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mike
 #1 
i'm new here love the site, lots of information. I'm also new to central Indiana. What are good rocks to search for in this state. I live a little north on Indianapolis.
Bob Harman
 #2 
This 5 year old thread had no responses so, despite the fact that much of my reply has been said elsewhere, I will respond for "completeness". Mike asked about rock hunting in Indiana. Generally, North of Indianapolis, the best places to hunt are the quarries and a few stream beds near Lafayette.   In the quarries collectible pyrite and calcites can be found. In a couple of quarries near the town of Rensselaer nice marcasites are found.  A Fort Wayne quarry had good collectible fluorite.      Having said this a few of the quarries have closed and may be considered extinct localities. Most, if not all the quarries are closed to collecting. Best bet is to hook up with a local rock club or two and see about going in on club field trips.

South of Indianapolis additional quarries are found with road cuts in the hilly areas and lake shores and stream beds.  Calcite and pyrite is common. Geodes occur in South-central Indiana. These contain quartz and a number of common, unusual and rare secondary minerals.    They are best collected from road cuts near Bloomington and the town of Salem in Washington County, but are easier to collect in the stream beds and lake shores in this part of the state.  Celestite and dolomite are among several additional minerals found in southern Indiana quarries.

So road cuts, quarries, and stream beds/lake shores are the places to collect.   Actually doing so is another story as there is private property, areas of no collecting, and many extinct or closed sites.   Never the less, nice stuff is still out there so good luck!     BOB
Dan
 #3 
Hello everyone.  My son and I are looking for a good place, either private or public, to hunt for a few geodes.  We are in the Chicago area and are looking around Monroe Lake over Spring Break.  Can you hunt near there?  If so where?  Any information would be great as this will be our first time there.  Thanks

Dan
Bob Harman
 #4 
Dan, Please see my reply on the other thread and take a bit of time to read thru related threads to see some ideas about collecting possibilities in Indiana.   BOB
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