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Lake Superior Agates

Posted by Ryan B.  
Ryan B.
Lake Superior Agates
April 28, 2007 03:01PM
Hey everyone,

I'm looking for places to go hunting for Lake Superior Agates and people who might like to collect agates with me. I am located in Prescott, WI, just east of the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metro area. I have found a few sites in the area but I am looking for something new and someone to share my enthusiasm.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Ryan
avatar Re: Lake Superior Agates
April 28, 2007 10:10PM
    
I have heard of a number of glacial gravel pits yielding some nice Superior agates, but the best I have heard of in recent years have come from scuba collecting the near shore lake bottom in gravelly shore areas. It also is sparse but not as many collectors doing this method, so may yield offshore "gold" in areas whose shores were previously known as good collection areas.
avatar Re: Lake Superior Agates
April 29, 2007 03:27AM
I'm originally from the UP of Michigan so LS Agates were literally in my backyard. Anyways, practically anywhere there is rock along the Lake Superior shoreline you have a chance of finding agates. However, the best places are where you can find a fissure jutting out into the Lake, especially in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Another popular method is to find a basalt flowtop that has weathered as well. I know the guy that collects agates offshore and he has recovered some spectacular specimens, again, from where a fissure or flowtop exposes itself on the lake bottom. There are also a few gravel pits in the Duluth area that have yielded some nice agates as well.

Good luck in your hunt for the elusive Lake Superior agate.......
Melody N
Re: Lake Superior Agates
April 29, 2007 08:33AM
I am from Bay City,WI and have a few pretty good agate spots I would be interested in sharing w/ you.Perhaps we could check them out sometime.E-mail me if you would be interested.
Ryan B.
Re: Lake Superior Agates
April 30, 2007 08:26PM
Hey Melody,

Not sure what your e-mail address is, but I would be interested in collecting with you. You can contact me at ryan.badten@gmail.com.

Thanks,

Ryan
Re: Lake Superior Agates
May 02, 2007 07:18PM
    
Ryan,

If you click on her name (in blue) it will link you to her e-mail.

Cheers.
Ian
avatar Re: Lake Superior Agates
May 02, 2007 09:00PM
    
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Sieg
Re: Lake Superior Agates
May 04, 2007 01:21AM
Melody N Wrote:
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> I am from Bay City,WI and have a few pretty good
> agate spots I would be interested in sharing w/
> you.Perhaps we could check them out
> sometime.E-mail me if you would be interested.


I would love to take a trip to Lake Superior in a couple weeks. I already took some time off, but I've never traveled alone before and have no idea where to look. ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I live in Owatonna, MN and have wanted to venture up there for several years now.
avatar Re: Lake Superior Agates
May 05, 2007 05:10PM
Hi, Your best bet for picking up Lake Superior agates are at gravel mines and in farm fields. I do very well near Moose Lake Minnesota, and in the Twin Cities area. Unfortunately very few "Lakers" are found on the shores Lake Superior in Minnesota.
Fine quality painted eye agates are being mined in Michigan at this time they are just beautiful! If you are interested I know a guy who is selling a guide service to several Michigan gem locations.
A trip the the shores of Lake Superior in MN should include a stop at the several rock shops on hwy 61, at Two Harbors, Beaver Bay and up in Grand Marias. Thunder Bay amethyst can be dug at the fee mines just a couple hours North of the US border ... too much fun~! You may be able to find some fine thomsonite specimens on your trip as well. Happy Picking :O)

"so many locations ... so little time"



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/05/2007 05:44PM by DI66ER.
Diane R Tjepkes
Re: Lake Superior Agates
May 06, 2007 05:37AM
Speaking of amethyst....I've been to the Onterio Gem Mine N.E. of Thunder Bay a few times and picked up some very nice matterial from the digs and puchased some nice specimens in their shop as well.
Re: Lake Superior Agates
May 09, 2007 12:45AM
I grew up in Silver Bay MN about 22 yrs ago and found alot of agates around that area in the creekes and streams. I have found some "Lakers" and copper in matrix last summer along Hwy 61 just outside of Silver Bay when they were doing road construction on that section of highway. Try and locate old/new gravel pits and get permission. There is some houseing construction going just east of town so look were they cleared the land and added fill( if you don't mind your shoes turning red from the iron oxide in the clay soil mix) Also check at the Agate shop in Beaver Bay they might be able to help with some places. Also there are a few old pits in Finland MN that have some agates,epidote(micro not real gemmy) and thompsnite(fragile) in them. If you have any questions send me an email.
avatar Re: Lake Superior Agates
May 09, 2007 01:27PM
We dug amethyst at the Blue Points Mine which is NW of Thunder Bay just off hwy 61. We watched one digger working at removing a specimen of around 600 pounds! We managed to dig quite a few small druzy crystal plates (jewelery size) some are included with iron oxides in a way that gives them a color of pink ... very striking!
AJE
Re: Lake Superior Agates
May 10, 2007 02:19PM
Hello, my family would like to go collecting up in MN in Dulth Area for Lake Superiors Agates. We did it about 9 years ago, but since then I have heard a law has passed for the safety of the rockhound and for the property owners. Does anyone know what this law is called which we must take prior to setting foot in quarries? How long the course takes and the cost to go through this program? Does anyone have any suggestions on contacts? Would like to head to MN in late July or August 2007. I'm from Appleton WI area.
L Bowen
Re: Lake Superior Agates
January 19, 2008 01:05AM
Hi,

I was just doing a search on WI agate collecting as we're planning a trip to visit family in north-central WI this summer. I'm trying to get one day of Lake Superior agate hunting in while we're there. Did you find a good locatoin? FInd any agates? If so, do you mind sharing? Thanks so much!
avatar Re: Lake Superior Agates
January 19, 2008 04:30PM
    
Re: Lake Superior Agates
January 19, 2008 07:43PM
That looks cool, as does the annual agate days event in Moose Lake MN. Unfortunately we'll be in the area earlier, in late May.

ANyone have experience with the Carlton county gravel dump piles accessable with permission?

Thanks.
Diane R. Tjepkes
Re: Lake Superior Agates
January 20, 2008 03:01AM
New Years Day the Travel channel had several hours of Cash and Treasure. One of the shows was about Lake Superior agate. If you look up the website for the Travel Channel you can check on what day and what time the Cash and Treasure shows are and they will list the places they will be visiting. Usually they repeat these shows often enough that you should be able to catch the ones that interest you.
ambergemstone1978
Re: Lake Superior Agates
January 20, 2008 02:55PM
Liesa Bowen Wrote:
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> That looks cool, as does the annual agate days
> event in Moose Lake MN. Unfortunately we'll be in
> the area earlier, in late May.
>
> ANyone have experience with the Carlton county
> gravel dump piles accessable with permission?
>
> Thanks.


My family will be attending the agate days this year as well as doing rockhounding of this region. in order to enter any quarry in MN you need to take a course as well as have permission.
avatar Re: Lake Superior Agates
January 20, 2008 04:59PM
Here in Minnesota most of our gravel mines are posted "no trespassing" the large corporate owners are in no way interested in our desire to collect. The few pits that let me in are locally owned by real live people. There are always good locations to find agates really, they are here in their millions.

Good Luck Agate Finding!
Joyce
Re: Lake Superior Agates
March 21, 2008 02:33PM
My husband and I will be moving to MN soon and are interested in looking for agates. Your msg indicated a "course" might be necessary. We are beginners in this hobby and would be very interested in taking a course. Do you have any information about the course (where we can check)? Thanks!
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