Grande Portage Resources Ltd. announces start of exploration program at Pass Property and Merry Widow

    VANCOUVER, June 16 /CNW/ - Grande Portage Resources Ltd. (TSX-V GPG)
("Grande Portage" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the start of its
exploration programs for the Pass and Merry Widow Properties for the upcoming
2008 season.

    Pass Property

    Crews are currently evaluating the snow conditions in the alpine regions
of the property where the historic trenches will be cleaned, re-mapped and
systematically channel sampled prior to drill testing. During the same visit a
camp location will be selected for the grid based soil sampling and
magnetometer and VLF-EM surveys on the lower elevations aimed at locating
extensions to the known mineralized quartz veins.
    It is anticipated that the grid work can begin in a few weeks, followed
by the evaluation of the old trenches in early July as a prelude to drilling
in late July to early August. As previously announced the Company's sampling
program was highly successful. In 2007, 44 rock grab samples were collected
from old trenches hosting quartz-sulphide bearing veins.
    All of the samples reported gold to a high of 72.95 g/t. Of the 44
samples collected 13 reported in excess of 5.0 g/t gold including 6 samples
exceeding 20 g/t gold. Silver values were consistently anomalous with 6
samples reporting in excess of 100 g/t silver, to a high of 365 g/t silver.
Copper, lead and zinc were similarly anomalous with highs of 11.13% copper,
29.0% lead and 20.14% zinc.

    Merry Widow Property

    A prospecting crew has mobilized to the west side of Merry Widow Mountain
to evaluate new and highly prospective airborne electromagnetic anomalies
revealed by the 2007 airborne geophysical survey. The Company is very
encouraged by these anomalies as they appear to be in the contact zone between
Quatsino limestone and the Merry Widow pluton, a highly favorable environment
for skarn mineralization exactly like that of the past producing Merry Widow
open pit and the underground operations at the Coast Copper and Benson Lake
    The intensity and length of the anomalies is significantly greater than
those outlined by the 2006 airborne survey that encompassed the past producing
open pit and underground mines. If the prospecting crews are successful then
grids will be established over the anomalies for subsequent ground-based
geologic mapping, sampling and geophysical surveys prior to preliminary drill
    A late summer or early fall drill program is planned for the Merry Widow
open pit area to expand the currently defined geological resource; an initial
2,000 to 3,000 metres is planned on 50 metre spaced holes. If these are
successful infill drilling will be completed to expand the 43-101 compliant
resource calculation.
    Wes Raven, P. Geo., is the qualified person for this project and has
reviewed and verified the contents of this news release.

    About Grande Portage Resources Ltd.

    Grande Portage Resources Ltd. is a mineral exploration and development
company focused on massive sulphide exploration in British Columbia. Grande
Portage is operated by experienced managers and professionals who have been
effective in discovery, mine development, and mining operations throughout
North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Central Asia. The Company is well
financed with no long term debt. More information is available online at


    Alistair MacLennan, Chairman

    Statements about the Company's future expectations and all other
statements in this press release other than historical facts are "forward
looking statements". Such forward-looking statements are based on numerous
assumptions, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other
factors, including risks inherent in mineral exploration and development,
which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of the
Company to be materially different from any projected future results,
performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking


For further information:

For further information: Mr. Ian Klassen, Phone: (604) 290-5762, Email:, Website:

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