by Robert Trudeau
110 BEST Spots for Agate Hunting in Michigan
Are you searching for a Lake Superior agate?
Whether you’re a novice rockhound or a seasoned collector, Upper Michigan’s agate hunting
destinations offer a unique blend of geological wonders and the thrill of discovery. Get ready to
uncover the hidden gemstone treasures that lie scattered along the captivating Lake Superior
Let the adventure begin!
Welcome to the world of agate hunting in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a thrilling endeavor that
combines the beauty of nature with the discovery of hidden gemstone treasures. Nestled along
the Lake Superior shoreline, this region is a haven for rock enthusiasts seeking the allure of
You might have heard that you need to go to the north shore of Lake Superior or the Apostle Islands to find agates but that is not true. The abundance of Lake Superior Agate beaches make it easy to hunt for these treasured rocks, especially if you use some basic Agate Hunting Tips:
1. Find a Lake Superior beach that has a lot of exposed rock. Agates and beaches that are sandy don’t make for great rock hunting.
2. Looking for agates is easier when it is sunny outside and easy to spot these beauties
3. Hunt for agates after storm; the big waves will have washed up fresh rocks for you to collect
About Lake Superior Agates
Agates form through a slow process of mineral deposition within cavities in volcanic or sedimentary rocks. Gas pockets form within the lava flow creating cavities. The build-up in these cavities result in unique and eye-catching designs as the agates form. Each agate is like a work of art crafted by nature itself.
Upper Michigan, particularly the scenic shores of Lake Superior, offers a prime hunting ground for agate enthusiasts. Exploring the beaches during low tide or after storms can increase your chances of finding hidden treasures, as the shifting sands reveal new deposits and fresh agates.
In addition to agates, keep an eye out for the rare and mesmerizing Yooperlites. These fluorescent rocks, found primarily along the Lake Superior shoreline, emit a mesmerizing glow under ultraviolet light.
Hunting for Yooperlites adds an extra layer of excitement to your agate hunting adventure. So grab a bucket and embark on your agate-seeking adventure! We’ve also included a handy map at the bottom of this post to help you plan your pure Michigan adventure in agate hunting.
There are many different types of agates including micro banded agates, fortification agates, eye agates and more. You can check here to learn more about how to identify the treasures you find. Who knows? If you’re lucky, you just might stumble on a museum grade tine when you’re looking for agates!
Best Places for Lake Superior Agate Hunting
42870 Agate Beach Road, Toivola, MI 49965
Nestled along the geologically diverse lakeshore, Agate Beach lives up to its name, promising a haven for rock hunters. Pitch a tent and bring your ultraviolet light, because rare Yooperlites are found on the sandy beaches at night!
You’ll find Agate Beach roughly 25 miles southwest from Houghton. You’ll also find a Lake Superior campground here: the Agate Beach campground has tent sites, electricity, and primitive campsites on the shores of Lake Superior.
Misery Bay Beach
Misery Bay Rd. Toivola, MI 49965
Don’t be fooled by the name—Misery Bay Beach is anything but miserable for rockhounds. This
popular beach destination offers not only opportunities for swimming but also a chance to indulge in the art of rock hunting. For the best agate finds, plan your visit during the early spring or late fall when the beach is less crowded.
Misery Bay Beach is located just down the road from Twin Lakes State Park. Just travel down the Misery Bay Road, and you’re sure to find it.
Eagle River Beach
5095 Fourth Street Eagle River, MI 49950
With its striking red and rocky shoreline, Eagle River Beach stands as a reminder to the iron ore
found in the area. The beach is split into two halves, offering a unique setting on either side of the Eagle River. Take advantage of the seasons when the river is easily crossed near Lake Superior and embark on an unforgettable agate hunting experience.
The Eagle River beach is centrally located in the heart of downtown Eagle River. It’s set alongside one of superior’s most scenic drives and is an incredible stop along your drive through the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Hunter’s Point Park
F4F5+WP Hunter’s Point Park, Copper Harbor, MI 49918
Hunter’s Point Park, with its breathtaking views of Copper Harbor Bay and Lake Superior, serves as a magnet for both nature enthusiasts and avid rock hounds. The park boasts an abundance of agates and other fascinating rocks, promising an exciting treasure hunt amidst picturesque surroundings.
Located in the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula, this is one of the most beautiful rock beaches on this list. At Hunter’s Point Park, the massive pebbly beach stretches miles in each direction.
Calumet Waterworks Park Beach
Lakeshore Dr Calumet, MI 49913
Located just a short distance from McClain State Park, Calumet Waterworks Park Beach awaits your arrival. Following a scenic drive along Highway 203, you’ll find yourself at this hidden gem with agate hunting opportunities abound. Take a leisurely stroll along the shore and let the thrill of finding unique agates ignite your passion for rock picking.
More Places to Find Lake Superior Agates
Woodland Park Campground Beach
Brazel Street, Grand Marais, MI 49839
Grand Marais, MI, not only offers the breathtaking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore but also houses the renowned Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum. The beach is a treasure trove for agate enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Lake Superior’s shores while scouring the beach for these captivating gemstones.
When you’re done hunting, pitch a tent or hook up your RV at the Woodland Park Campground Complete with electricity and all the amenities of a public park, this is a great place to bring the family for a weekend of rock hounding and fun!
Muskallonge State Park Beach
29881 Co Rd 407, Newberry, MI 49868
Muskallonge Lake State Park hosted “The Rock Festival” for agate enthusiasts in past years. Set up camp at the park’s picturesque grounds, and hunt for agates with some of the best! Wake up to the gentle sounds of the waves and venture out to explore the rocky beach that stretches before you.
This is a popular spot during the festival, but very quiet during the rest of the year. You can even find Yooperlites here at night. Locals sell from their impressive collections, so this is a cool time to find unique Michigan gemstones – on the beach or otherwise.
N Vermillion Rd, Paradise, MI 49768
This expansive beach covers almost two miles of Superior Lakeshore. Across the beach you can find some of the most beautiful Lake Superior agates. Rockhounds and nature enthusiasts alike travel across the Upper Peninsula to find this remote beach.
Since the beach is so remote, the road to Vermillion Point is not well maintained. You’ll be able to make the drive in a 4×4 vehicle, but it will be a bumpy ride. Once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave. This is a great place to bring a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon hunting for agates!
Little Girl’s Point
500 N. Moore St. Bessemer, MI 49911
Discover the wonders of Little Girl’s Point in the Western Upper Peninsula, a beloved destination for rock hunting in the foothills of the Porcupine Mountains. As you set foot on the beach, you’ll be greeted by a mesmerizing display of rounded rocks brought in by Lake Superior’s gentle waves.
Rumor has it that the Aztecs or the Incas buried a large stash of gold around Little Girl’s Point.
Spend hours searching for gold or agates amidst this captivating landscape. When you’re exhausted, you can enjoy a comfortable stay at the adjacent Little Girl’s Point Park Campground.
Bay Furnace Campground Beach
E7900 W, M-28, Munising, MI 49862
For an unforgettable agate hunting experience, venture north and west from the Bay Furnace Campground Beach. Engage in the thrill of rock picking as you explore the Eastern Upper Peninsula shoreline. Let your senses guide you as you uncover the hidden beauty of Lake Superior’s unique gemstones.
In the nearby waters divers explore the Alger Underwater Preserve. The campground is a base camp for many nature enthusiasts and rock hounds alike. You may need to walk down the beach quite a ways to find the rocky section, as the campground beach is mostly sand.
Discover the Wonder of Hunting for Lake Superior Agates
Upper Michigan’s shores hold a wealth of natural treasures for agate hunters and rock enthusiasts. Soak in the splendor of Lake Superior’s shoreline and embark on an adventure that unveils the hidden wonders of agate hunting. Start planning your expedition today and let the beauty of Upper Michigan mesmerize you as you unearth these captivating gemstones.
Remember to use discretion when hunting for agates. Try not to disturb the beaches and make sure to leave something for the next person. That keeps it fun for everyone!
Looking for more Beach Rocks? Use our Guide to the Best Rock Hunting Beaches in Michigan!
If you’re really crazy for agates, you might consider these top spots for agate hunting in Minnesota. All are located near the North Shore of Lake Superior
- Beaver Bay
- Grand Portage
- Gooseberry Falls State Park
- Gunflint Trail
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About the Author-
My name is Robert Trudeau, and I’m a web content writer soon to be graduating with a B.S. in Writing with a minor in Digital Studies. Hailing in from the Upper Peninsula, I’m no stranger to the expansive beauty of Michigan. In this role, I’m excited to share my knowledge of Michigan while working within the web content development process. In the future I hope to work as a web developer and backend content strategist, helping clients build powerful websites with research-driven content and brand-specific strategies to support continued success.