Opawica Explorations Inc. announces that drilling has commenced on its 100%
owned Atikwa Lake gold and copper project

VANCOUVER, March 18 /CNW/ - Opawica Explorations Inc. (TSX.V - OPW) (the "Company") announces that drilling has commenced on its 100% owned Atikwa Lake gold and copper project located 120 kms south east of Kenora, Ontario. This initial phase of drilling will primarily target the Main Maybrun Zone and Maybrun Footwall Zone to depth.

In July 2009, Opawica announced NI 43-101 compliant resources on the Maybrun Zones consisting of 66.46 million pounds copper and 151,000 ounces gold of Indicated resources in the Maybrun Main Zone, and 21.69 million pounds copper and 163,000 ounces gold of Inferred resources in the Maybrun Footwall Zone, as well as, 11.62 million pounds copper and 64,000 ounces gold of Inferred resources in the Maybrun North Zone located about 600m north of the Main Maybrun zones. All of the above resources are part of an open pit resource model containing gold and copper mineralization from surface to 200m deep. A complete summary of these resources are detailed in the Company's August 31, 2009 NI 43-101 report by Robert Laakso, P.Eng, on SEDAR and on the Company's website.

All of the Maybrun Zones are open to depth. Other prospective exploration targets for gold, copper, silver and nickel-platinum group elements also exist on the Atikwa Lake property. Over seventy percent of the Atikwa Lake property has not yet been explored by deep penetrating IP geophysics or diamond drilling.

The current phase of drilling consists of at least 6 holes between 200m and 600m in depth for an initial 3,500m of drilling on the Main Maybrun Zones to depth and at least one hole will test the 600m gap between the Main Maybrun Zone and the Maybrun North Zone.

Mr. Robert Laakso, P.Eng., is the Qualified Person for the Atikwa Lake property and has reviewed the contents of this release.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. The forgoing information may contain forward-looking statements relating to the future performance of the Company. Forward looking statements, specifically those concerning future performance, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the appropriate regulatory authorities. We seek safe harbour.

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SOURCE OPAWICA EXPLORATIONS INC.

For further information: For further information: Jonathan Samuda, Tel: (604) 681-3170, Website: www.opawica.com, Opawica Explorations Inc. c/o Ste. 1500-1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6E 4N7

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