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Please Help me find Geodes

Posted by Alexa Rose  
Alexa Rose August 20, 2008 12:08AM
Please tell me any good places for first time geode hunters in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, or Virginia. Thank you.
steven garza August 20, 2008 12:25AM
Dear Alexa;
You posted on McRocks, I answered, & YOU never came back to me. You want help, go back to your postings there, as well as others about geodes, & contact me through there. These guided trip are FRE (except you pay my gas) & cover S.IN & around the ft. Knox - Bardstown area. More info when you DO contact me.
Alexa Rose August 20, 2008 02:41AM
??? You have me confused with someone this is the first time i have posted anywhere. There are probably a lot of people in this world with the same name. You should not assume anything, and be so rude.
KJC August 20, 2008 02:58AM

Some nice Keokuk type geodes can be found in streams along the eastern Highland rim of Tennessee, particularly just east of Woodbury TN (in Hill creek where Hwy 70 crosses just east of town) and near Gainesboro, TN.
bob MORGAN (2) July 24, 2009 01:02PM
Everett Harrington July 24, 2009 03:42PM
Hey Bob,
I live in SW MI, Dowagiac...where you at? There are geodes around here, they are small though. Mostly found in gravel pits like Moose Lake agg and Steve's gravel pit here in Dowagiac. The best places to look for them are at the crushers/washing plants at these gravel pits, it tends to sort the gravel by sizes, check the golf ball sized rock piles

bob MORGAN (2) July 24, 2009 04:21PM
Everett Harrington July 24, 2009 04:38PM
HA! Yep, small world! Steve's is off Giddeon street here in Dowagiac by Dowagiac Steel Tank Co going out Wilbur hill road. Any gravel pits in this area will have geodes though, the one out by Fox and Shurte streets (if I remember correctly) has them too!!

my email is if you'd like to get together for some hunting or even just talking about rocks!!

Alex Myers March 13, 2018 08:58PM
Anyone know of a good place to find geodes in NE illinois? Looking to take the family geode hunting in the summer. I know there are a few quarries around the area but not sure if it's a good place or if they would let us look.
Bob Harman March 13, 2018 09:37PM
ALEX, There are no geodes in NE Illinois. The geology is not right. The closest area where collectible geodes can RELIABLY (!) be found is in West central Illinois, around the town of Hamilton. Also nearby around Keokuk Iowa and several sites in Clark County Missouri.

For novices, family friendly sites, there are several fee for collecting localities. Woodies Fabulous Geode Mine is one such site in St. Francisville Mo. Not only can you dig for them, there also is a shop. They will open any that you find or buy.

Enjoy your hunting. CHEERS.....BOB
Doug Daniels March 13, 2018 10:39PM
Along those lines, most quarries now will not allow collectors in, unless with a club, and even then just maybe. If you have a club nearby, join it.... hopefully, you will then get into many places you can't as an individual. Then again, check to see how they are with field trips. If the club has nothing, don't bother.
Joel Herr March 14, 2018 01:59AM
Alexa, if your geode hunting does expand to western-central Illinois, there are some fee for collecting locations right outside of Hamilton. Jacob's Geodes south of Hamilton was my very first geode 'harvesting' experience, and I've been hooked ever since. I believe he has upgraded his establishment since I have last been there, but when I went there the first time there was a sign on the door to put the fee ($18 per 5 gallon bucket - and a 5 gallon bucket is a lot of typical geodes) under the brick in the front seat of the blue old pickup across from the building... that is classic. Once you get to know the area, then you can ask around and there are other places to go. If you are visiting from out of state it is hard to go anywhere but established/fee places. Good luck.
John Oostenryk March 15, 2018 01:36AM
Hi Alex!
Jacob's Geodes in Hamilton. $20 a 5 gal bucket. You want the 'light ones" they are hollow ;)- Been going there since 2006!
One of the Chicago area rock clubs has been doing an annual bus trip to Jacob's for number of years. (via Lizzadro)
Call (Gary) Jacob's. He can tell you which club if that sounds like option for you.

I know the Gary that Joel H mentions above, yup good guy, but the $18 and blue truck date Joel's last visit to 9? years ago, LoL. Lil different set up these days:)
Call to confirm he is around if you are going to go. Stop on the way in to let him know you are there. It is rude/awkward to be on someone's property without a head's up ;)-

Randy at StFrancisville MO, (see website-also a truck mudbog venue). Long time prolific site. Different price structure as to size vs wt times $.
But Actually- it is about same overall, though you do pay a bit more for BIG ones, which you cannot find at Jacob's.

I can absolutely tell you- NOPE! The open pit quarry operations in that region --either IA/IL will not allow entrance if asked and will prosecute if trespassing.
Don't do it!

Annual Geode Fest is going to be bit different than the 14 prior years.
Mike Shumate has retired from organizing and running it (via the Hamilton IL location in Late Sept and always an Excellent Time! I was at the last five years events ~ vendor/cracker/hunter~ and had a blast rain or shine. Have made a bunch of good friends and aquaintances going there...
City of Keokuk agreed to take it over for 2018. Hopefully- it will proceed as prior with plenty of sites to visit.
Only expected change is where they will hold it at? Somewhere in Keokuk. That is expected as a positive change- as event had pretty much outgrown the prior venue (Chaney Boatramp). (overall parking too few and convoy exits were tricky).
Stay tuned for how plans shape up over Summer.

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