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Agate Hunting

Agate Hunting

Lake Superior agates are available on many rocky beaches of the Keweenaw's north shore.  It is not too difficult to sift through stones and pebbles along the Lake Superior shoreline and find small agate chips.  They are tranclucent and look like small pieces of caramel candy, or strata pieces beautifully lined in shades of brown, red, gray, black and white.  They appear oily in contrast to other stones.  The larger agate stones, which may later be polished and used as jewelry pieces or ornaments, are a little harder to find and may take some digging.

Some of the more popular agate beaches include Misery Bay off M-26 near Toivola, McLain State Park on M-203 north of Hancock, Calumet Township Park off M-203 west of Calumet, Gratiot River Recreation Area off the Five Mile Point Road north of Ahmeek, Eagle Harbor Marina area, Copper Harbor and some areas around the Keweenaw Point.  Remember, the areas you're searching may be someone's back yard ...please respect private property, use common sense, watch for signs and don't litter.

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