Division of Lands and Minerals

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).