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Fee Mining and Digging for Gems, Minerals, Gold, Crystals

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Fee mining collecting map
Fee mining collecting map
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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 did not make a great find every time, but it was a good experience overall. One of our favorites is looking for Herkimer "Diamonds".

If you own a fee mining site not listed here, please let us know. To be listed, a site must have a website and pass our review. We do not include sites where collectors search through materials that have been "salted" with things to find or where materials from other mines or locations are hauled in. Not all of the sites listed below require a fee.


Alabama

Alabama Gold Camp Gold

Alaska

Chicken Gold Camp Gold
Crow Creek Gold Mine Gold

Arizona

Arizona BLM collecting sites Agate, Apache tears, fire agate, jasper, onyx, petrified wood

Arkansas

Board Camp Crystal Mine Quartz crystals
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.
Dixie Crystal Mining Co. Clear Quartz and Phantom Quartz
Jim Coleman Crystals Clear and White quartz crystal. You can also expect to find some interesting pieces with Adularia and Calcite
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.
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California

Benitoite Gem Mine Benitoite
Golden Caribou Mining Gold
Gold Prospecting Adventures Gold
Himalaya Mine Tourmaline, quartz crystals, lepidolite, topaz, morganite, and other pegmatite minerals
Modoc National Forest Obsidian
Oceanview Mine Tourmalines, kunzites, morganites and more.
Roaring Camp Mining Company Gold
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Colorado

Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Gold
Bob's Rocks 4 U - Prospector Tours Dinosaur bones, gold, petrified wood and more
Colorado Gold Camp Gold
Country Boy Mine Gold
Phoenix Gold Mine Gold
Pinnacle5Minerals Topaz, smokey quartz, amazonite
Vic's Gold Panning Gold

Connecticut

Simpson Quarry Pegmatite
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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

Idaho

Emerald Creek Star Garnet Area Star Garnet
Gold Mine Adventures Gold
GoldFever Mining Supply Gold
Spencer Opal Mines Opal

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

Baisch's Dinosaur Digs Fossils
Blaze-N-Gems Sapphire, Garnet
Crystal Park Quartz crystals
Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine Sapphire
Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine Sapphire
Two Medicine Dinosaur Center The Two Medicine Dinosaur Center runs scheduled digs for dinosaur and other types of fossils. Note: Fossils found become the property of the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center. Check their website for full details.

Nebraska

High Plains Homestead Fossils

Nevada

Bonanza Opal Mines Opal
Kokopelli Opals Opal
Rainbow Ridge Opal
Royal Peacock Opal Mine Opal

New Hampshire

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
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New York

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

North Carolina

Brushy Creek Mine Aquamarine, tourmaline, garnet, beryl
Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine Ruby, sapphire
Cowee Gift Shop and Mason Mountain Mine Rhodolite and ruby
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
Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine Gold
Mason Farm Staurolite Prospect Staurolite, corundum, ruby, sapphire and even gold has been found here
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

North Dakota

North Dakota Geological Survey NDGS runs scheduled dinosaur and fossil digs from late June to mid-August. Note: All fossils found go to the North Dakota State Fossil Collection in Bismarck, ND. Check the NDGS website for full details.

Ohio

Caesar Creek Lake Spillway Fossils
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
Lucky Strike Mine Agate, Thundereggs
Public Rock Hounding Sites (central Oregon) Petrified wood, agate, jasper, obsidian, thunder eggs
Richardson's Rock Ranch Agate, Thundereggs
Spectrum Sunstone Mines Oregon Sunstone
BLM Sunstone Collection Area Oregon Sunstone

South Carolina

Diamond Hill Mine Amethyst, quartz

South Dakota

Big Thunder Gold Mine Gold
PaleoAdventures PaleoAdventures runs scheduled dinosaur digs in the Badlands area of South Dakota. Note: Your guide will inspect the fossils that you find. Diggers can keep common fossils that they find and purchase commercial-grade fossils that they find. Scientific-grade fossils are given to museums and universities. Check their website for full details.

Texas

Bar M Ranch Services Topaz
Mineral Wells Fossil Park Invertebrate Fossils
Seaquist Family Ranch Topaz
Stillwell Ranch Many different kinds of agate and gemstones.
Teri Smith Rock Hunts Agate hunts to numerous locations in the Big Bend Region

Utah

Blue Crystal Mines Azurite
Gem Tours Bixbyte, pink topaz, red beryl and more
Topaz Mountain Adventures Topaz
Trilobyte Me! Quarry Fossil Dig Trilobite fossils
U-Dig Fossils Trilobite fossils

Virginia

Morefield Gem Mine 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)

Wyoming

Fossil Safari Fossil fish from the Green River Formation
Tynsky's Fossils Inc. Fossils from Fossil Lake
Ulrich's Fossil Gallery Fossil fish
Wyoming Dinosaur Center The Wyoming Dinosaur Center runs scheduled digs for dinosaur and other types of fossils. Note: Fossils found become the property of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. Check their website for full details.

Australia

Gemtree Gemfields Fossicking Tours Garnet and Mud Tank zircon
Mt. Hay Gemstone Tourist Park Thundereggs, Rainforest Rhyolite

Canada

Opal Resources Canada Opal


Please Let Us Know About a Fee Mining Site!


If you own a fee mining site not listed here, please let us know by emailing the URL of your website to: 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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Hobart King Hobart M. King has decades of rock tumbling experience and writes most of the articles on RockTumbler.com. He has a PhD in geology and is a GIA graduate gemologist. He also writes the articles about rocks, minerals and gems on Geology.com.
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