Recreational geology

Recreational geology in Minnesota includes tours of mine sites, locations to view significant landscapes or geologic features and agate hunting.



General questions and answers

Q. Where can I go to find agates?

Tips on agate hunting and rock and mineral exploration:

Q: Are gold or other precious metals found in Minnesota? Are permits required to prospect or mine for these metals?

Yes and yes. Check Recreational Geology in Minnesota This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. for information on recreational gold panning and prospecting, as well as rockhounding, spelunking and tours of iron mining-related facilities.

Q: I found an interesting rock or fossil. How can I get it identified?

Think the rock may have economic potential? Email the Minnesota Geological Survey or call DNR Lands and Minerals at 651-259-5959 (St. Paul) or 218-231-8484 (Hibbing).