State Gemstone: Lake Superior Agates (1969)

While in Minnesota, you’ll want to head to Lake Superior to search for the Lake Superior Agates. These beautiful rocks can be found in localities across almost the entire state due to the relatively recent glacial activity which is responsible for transporting and exposing these unique specimens.

Glacial activity carved out Minnesota’s lakes and transported these rocks from the basalt flows to the north and left them behind in glacial deposits for you and I to find.

Minnesota also has an ancient history of Volcanoes and vast seas once covered the entire state.

These are a few of the things you may want to take along with you on your dig:

A small, handheld garden rake
A handheld trowel
Knee pads or an old cushion to kneel/sit on
A bucket, for holding your finds
Newspaper or grocery bags to wrap and protect your crystals

While digging crystals you will probably be outside for a long time. You may want to bring:

A wide hat
Bug spray, and a small first aid kit (Quartz can be sharp!)


3749 Hwy 33 N., Cloquet MN 55720

(651) 387-1894





Get Pickin, is a place to learn about and experience picking your own Lake Superior Agates, Fossils, Quartz, Jasper and other awesome rocks. We have piles of local rocks for you to explore through. There are many one of a kind finds to take home with you!


~Bring your own rakes, shovels, spray bottles, or any other tools you may need (we will not be providing these like in past years).

~Please remove all personal belongings when leaving.

~All children and pets must be supervised.

~Animals must be leashed (we have friendly chickens).

~Only paying rock pickers are allowed on property.


Please note that rock collecting locations are always changing so be sure to check with the site owner for the most current information before going.

Dig safe, never go underground, and make sure to get permission from the landowner to search for and collect rocks.