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Fee Mining and Digging for Gems, Minerals, Crystals


Click a green state to view its fee mining locations
Please let us know about other sites!

Fee Mining in Canada

Fee mining collecting map


What is a Fee Mining Site?

Fee mining sites are places where you can pay a fee to dig, pan, or search for rocks, minerals or gemstones and keep whatever you find. There are many places in the United States where you can pan for gold, wash gravel for gemstones, or split rocks to find fossils and have a reasonable chance of being very successful. We have been to fee mining sites many times, had some fun, and found some nice materials. We didn’t make a great find every time but it was a good experience overall. One of our favorites is looking for Herkimer Diamonds.

If you know of other fee mining sites not listed here, please let us know by emailing the URL of their website to: contact(at)rocktumbler.com. To be listed a site must have a website and pass our review. We don’t include sites where collectors search through materials that have been “salted” with things to find.

Alabama

Alabama Gold Camp Gold
Yellow Wolf Gem Mining Garnet, ruby, moonstone, quartz, amethyst, citrine, pyrite

Alaska

Chicken Gold Camp Gold
Crow Creek Gold Mine Gold
Rockhounding Alaska A guide to some of Alaska’s best rockhounding sites

Arizona

Arizona BLM collecting sites Fire agates
Rockhounding Arizona, Gem Trails of Arizona and Arizona Gold and Gems Maps Books and maps to help find gems, rocks and gold in Arizona

Arkansas

Crater of Diamonds State Park Diamonds and 40 other types of rocks and minerals including: lamproite, amethyst, banded agate, jasper, peridot, garnet, quartz, calcite, barite, and hematite.
Crystal Seen Trading Co. Quartz crystals, ruby, sapphire, wavellite, agape crystal, tourmaline, geodes, pyrite, agates, arrowheads and more
Ron Coleman Mining Quartz crystals
Sweet Surrender Crystals Quartz crystals
Wegner Crystal Mines & Ranch Crystal Forest Mine and Phantom Mine group dig and tailings collecting area.

California

Benitoite Gem Mine Benitoite
Golden Caribou Mining Gold
Himalaya Mine Tourmaline, quartz crystals, lepidolite, topaz, morganite, and other pegmatite minerals
Jamestown Gold Panning Gold
Oceanview Mine Tourmalines, kunzites, morganites and more.
Roaring Camp Mining Company Gold
Stewart Mine Tourmaline and lepidolite
Rockhounding California, Gem Trails of California and California Gold and Gems Maps Books and maps to help find gems, rocks and gold in California



Colorado

Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Gold
Country Boy Mine Gold
Phoenix Gold Mine Gold
Pinnacle5Minerals Topaz, smokey quartz, amazonite
Rockhounding Colorado, Gem Trails of Colorado and Colorado Gold and Gems Maps Books and maps to help find gems, rocks and gold in Colorado

Connecticut

Griswold Quarry, Hollister Quarry and Simpson Quarry Pegmatite

Florida

Fossil Expeditions Mammal, reptile and shark fossils.
Rucks Pit, Fort Drum Crystal Mine Fossils and crystals.

Georgia

Consolidated Gold Mines Gold
Crisson Gold Mine Gold
Diamond Hill Mine Quartz crystals (smokey, amethyst, some doubly terminated, some skeletal)
Gold ‘N Gem Grubbin’ Gold, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethyst, topaz and more
Graves Mountain Barite,quartz, rutile, ilmenite, kyanite, pyrite, lazulite, pyrophyllite, hematite, goethite, limonite, iridescent hematite
Hogg Mine Beryl, star rose quartz, black tourmaline, and aquamarine
Jackson Crossroads Amethyst Mine Amethyst

Idaho

Spencer Opal Mines Opal
Idaho Gold and Gems Maps Maps to help find gold and gems in Idaho

Illinois

Keokuk Geodes Geodes

Iowa

Fossil & Prairie Park Fossils

Kentucky

Clement Mineral Museum Fluorite and related minerals

Maine

Coos Canyon Rock and Gift Gold
Maine Mineral Adventures Quartz, tourmaline, beryl, lepidolite and more
Maine Mineralogy Expeditions blue beryl, golden beryl, amethyst, tourmaline, rose quartz, smoky quartz, clear quartz, mica, feldspar, apatite, lepidolite
Poland Mining Camps Pollucite (gem grade), spodumene, kunzite (cab grade), muscovite and perhamite (tan spheres) with white fluorapatite.

Maryland

Calvert Cliffs State Park Fossils

Michigan

Caledonia Mine Native copper, silver, datolite, quartz, feldspar, calcite, and epidote

Minnesota

Hill Annex Mine State Park Fossils

Missouri

Sheffler’s Rock Shop and Geode Mine Geodes

Montana

Blue Jewel Mine Sapphire
Crystal Park Quartz crystals
Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine Montana sapphire
Sapphire Gallery Sapphire
Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine Sapphire
Rockhounding Montana and Montana Gold and Gems Maps Books and maps to help find gold, gems and rocks in Montana

Nebraska

High Plains Homestead Fossils

Nevada

Bonanza Opal Mines Opal
Rainbow Ridge Opal
Royal Peacock Opal Mine Opal
Rockhounding Nevada, Gem Trails of Nevada and Nevada Gold and Gems Maps Books and maps to help find gems, rocks and gold in Nevada

New Hampshire

Ruggles Mine Mica, feldspar, beryl
Twin River Campground Gold panning

New Jersey

The Franklin Mineral Museum Fluorescent minerals
The Sterling Hill Mining Museum Fluorescent minerals

New Mexico

Desert Rose Mine – Blanchard Rock Shop Fluorite, barite, galena, quartz, smoky quartz, linarite, brochantite, wulfenite and more
Kelly Mine Pyrite, allophane, calcite, brochantite, phyllite
Rockhounding New Mexico, Gem Trails of New Mexico and New Mexico Gold and Gems Maps Books and maps to help find gems, rocks and gold in New Mexico

New York

Ace of Diamonds Herkimer Diamond (doubly terminated quartz crystals)
Barton Garnet Mine Garnet
Crystal Grove Diamond Mine and Campground Herkimer Diamond (doubly terminated quartz crystals)
Herkimer Diamond Mines Herkimer Diamond (doubly terminated quartz crystals)

North Carolina

Brushy Creek Mine Aquamarine, tourmaline, garnet, beryl
Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine Ruby, sapphire
Crabtree Emerald Mine Emerald
Euraka Gold Panning & Carolina Gem Fluming Gold and Gems
Emerald Hollow Mine 63 different gems and minerals.
Emerald Village Emerald, semi-precious stones
Little Pine Garnet Mine Garnet
Lost Cause Mine (The Baldwin Place Farm) Druzy angle plated quarts
Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine Gold
Mason Farm Staurolite Prospect Staurolite, corundum, ruby, sapphire and even gold has been found here
Mason Mountain Mine Gems and minerals
Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine Ruby, sapphire
Rose Creek Mine Ruby, sapphire, garnet, amethyst, citrine, moonstone, topaz, smoky quartz, rose quartz, quartz crystals and more!
Sheffield Mine Star ruby, sapphire
Thermal City Gold Mine Gold, gems
Vein Mountain Gold and Gems Gold, gems

Ohio

Nethers Farm – Flint Ridge Flint

Oklahoma

Great Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge Selenite crystals

Oregon

Double Eagle Mine Oregon Sunstone
Dust Devil Mining Company Oregon Sunstone
Juniper Ridge Opal Fire Opal
Lucky Strike Mine Agate, Thundereggs
Richardson’s Rock Ranch Agate, Thundereggs
Spectrum Sunstone Mines Oregon Sunstone
BLM Sunstone Collection Area Oregon Sunstone
Gem Trails of Oregon and Oregon Gold and Gems Maps Books and maps to help find gems and gold in Oregon

South Carolina

Diamond Hill Mine Amethyst, quartz

South Dakota

Big Thunder Gold Mine Gold

Texas

Seaquist Family Ranch Topaz
Stillwell Ranch Many different kinds of agate and gemstones.
Gem Trails of Texas A book explaining where collectors have found rocks and minerals

Utah

U-Dig Fossils Trilobite fossils
Rockhounding Utah, Gem Trails of Utah and Utah Gold and Gems Maps Books and maps to help find gems, rocks and gold in Utah

Virginia

Morefield Gem Mine – (Temporarily
closed for the 2014 season)
Over 80 different minerals.

Washington

Geology Adventures Guided trips to gem and mineral collecting sites.
Stonerose Interpretive Center & Eocene Fossil Site Eocene Fossils (you can keep three per day)
Gem Trails of Washington and Washington Gold and Gems Maps Books and maps to help find gold and gems in Washington

Wyoming

Fossil Safari Fossil fish from the Green River Formation
Ulrich’s Fossil Gallery Fossil fish
Wyoming Dinosaur Center “Dig For a Day” – Try and find your own fossils with experienced guides
Rockhounding Wyoming A guide to Wyoming’s best rockhounding sites

Canada

Opal Resources Canada Opal
Rock Candy Mine Geodes, Barite, Fluorite, Druzy Quartz



Please Let Us Know About a Fee Mining Site!


If you know of other fee mining sites not listed here, please let us know by emailing the URL of their website to: contact(at)RockTumbler.com To be listed a site must have a website and pass our review. We don’t include sites where collectors search through materials that have been “salted” with things to find.

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