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Fee Mining and Digging Sites

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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)geology.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.

This information was originally created for RockTumbler.com, which, along with Geology.com, is a Geoshops.com website.


Alabama Gold Camp Gold


Chicken Gold Camp Gold
Crow Creek Gold Mine Gold


Arizona BLM collecting sites Fire agates


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.


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


Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Gold
Colorado Gold Camp Gold
Country Boy Mine Gold
Phoenix Gold Mine Gold
Pinnacle5Minerals Topaz, smokey quartz, amazonite


Simpson Quarry Pegmatite


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


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


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


Keokuk Geodes Geodes


Fossil & Prairie Park Fossils


Clement Mineral Museum Fluorite and related minerals


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.


Calvert Cliffs State Park Fossils


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


Hill Annex Mine State Park Fossils


Sheffler’s Rock Shop and Geode Mine Geodes


Baisch’s Dinosaur Digs Fossils
Crystal Park Quartz crystals
Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine Montana sapphire
Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine Sapphire


High Plains Homestead Fossils


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

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

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
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


Caesar Creek Lake Spillway Fossils
Nethers Farm – Flint Ridge Flint


Great Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge Selenite crystals


Double Eagle Mine Oregon Sunstone
Dust Devil Mining Company Oregon Sunstone
Lucky Strike Mine Agate, Thundereggs
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 Dinosaur Fossils


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


Topaz Mountain Adventures Topaz
U-Dig Fossils Trilobite fossils


Morefield Gem Mine Over 80 different minerals.


Geology Adventures Guided trips to gem and mineral collecting sites.
Stonerose Interpretive Center & Eocene Fossil Site Eocene Fossils (you can keep three per day)


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


Opal Resources Canada Opal

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)geology.com To be listed a site must have a website and pass our review. This page is for sites where visitors search for gems and minerals that are native to the site. We do not include sites where collectors search through materials that have been "salted" with things to find.

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