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Posted in response to rockhounding sites in NY state from marilyn olson on April 09, 2008 at 16:44:31:

Re: rockhounding sites in NY state

NY collecting is always a good time and as other have posted Herkimer Diamonds are your best bet. The big question here as in other places is what are you willing to spend and how much work are you willing to do. If you like breaking Dolomite ledge with 15-25 lb sledges and wedges and devote a week or two you can usually find a big pocket at the fee sites in Herkimer proper, Herkimer Development and the abutting mine offer ledge breaking and overburden pile roaming for between $10-$25 a day . Breaking boulders discarded on the quarry floor will occasionaly yield a nice specimen. A lot of hard work is necessary to work through the ledge above the pocket area (10-12 ft.) and reach the productive layer. You can also contract with one of the sites and they will blast and remove the overburden for you at about $1000+ last I heard for a "guaranteed pocket". Or just go to Crystal Grove in St. Johnsville and screen them from the dirt piles or work the ledges which are a lot thinner but no softer. They have a nice camground and cabins at reasonable prices. Fonda also has another area that lets you dig for $2.00 (Margaret Hastings Mine) but there are alot of claimed areas and overburden to remove. Also no facilities on this site. Both of these last two sites also offer up an occasional large Calcite as well as spcimens attached to Druzy Quartz.
Wherever you go there are also numerous locals along I-90 to collect fossils and other minerals so first get a New York Rockhounding site guidebook, just "google it" and you will get hits.
Have fun and hope to see you there somewhere, but be sure to bring gloves and glasses as the Quartz and rock in general will chew on you a little. And, oh yeah, bring me a beer.

From Don - April 10, 2008 at 09:14:51

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