Whisky Canyon Project Drilling Results Complete

December 4, 2009

Surrey, B.C. - Carlin Gold Corporation (TSX Venture, CGD), ("Carlin" or the "Company")reports that it has completed a drilling program at the Whisky Canyon property, Lander County, Nevada. The Company drilled 9 reverse circulation holes for a total of 4,000 feet. Holes ranged in depth from 300 ft. to 745 ft. The objective of the drilling program was to test the Yankee surface gold anomaly that was encountered in the Company's drill targeting exploration program. This anomaly is a 1,400 foot long by 650 wide north-northwest trending zone defined by rock chip and soil geochemistry. The only known previous drilling was on the east edge of the anomaly, where gold values had been reported (see news release dated October 7, 2009). The Company's drilling program was concentrated on a 1,100 ft long, 600 ft wide area within the strongest expression of the surface gold geochemical anomaly.

Eight of the nine holes encountered anomalous gold values of 0.100 g/t gold or greater, with a high value of 0.548 g/t over a 10 ft. interval in WC-3 (0-10 ft). Several holes contained significant intervals of anomalous gold: WC-1, 85 ft.(105-190) @ 0.132 g/t gold, WC-2, 135 ft. (145-280) @ 0.120 g/t gold, WC-4, 160 ft. (360-520) @ 0.170 g/t gold, and WC-5, 260 ft. (140-400) @ 0.117 g/t gold. Several of the holes also encountered anomalous silver values, with a high value of 91.9 g/t silver in WC-2 (245-250 ft.). True widths are unknown.

Scientific, analytical and technical information in this news release has been reviewed by Robert Thomas, the Company's qualified person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101. Standards and blanks were inserted at regular intervals in the drill sample stream, and analytical results forthese control samples fall within limits as determined by acceptable industry practice.

About Carlin

Carlin Gold Corporation is a junior resource company focused on gold exploration in Nevada. The Company currently controls four properties in Nevada.

"K. Wayne Livingstone"
Telephone: (604) 538-2477
Website: www.carlingold.com

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Forward looking statements: The news release includes certain "forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States PrivateSecurities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively "forward looking statements")." Forward-looking statements include predictions, projections and forecasts and are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as"seek", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "forecast", "expect", "potential", "project", "target", "schedule", "budget" and "intend" and statements that an event or result "may", "will", "should", "could" or "might" occur or be achieved and other similar expressions and includes the negatives thereof. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization,interpretation of prior exploration and potential exploration results, the timing and success of exploration activitiesgenerally, the timing and results of future resource estimates, and future plans and objectives of Carlin are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions. Importantfactors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Carlin's expectations include actual exploration results, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, results of future resource estimates, futuremetal prices, availability of capital and financing on acceptable terms, general economic, market or business conditions, uninsured risks, regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of personnel, materials and equipment on a timely basis, accidents or equipment breakdowns, delays in receiving government approvals, unanticipated environmental impacts on operations and costs to remedy same, and other exploration or other risks detailed hereinand from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause such actions, events or results todiffer materially from those anticipated. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and accordingly readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.