Emgold Mining Announces a Significant Increase in New Exploration Targets at the Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine

    TSX Venture Exchange: EMR
    OTC Bulletin Board:   EGMCF
    U.S. 20-F Registration: 000-51411
    Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EML

    VANCOUVER, April 2 /CNW/ - Emgold Mining Corporation (EMR-TSX-V)
("Emgold" or the "Company") is pleased to report that 272 new gold exploration
targets have been identified since January 2007 at the Idaho-Maryland Gold
Mine located in Grass Valley California. These new gold exploration targets
are in addition to the 26 large conceptual exploration targets and the 216
resource blocks currently included in the Measured, Indicated and Inferred
Resource categories for the Idaho-Maryland. The 216 resource blocks previously
identified are the highest priority zones for underground definition drilling
to potentially increase the current resource estimates into the proven and
probable reserve categories.
    The 216 resource blocks plus the 272 exploration targets are an
indication of the potential magnitude of the Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine, which
the Company believes represents one of the largest high-grade underground gold
exploration targets in North America. The new exploration targets are being
identified from a computerized assay model that was completed last year. Assay
results from the historic maps and operating data were digitized and entered
into the MineSight(R) computer modeling program. This work, in addition to
other computerized historic geologic and mining data, is assisting the
Company's geological staff in making significant progress to identify areas
that may have additional exploration potential. Geological evaluations are
continuing and it is anticipated that additional exploration targets and
resources may be defined in the near future.
    The Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine, discovered in 1851, produced gold from 1862
through 1956 and is the second largest historical underground gold producer in
California. There were 55 production targets identified at the time the mine
shut down due to the low price of gold. The recorded production was 2,383,000
ounces of gold from 5,546,000 short tons for a recovered grade of 0.43 ounces
of gold per short ton. The historic workings extend down 3,280 feet from
surface although there were plans to mine to the 5,200 level. The
Idaho-Maryland ore body remains open at depth for further exploration and
    The 272 new exploration targets are zones of gold mineralization on
established historic mine levels or in drill holes where extensive mining and
stoping did not take place. The targets are derived from historic assay and
geologic maps that show the results of sampling of quartz veins and
mineralized rock units. Many targets are situated near known gold resources,
some are near intensively mined areas, and many are on mine levels that were
developed but never stoped. These exploration targets are significant
indicators of deep extensions of known high-grade quartz veins, such as the
famous Idaho 1 Vein, (which produced one-million ounces of gold from one
million tons over 30 years) and demonstrate that the high-grade veins extend
beyond and below the areas previously mined. The new targets are located on
Idaho veins from the Idaho 600 Level to the Idaho 2400 Level, and have grades
that should be at or above 0.10 ounce per ton gold. Illustrations of the
Idaho-Maryland resource blocks and newly identified exploration targets are
presented on Emgold's website at www.emgold.com or please click here to view
    These newly defined exploration targets are not yet qualified as resource
blocks, although some are expected to meet that criterion and may be
classified as resource blocks after further review. Sixteen inferred resource
blocks containing 50,000 ounces of gold were advanced from exploration targets
to inferred resource blocks after further modeling. These inferred resource
blocks were announced in Emgold's news release of March 1, 2007.
    All geological work on the Idaho-Maryland Mine is under the supervision
of Mr. Robert Pease, Professional Geologist (California), Chief Geologist for
the Idaho-Maryland Project and a Qualified Person as defined in National
Instrument 43-101.
    For more information about Emgold, the Stewart, Rozan and Jazz Properties
in British Columbia, the Idaho-Maryland Project and Golden Bear Ceramics and
the Ceramext(TM) process, please visit www.emgold.com or www.sedar.com.

                     On behalf of the Board of Directors,

                       William J. (Bill) Witte, P.Eng.
                    President and Chief Executive Officer

     No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information
                       contained in this news release.

    This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed
"forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than
statements of historical facts, that address future production, reserve
potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or
developments that the Company expects are forward-looking statements. Although
the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward looking
statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not
guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking
statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, and
continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market
or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are
not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments
may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.
For more information on the Company, Investors should review the Company's
filings that are available at www.sedar.com or the Company's website at

For further information:

For further information: Michael O'Connor, Manager, Investor Relations,
Tel: (604) 687-4622, Fax: (604) 687-4212, Email: info@emgold.com

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