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The Lake Superior Agate Hunt!

Lake Superior agates are a type of gemstone found along the shores of Lake Superior. These agates are prized for their beauty and are often collected by rockhounds, gem enthusiasts and beach combers. It can be a challenge to find them. As sailing captains who go on the trips every day with our guests we usually only find several through out the summer. If you are lucky enough to spot one on your trip its rarity makes it all the more special. There are many different types of agates found on Lake Superior, including:

  1. Banded agates: These agates are characterized by alternating bands of color, which can range from white to red to black.

  2. Eye agates: These agates are characterized by a "bull's-eye" pattern of concentric circles.

  3. Fortification agates: These agates are characterized by a pattern of intersecting lines or "fortifications," which give them a fortress-like appearance.

  4. Plume agates: These agates are characterized by a feathery or "plume-like" pattern of color.

  5. Dendritic agates: These agates are characterized by a tree-like pattern of inclusions, which can range from black to green to brown.

  6. Lace agates: These agates are characterized by a delicate, lace-like pattern of inclusions.

  7. Scenic agates: These agates are characterized by a pattern of inclusions that resemble a landscape or scene.

Each type of Lake Superior agate has its own unique beauty and appeal, and collectors often seek out specific types or combinations of agates. There is nothing better then sailing to a remote beach in the apostle islands and combing the beach for that rare agate. A true treasure!





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