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Let’s Go Dig for Rocks! // Michigan Rockhounding

A rock full of oceanic fossils, found in Lake Huron.

Yesterday, I spent hours raking the beach for fossils, Agate, Jasper, Septarian, and anything else on my Michigan mineralogy radar. This was our third rockhounding day-trip this summer, and now being at home feels strange—like that one piece of the puzzle that makes “home” feel like a long needed breath of fresh air is still back at the beach. Which is weird, because my home is about as peaceful as can be.

It’s just that…I like rocks. I really, really like rocks.

It all goes back to summers in Massachusetts on the lake. (Speaking of which, I should write more in the Lake Lashaway series…making a mental note!) I spent days upon days diving for the coolest, biggest, most badass rocks buried in the sand. Sometimes my choice specimen were so heavy, I had to roll them to shore along the bottom of the lakebed, diving back up for air every few steps. I loved it! My parents were rock-collecting enthusiasts as well, and allowed us to stuff our van’s stow-and-go with earthly treasures whether we were hiking the Grand Canyon or passing through Tennessee.

Nowadays I have the crystal shop, which is slowly getting into gear. I’m surrounded by funky minerals and crystals I couldn’t have imagined, and yet, the urge to dig and explore for myself is so strong. Man, it’s one of those things that captures every bit of my focus and I could go hours without eating, without stretching, without glancing up. It’s just me and the earth and the next little treasure.

It turns out, Michigan is one of the best locations in the world for rockhounding. So, I’ve revived the old hobby and have my husband and kiddos excited about it now too. My plan is to spend some chill evenings this autumn and winter identifying and organizing my finds. Just for fun. And maybe one day I’ll tumble them…throw them into shop orders or gift them to friends…

Some of the material I’ve found is the same as the specimen I sell in my shop, which is so fascinating to me. Septarian formed here in Michigan, and in Madagascar—cool! I’d like to learn more about the oceanic fossils and ancient minerals that have made their way to me. And in my own searches, I’ve struggled to find photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron rocks that are helpful for amateur rockhounders like me. Maybe I can throw something together as I build a little collection over the years.

Anyways, that’s all for today. I’m just happy to have this hobby that makes me happy and lifts my spirits, and thought I’d share with you. ♡

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

~ Sam

Here are just a few cool finds:

A unique rock found in Lake Michigan. A horned coral, found in Lake MichiganA unique rock found in Lake Michigan.A horned coral fossil found in Lake Michigan.A Charlevoix stone found in Lake Michigan


  • Michele Lee
    August 22, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    You are clearly in the flow with this activity. Excellent! Beautiful finds and photos! ✨

    • Samantha Burgett
      August 23, 2023 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks Michele! Still geeking out over some of the fossil finds, ha. 😁

      • Michele Lee
        August 23, 2023 at 1:09 pm

        I understand. 🤓 You are similar to my Sam in more ways than one. 😊

  • Bridgette
    August 28, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    Those rocks are all so cool! I’m the same. Give me water and rocks…I’m a happy girl.

    • Samantha Burgett
      August 30, 2023 at 2:46 pm

      That’s awesome! If you’re ever in my corner of the world, I’ve got places we could explore. Ha! Cheers to my fellow rockhounder! 😁

  • Tamara
    September 23, 2023 at 4:22 pm

    I adore rocks and have always wanted to visit Michigan for just that reason. Marquette was a place that fascinated me for a time. One of my husband’s friends, who lives in Michigan, sent me some cool rocks that really made me interested in seeing more. Maybe some day… 😊

    • Samantha Burgett
      September 25, 2023 at 10:14 am

      Ohhh yes! I’ve always loved rocks too, and didn’t realize until this summer that Michigan is one of the most unique places in the world to rock hound. My husband was actually just in the Marquette area this week for work and brought back some cool gems. I hope you do get the chance to visit one day! Have a lovely day Tamara! (By the way, its nice to meet you!)


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