Mine, please visit the Ruby page on the North Bay website at http://www.northbayresources.com/ruby/.

About North Bay Resources Inc.

North Bay Resources Inc. (OTCBB: NBRI) is a fully-reporting junior mining company with over 150 mineral and placer claims encompassing approximately 60,000 acres throughout British Columbia, Canada.

In the US, the Company is acquiring the Ruby Gold Mine in Sierra County, California, and is presently planning to acquire additional operating mines in the western US.

The Company's mission is to build a portfolio of viable mining prospects throughout the world and developing them through subsidiaries and JV partners to their full economic potential. North Bay's business plan is based on the Generative Business Model, which is designed to leverage its properties into near-term revenue streams even during the earliest stages of exploration and development. This provides shareholders with multiple opportunities to profit from discoveries while preserving capital and minimizing the risk involved in exploration and development.

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