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Emerald Creek Garnet Area

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222 S 7th St, Saint Maries, ID 83861-1847
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A family fun place!

This is a great place to take the family and spend a day "mining" for garnets. It is best to arrive... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
janemI3637MN
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St Maries, United States
Fun family event

We went to find sapphires it is lots of playing in the dirt and water. Bring gloves clothes you... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
CHRISTOPHER M
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This is a great place to take the family and spend a day "mining" for garnets. It is best to arrive early in the day to find a picnic table in the shade. Take lots of water to drink and be prepared to get dirty....More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

We went to find sapphires it is lots of playing in the dirt and water. Bring gloves clothes you don't mind getting wet and dirty. The experience was lots of fun overall.

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

This is a very nice outing for people of all ages and shape. A unique experience you won't get anywhere else in the United States. The people who run it are very informative and helpful. I would suggest this outing to everyone I know

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

It's been over 10 years since I had been here to dig for Garnets. Our party of 4 worked super hard for over 2 hrs and only found 2 Garnets. The hillside of dirt, rock, and clay has been severely picked over. The Staff were...More

Thank Hannah M
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

The drive to the garnet area is scenic. It was farther from our rental in Kellogg, Id than we expected. The site is well kept and organized and the staff is friendly. We enjoyed doing something different as a family. We didn't find many garnets...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2017

The drive up was lovely and there is a nice picnic table near the parking lot and several others on the 1/4 mile hike up to the garnet hunting grounds. We were very disappointed in the amount of garnets in the rock pile. With 5...More

Thank Nancy M
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

We had a great time digging for garnets. The place was not too crowded, one could tell if it were packed, it would not be enjoyable because you would have to wait your turn for all the sifters, etc. As it was, we had very...More

1  Thank delyn35
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

I went on the last weekend of the season and the amount of dirt to shift through was limited. You will find garnets, but nothing that great. I have heard that at the beginning of the season there's a large pile of material. Be ready...More

2  Thank Orphie27
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

A really fun place to spend a day! It's close to both Spokane and Coeur d'Alene that you can easily make it there and back in a day. This latest trip we did was a day trip. We spent a few hours there and averaged...More

1  Thank Geoff L
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

The Idaho National Forest Service has done an exceptional job of managing the Emerald Creek Garnet Area. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and truly seem to enjoy assisting and educating all those who visit. / Wear old clothes, plan on getting dirty. First you shovel, then...More

1  Thank LisaCarlson
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