|Prospecting for Agates!
We will do our best to assist you with some
As a fairburn and lake superior agate
hunter, my best hunting beds are: you guessed it---- ON EBAY! I am a
confirmed ebay nut, I have to check each week to see what awesome fairburn
and lake superior agates are for sale. This is a expensive habit at times,
but one that I love.
Seriously now, finding high quality agates,
especially fairburn and lake superior agates is getting to be more difficult
as the years go by. Many old collectors are now gone, their awesome
collections have been disposed of and many of the best collecting areas are
closed due to overuse and new federal and state collecting laws.
As a lover of the wilderness, I feel that
many of the problems that have occurred have been due to unrestrained use
and abuse of these special lands. We need to unite to open more of these
collecting areas by working together and using our influence. Plus, we need
to educate the young adults as to the wonders of collecting, as well as
working together as collectors to preserve our distinctive heritage.
Note: that updates to state and federal
laws and current policies will be added to this site at a later date.
Agate Beds in South Dakota
One of the best places to hunt is in the
Buffalo Gap Grasslands of South Dakota and the Oglala National Grasslands of
Nebraska. New finds are being found daily, since erosion with wind and water
is continually exposing new freshly exposed areas to hunt. River beds are a
great place to look for new agates, but be careful and wear boots for
The best tips and tricks as well as photos
of exceptional finds and stories will be added to this site, to be shared
with our agate community. Please use a self addressed and stamped envelope
for return of photos.
Agate Beds of South Dakota
Agate Hunting in South Dakota
Fred's agate hunting expertise is well
known, at least by me, since he usually finds all the best agates!
Fred and I, have been agate hunters as well
as fossil hunters for years. We love to go rock and fossil hunting and know that hunting
agates is an art. Now if you can find an "old-timer" that will assist you
with "educating you" to be an expert agate hunter and prospector, then you
are in for a real rock hounding treat!
In the grasslands of South Dakota, are many
areas that are open to agate hunting. The primary hunting areas for the
fairburn agate were east of Fairburn, east of Oelrichs and south of Ardmore.
Please note that there is to be no collecting in National Park Areas as well
as Wilderness Areas, and that collecting is only permitted on national
grasslands and with permission on private lands.
To Find Fairburn Agates:
- Look for rocks with parallel banding
- Look for rocks with a smooth, exterior
- Look for holly shaped patterns
- Look for rough melted, cracked surface
- Look for thumb print indentations
Top Quality Fairburn with Holly Pattern
- Prairie agates are not fairburn agates
- Prairie agates have cloud shaped
- Prairie agates do not have parallel
- Prairie agates are nice agates and
If there are any prospectors/agate hunters (you don't
have to be an "old timer"), out there that would like to share their tips and
tricks on prospecting, please feel free to send them to:
Thank you, Jennie