Welcome to Dale's Diggings site.
We offer local minerals and metals from upper Michigan, we also offer other specimens from around the world.
LOOKING FOR A GREAT PLACE TO ROCK HUNT???
Consider the copper and iron mines in upper Michigan.
There is a vast variety of minerals and metals to be found at the hundreds of old copper and iron mines. Native copper in basalt, shale, conglomerate, native silver, iron ores, datolites, greenstones, kono dolomite, and on and on.
Take advantage of one of the rock club shows in this area and the opportunity to be part of organized digs where they turn the mine dump over for you to hunt in. Just ask the Brainerd Mn club http://cuyunarockclub.org/wp/) about their fun times here. Also, their show is May 5th & 6th.
Or ask the Northwoods Geological Club (https://www.northwoodsgeologyclub.org/) about the amount of great rocks found and the shows museums and mine tours will be more than one can all check out. This club has some great field trips as well, so check out their website.
The first organized week of activities is the Keweenaw Mineral Days Tuesday, July 17, 2018 to Saturday, July 21, 2018.
Hosted by the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, the event provides legal surface prepared mineral collecting on rock piles of former mines in the Keweenaw Peninsula.
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN MARCH: site information is located at (http://www.museum.mtu.edu/visit/events/keweenaw-mineral-days)
The first show of the season is the Lakeland Gem Club show in Minocqua Wi on July 20 & 21th. (www.lakelandgemclub.com) the show has around 25 vendors. No organized rock trips yet to date, but maps are available to hunt the lower copper region around Rockland Michigan about a 60 minute drive. You can also take a great mine tour at the Adventure Mine Tour in Greenland Mich. (www.adventureminetours.com) guide service is also available.
The next show is the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club (http://www.ishpemingrocks.org/) their one day show is Saturday August 4th. They have vendors indoors and outdoors with a wide variety of items. They do have some awesome organized field trips on Friday, Sunday and Monday. You can register on line, just check out their website.Just a heads up! These openings go fast, so do not delay if you are planning to do this. Their digs end on Monday and the digs begin down in Houghton for the copper week of the Copper Country Rock and Mineral Club (http://www.ccrmc.info/).
Their organized field trips that go from Tuesday to Thursday, with a show from Friday to Sunday. During the week there is special events (dinners, auctions, presentations, silent auctions and open houses at local vendors). There is also a rock swap at the Quincy Mine Hoist on that Wednesday Evening at 5 PM. There is a great mine tour at the Quincy hoist in Hancock Mich. http://www.quincymine.com/guided-tours-rates There is the Quincy smelter tours available just down the hill https://www.facebook.com/events/595879727191672
Another mine tour is a self-guided tour of the Delaware mine, north in Delaware Michigan, and say hello to their pet skunk Oreo. Animals are permitted to go on the tour with you. http://www.delawarecopperminetours.com/
One of the finest mineral museums is located at Michigan Technical College, the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum (http://www.museum.mtu.edu/) this is a must see!
There is such a variety of rock and ways of rock hunting in the area. From beach combing for the various types of agates (lake superiors, Keweenaw point, Manitou Island etc. Also datolite, greenstones (chlorastrolite) zealites/mesolites/thompsonite, copper, epidote. There is also beach glass, aluminum slugs, pottery, drift wood and odd shaped rock to be found. A view box makes walking in the shallows a great way to find the larger nice items. http://www.superiortrails.com/agate-beaches-keweenaw.html
There is also the old mine dumps from the copper and iron mines that still yield loads of great minerals and metal combinations. You can also find the world’s rarest and oldest agate in the world, the copper infused agate found only in the Kearsarge basaltic lode in this area.
Having a metal detector guarantee’s you will find copper and most likely silver as well.
We also offer guide services, metal detector rentals, maps, places to stay, places to EAT!!! We specialize in the various types of the rare copper infused agates plus minerals and metals from all over Michigan. If you plan on attending during one of the copper weeks, be sure to get a motel or campsite as soon as possible as they fill up fast.
Bring some of your local rock to trade and sell with locals as they love seeing rock from other areas.
Have any questions feel free to ask away!
Hoping to see you up in the YOOPER this year.
NOTE: you do not need any mine safety training to do any organized or non- organized rock hunting.
check the inventory.
We will be adding Keweenaw Point agates, silver, copper artifacts, copper crystals plus other items. we have about 200 more specimens to add during the month. Please check them out. If you have a request for special items like float copper or such related items. I also have fire brick to add as well.
Top collectors dedicated to show you the best in the very rare copper agates, gem quality datolites , native copper, metal crystals and half breeds, and Native American copper artifacts.
Majority of these specimens are collected mainly in upper Michigan areas.
Some of the top collectors in each grouping have agreed to sell some of their specimens.
New items arriving, including datolites and now native copper artifacts from northern wisconsin flowages.
MANY NEW MINERAL AND METAL ITEMS ADDED AND OTHER ITEMS AS WELL
Most people do not realize all the hard work it takes to find these rare minerals and metals. Some of the Datolites and Native Copper is from collections over 60 years old.
If you would like to track my 13 years of on line sales here is my link.
If you have specimens similar to these and want to sell them, please contact me through the contact us tab.
Starting in late November, we will accept the following means of payment: paypal, Personal Checks, and Money Orders. We have taken off the shopping cart as it was not worth the cost per month.
This site is dedicated to POP A DO!
The best rockhound dad that ever was!