Deer Park Lodge Resort on Muskallonge Lake
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Lake Superior Agate Hunting
Q: Where can I find agates in the Upper Peninsula?
A: Right here on Lake Superior while enjoying your stay with Deer Park Lodge Resort.
Lake Superior Agate Hunting is both extremely fun, addictive and at the same time, quite the challenge. There are people who have enjoyed Lake Superior Agate Hunting for decades who have a great collection, which took a long time to build up. And then you have your first time hunter that will find a massive agate within an hour. Once you find one, it's hard to stop. These semi-precious stones are marvelous to find, polish, cut, and make beautiful artisan projects out of. Because no two stones are alike, they are pieces of art handcrafted by God and nature.
Their worth depends on the type of semi-precious material that at one time filled in the bands of the stone. It is common to find some with amethyst, citrine, smoking quartz, just to name a few. If you are coming to visit with young children, they will love this great past time here on Lake Superior. Our resort is located just 1,800 feet from Lake Superior. We have collections of our own for viewing right at our General Store. It does help to look at specimens before venturing out your first time. Once you get the "eye" for it, you got it.
What is an agate?
The Lake Superior agate is a type of agate stained by iron and found on the shores of Lake Superior. Its wide distribution and iron-rich bands of color reflect the gemstone's geologic history in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan
The Lake Superior agate is noted for its rich red, orange, and yellow coloring. This color scheme is caused by the oxidation of iron. Iron leached from rocks provided the pigment that gives the gemstone its beautiful array of color. The concentration of iron and the amount of oxidation determine the color within or between an agate's bands. There can also be white, grey, black and tan strips of color as well.
The gemstone comes in various sizes. The gas pockets in which the agates formed were primarily small, about 1 cm in diameter. A few Lake Superior agates have been found that are 22 cm / 8.5 inches in diameter with a mass exceeding 10 kilograms / 22 lbs. Very large agates are extremely rare.
The most common type of Lake Superior agate is the fortification agate with its eye-catching banding patterns. Each band, when traced around an exposed pattern or "face," connects with itself like the walls of a fort, hence the name fortification agate.
♦ Learn More About Lake Superior & Muskallonge Lake
Muskallonge Lake & Sandy Beaches - Onsite
Lake Superior - 1,800 feet
ATV & Snowmobile Trails - Direct from your door
Pine Stump Cook Shack & Drinkery - 6 miles
Wolf Inn Restaurant & Bar - 13 miles
Oswald's Bear Ranch - 15 miles
Tahqualand Theatre - 23 miles
Upper Tahquamenon Falls - 41 miles
Lower Tahquamenon Falls - 45 miles
Shipwreck Museum - 65 miles
Two Hearted River (via CR 410) - 13 miles
Pictured Rocks - 75 miles