Northern Great Lakes area– Agates, the beautiful colorful gem stones of Lake superior and the great lakes state. These different sized and colored gemstones are scattered across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Upper Michigan. While many rock hounds find and collect these beauty’s on the shores of Lake superiors there are a lots of places to stop and look for agates.
For the Agate lovers and rock hound enthusiasts here is a small list of places to take road trip too and collect agates. When Agate collecting look stones with a waxy, glossy surface which had bands and some translucency. Lake shores and gravel pits are your best bet for sites But get permission first before entering the gravel pits.
Guides to rock collecting in Minnesota
First stop, The Moose Lake state park where you can view many different Agates and read about how the agates are formed.
Moose Lake State Park
Located 1/4 miles east of I-35 at the Moose Lake exit #214. The park entrance is off County Road 137. Take the Moose Lake exit off I-35. Then go east on County Road 137 until you see the park signs about 1/2 mile down the road.
April- Memorial Day: Tuesday-Saturday 9-4 intermittently. May: 9-4 7 days a week, Memorial Day- Labor Day: Sunday-Wednesday 9-4, Thursday 9-7, Friday and Saturday 9-9. Labor day through November office open intermittently 9-4 seven days a week.
Moose Lake area chamber of commerce
You will need to stop in here and buy your agate collecting permit and map.
4524 Arrowhead Lane
P.O. Box 110
Moose Lake, MN 55767
There is also the annual Agate days celebration in july.
The North shore Drive route along Minnsota’s Hwy 61 in Cook County.
There are several road side parks along the lake superior shore line that provide excellent places to rock collect. Agates, quartz and amethyst are just a few of the treasure that can be found id you are willing to spend the time.
The beaches of Lutsen-Tofte-Schroeder, Grand marais, Grand portage are all good spots.
Little girl Point, Ironwood, Gogebic county Michigan
Michigan’s Upper peninsula
Ontonagon, Gitche Gumee Landing Michigan
Highway M-107 winds along the Lake Superior shore at Union Bay. Miles of beach provide an area for swimming, sunsets, and agate hunting. Inquire locally to find out just what an agate looks like. Copper specimens can also be found among the pebbles, broken from rock brought in to prevent erosion of the highway
Grand marais, Mi
The owner of Gitche Gumee Agate and history museum is an expert at finding Agates and offers workshops on finding them.
E21739 Braziel Street,
Grand Marais, MI 49839
Scenic routes along the northern shores of the Upper Michigan’s peninsula provide many beaches to stop at and stretch your legs as you look for agates.
Good luck and have fun, hunting Agates.