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Kurt
 #1 
Does anybody know of a place in IL/IA or even elsewhere within a 3 hour drive of Chicago where you can find GEODES while wading in a stream?

I'm looking to go out Geode hunting this weekend...

I know of some places in Hamilton/Keokuk you can mine geodes out of dried creek/stream walls, but I would really prefer wading in shallow streams with my kids to find geodes instead of / addition to digging.

I'd love to hear any suggestions you have!

Thanks!

- Kurt
Bob Harman
 #2 
KURT,
It has been noted several times on several threads on this website that collectible geodes can only be reliably found in the Keokuk area of the tristate region of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. I estimate that is about a 5 hour drive from the Chicago area so it is a bit further than you want, but that is about it. You can come down to South-central Indiana, but that also is over a 4 hour drive each way.  
    I also have my concerns about taking children wading into streams unless the children are about 11 years old or older and the stream levels are very low. This is not only because of water hazards, but now with mosquitos, ticks, and poison ivy etc, it is not the best time to go. If you really want to go with kids, going will be better after late September, into October and later.     BOB
Kurt
 #3 
Bob,

Thanks for the reply. Looks like we'll be heading out to Keokuk/Hamilton this weekend. Although the heat may delay this trip until Fall. Fortunately, I'm already an hour west of Chicago, so I'll only have to do 4 hours of travel.

My kids are 11/12 so they'll be all right with wading. I wouldn't want to be wading in water deeper than my/their knees anyhow.

Did a little more searching last night and looks like there's a place we can do that:

Wildcat Springs Park
http://www.hamiltonillinois.org/park.html

Hopefully the water won't be too high, and if it is, well, looks like we can at least hike and play some frisbee golf instead.

Figure I'll do Wildcat on day one, and then hit Jacob's Geodes or Nick's Geodes the next day so I'm at least guaranteed to walk away with some geodes [smile]
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