North of Kirkland Lake, Ontario
The Maude Lake Gold Property consists of mining rights comprised of 66 unpatented mining claims (69,16 ha units), 14 patented mining claims (34,16 ha units), and 3 mining leases (9,16 ha units) totalling 1,792 ha, 7 parcels of patented and leased surface rights totalling approximately 208 ha are also included in the claim group. The property is now owned 100% by RJK Explorations Ltd., subject to royalties.
Highway 101 passes approximately 8 km to the south and is connected to the property by the gravel, all-weather Beatty Township Road #6. The Lady Maude Lake gravel road extends from Road #6, an eastern branch of the road ends at the Maude Lake Gold Property 5 Zone open pit area.
Work was initiated on the property in 1915 when gold was discovered on the Beatty Township claims. Since then, the Maude Lake Gold Property has been the subject of a considerable amount of work from then, continuing through the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.This historical work created a massive amount of data, most of it in paper form in boxes, that had to be converted into digital form by RJK Explorations Ltd.
This RJK data compilation and interpretation involved a review of the historical work by Maude Lake Gold Mines along with its various joint venture partners, which included surface and underground development work of the “5 zone,” including 227 surface drill holes totalling 37,109 metres, 92 underground drill holes totalling 5,264 metres, 938 percussion holes totalling 5,935 metres, and approximately 2,156 metres of decline ramp to the 140-metre level including muck bays, raises and crosscuts. Fieldwork was also conducted by RJK at the same time, including a survey by an Ontario land surveyor, leading to the merging and converting of various historical co-ordinate systems (both underground and surface) into a modern NAD83 UTM (universal transverse mercator) grid co-ordinate system.
RJK has begun analyzing the data to determine the potential of the previously stripped open-pit area. The 5 zone had been stripped and bulk sampled across the entire zone by a previous operator, combined with metallurgical testing and mill flowsheet development. It was reported in the historical information that approximately 6,000 tons of fully diluted 5 zone material were crushed and sent through a sample tower, which returned an average grade of 0.13 ounce per ton (4.06 grams per tonne) with the metallurgical testing indicating recoveries of 92.6 per cent using a typical float/cyanide mill.
RJK is now prepared to conduct a drilling program to confirm previous historical drill intersections by twinning randomly selected historical drill holes to fill in the gaps in the data to determine the continuity of the mineralized zones and in addition RJK will also conduct drilling to explore for extensions of the known mineralization in all directions and especially at depth.