Regional History

A total of 25,500,493 ounces of gold have been produced from 29 mines in the Red Lake Mining District (to December 2009; Lichtblau et al., 2010). Gold production has been continuous since 1930 when the Howey Gold Mine entered production. In 2009, gold production was 781,700 tonnes or 622,700 ounces at a grade of 26 g/t Au from the Campbell and Red Lake Mines of Goldcorp (Lichtblau et al., 2010).

Table 6-1: List of historic mines in the Red Lake Camp.

Mine Oz Au produced Average grade Years of production Twp
Campbell (Goldcorp) 10,335,248 0.575 1949-PRES Balmer
Red Lake (Goldcorp) 3,736,704 0.434 1948-PRES Balmer
Madsen 2,452,388 0.283 1938-76 Baird
Cochenour-Willans 1,244,279 0.538 1939-71 Dome
Mckenzie Red Lake 651,156 0.277 1935-66 Dome
Howey Gold Mines 421,592 0.091 1930-41 Heyson
Hasaga 218,213 0.144 1938-52 Heyson
H.G. Young 55,244 0.192 1960-63 Balmer
McMarmac Red Lake 45,246 0.296 1940-48 Dome
Gold Eagle 40,204 0.223 1937-41 Dome
Red Lake Gold Shore 21,100 0.224 1936-38 Dome
Buffalo 1,656 0.052 1981-82 Heyson
Red Summit 277 0.469 1935-36 Todd
TOTAL 19,223,307      

(Busch, 2003)

The first gold discovery in the Red Lake area was in 1897 as a result of work by the Northwestern Ontario Exploration Company. Exploration gained momentum in 1925 following publication of a report by E.L. Bruce and significant discoveries by Lorne Howey and George McNeely followed, with exploration peaking in 1926. During its history, 14 gold discoveries in the area have become producing mines and the world class Campbell and Red Lake mines are still in production. The Red Lake greenstone belt remains one of Canada’s major gold producing camps with a total historical production of >25 million ounces gold.

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