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Clarence Snyder
Anyone looking for Geodes in Southern Indiana should check out
the Brown County Rock and Mineral Club. Some one there may know of a place you can hunt geodes.
i was looking for little minnows in my back yard since we have a creek there and i saw a lumpy rock and i was like what kind of rock is that then i got in the water and grabbed it,it sounded hallow so i went inside and grabbed a hammer and broke the rock and inside was purple rocks=purple amethyst and by that time i knew it was a geode and it was about 8" in width and 1' in height it was the biggest geode i found in a long time and I'm only 12 and i live in oakwood Illinois
Jarad, that's pretty cool! It's hard to find amethyst geodes, that is for sure.
I live in Northwest Indiana & I really want to go look for geodes but I don't want to go too far away. Does anyone know of any places nearby where I can find geodes??
Mike Streeter

Geodes aren't found everywhere, so you have to go where they are and the closest place to where you live is detailed on the first page of this message thread.

My family & I are going geode hunting around Monroe Lake this weekend. We were wondering if we needed to obtain some type of permit. Does anyone know that answer? Thanks!!!
If you ask for permission to collect there government/state employees are bound by law to inform you that it is not allowed.They will probably say nothing to you about collecting some rocks if you are fairly discrete about it.Don't be greedy,start pounding on the dam with a rock hammer or make a nuisance of yourself and they will most likely look the other way.Try asking local farmers for permission to collect on their land and,if you are allowed to,be respectful of their crops,animals,etcetera.The local people are VERY kind and generous if you treat them with respect.Thank them kindly whether they say yes or no.Perhaps give them some kind of a small gift to express your appreciation.Pretty much ANY little tiny creek in this area is chock full of geodes so do not overlook any place where water may have exposed geodes.HAPPY COLLECTING!
Thanks for the information Earl! We are amateur geode hunters so we definitely wont be doing any kind of serious digging or banging )
My daughters and I went hunting for geodes today. They r little and this trip was a first for all of us. We found plenty around the bedford/monroe area in IN. How do we know what kind of geodes we have? I have cracked a few open some are solid and some hollow with crystals inside. Does anyone know what type are common for that area?
Hi Jen!The hollow geodes that you found in this area are most likely lined with clear and milky quartz crystals and possibly with calcite crystals.Many other minerals do occur in these geodes,but most of them are destroyed by water leaching through the geodes as they are eroding out of the host rock.)Limestone)This takes many millions of years.As the geodes wait on the creek bottom for you to find them water also dissolves minerals from inside of them.The quartz that the geodes are primarily made up of is much more resistant to weathering than the limestone host rock is. Many of these geodes are stained inside with a rusty coating.This is what's left of any iron minerals that they once contained.If you have the ambition to do some hard rock mining you might find crystals of metallic minerals etcetera in geodes that are still protected by the host rock.Keep on geoding,Earl
John Morris
Geodes are found in other places in Indiana besides Bloomington. I live in Benton county just north and west of Attica (in Warren County). My wife and I often go to Big Pine Creek near Rocky Ford and find geodes. Most are small and most are calcite. We have found one nice smoky quartz geode that displays well. I also went to a farmer's field to pick up rocks to decorate around the house and found a boulder of rose quartz -- at least 200 lbs. It now graces my yard near my front door.
I live on the NW side of Chicago.I am looking for a place close to where I live to hunt for Geodes.I am really close to the Des plains river and cook county forest preserve.Are those good places to look? Also, where near me can I find crinoid fossils? Thanks
Mike Streeter

The closest place to Chicago that I know for geodes is the area south of Bloomington, Indiana described throughout this message thread. Geodes aren't found just anywhere, so you have to travel to where they are. I'm not a huge fossil guy, so I'm not sure about the closest place for crinoids.

Does anyone know where to find geodes in Pennsylvania? I'm in the Reading, Pa. area which is about 50 miles N/W of Philadelphia. I'm a Disabled American Veteran, and have found that Lapidary working is not only fun, but is helping me with my disability by doing a hobby that keeps me busy. I purchased an 18" lapidary saw, it's about a million years old itself, but works really well. I also bought some other equip. Lap polisher, grinder/polisher. My wife thinks I have enough rocks in my head, and don't need I really love finding stones/rocks/geodes and cutting and making something that was created millions of years ago. I love to cut a geode open and be the first to see what God created millions of years ago. I refuse though to just break a geode. I believe the geode is a look back into time, and to crush it is destroying it.

Anyway, I would love to know where to find geodes, or any nice stones to cut and polish in Pennsylvania, or Delaware or even New Jersey. Thanks everyone.
Hi Gary!As far as finding quartz geodes in Pennsylvania,you are most likely out of luck.The geology in these parts just isn't right for them.They do find botryoidal goethite geodes not too far from Philly.Look at the field trips page on this site under Pennsylvania for Sunnybrook creek goethite.Quartz geodes are found in Indiana,Illinois,Iowa and Kentucky on this side of the country.I have also heard of some being found as close as Ohio and West Virginia.Earl
Thanks Earl,

I will have to go check out Sunnybrook Creek, I'll have to wait about a year before the water recedes enough with all this rain we have had in the last 2 or drive to Indiana.

Thanks again Earl

Greg Kokolus
You should be receiving an email from me that will help you with some of your questions and how to connect with the local mineral community.
There are alot of active collectors in the Reading/Allentown area who I'm sure would be happy to provide advice and material for you to cut.

Greg Kokolus
Hi there! I live in Niles, Indiana and I was wondering where the closest place is to find geodes....any ideas?
Hi there,

I live in Elkhart County Indiana, is there any geodes close to me, don't really have the gas money to drive all the down south to Monroe County, or Harrison. I do have a few quarrys near me, could I find them there? Plus I am by the a couple big rivers and creeks. Also I could go up into Michigan alittle.


Mike Streeter

If you want to collect geodes, you're going to have to go where they are found and I don't believe they exist in your neck of the woods. The nearest geodes to where you live are in the Monroe County area of southern Indiana.

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