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Found 8 results

  1. Mitten hunting

    Hey everyone, so I've done quite a few trips to the Rockport quarry in Alpena and a few road cuts around presque isle, but I was wondering if there aren't any "hidden gems" I'm missing out on in the LP.
  2. Unknown Specimens

    Of the fossils I collected last summer, there was a group of specimens that stood out because of their gray/orange coloration. The photos, unfortunately, don't give you any depth perception, so it's hard to see the curves and grooves. I'm pretty sure it's a sort of solitary coral, but I'm pulling my hair out, searching everywhere to find similar images, but to no avail. These were collected in the same area on Lake Huron this summer. What do you think they are?
  3. Trip to Alpena, MI

    Last year i thought I was going to be able to get to Alpena. Michigan while at my daughters in Grand Haven, but I wasn't able to. This year, I will be there for three weeks, and so plan to travel across the state. So... I am wondering if someone would recommend a good area to go. I have looked up a bit about Rockford? and there is apparently an Evergreen cemetary with fossils along an edge, but the sources I found were a couple of years old. I have already had the experience of traveling several hours only to find a new housing development build over the site I wanted to check out...so I am trying to same some time, but find recent locations. In addition to hunting the Lake Shore south of Grand Haven, are there any sites near Grand Rapids to look. I have heard there are fossil banks on the river, but I won't have my kayak along this time, so I need firm ground. I am also hoping I don't have to dust off a layer of snow simply in order to check out the rocks. LOL. Thanks to anyone who helps.
  4. Detroit's new 93-lb Petoskey stone dwarfed by Up North monstrosity Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, Oct. 11, 2017 http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/10/11/petoskey-stone-detroit-up-north-alpena/753507001/ https://www.facebook.com/UpNorthLive/posts/1647437341967622 DNR still wants to talk about 'unusual find,' Petoskey stone Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, Sept. 25, 2015 http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/09/25/petoskey-stone-finder/72806774/ http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/09/24/michigan-petoskey-stone-boulder-lake/72763536/ DNR to give 92-pound Petoskey stone new home in Detroit by Roxanne Werly, October 10th 2017 http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/dnr-to-give-92-pound-petoskey-stone-new-home-in-detroit Yours, Paul H.
  5. My Fossil Finds.

    This stone cracked when I picked it up. A nice surprise inside.
  6. alpena, michigan

    I am on my annual trip to northern wisconsin and the U.P. of michigan, ( the newberry area where I pick up nodules and find trilobites etc. ) This year it looks like I may be able to head over to alpena, and area I know has a great fossil reputation, but I have no idea where to hunt. I really don't have the time to research and ask permission for quarries, so I wondered if anyone knows of some public hunting areas around. I would much appreicate it.
  7. Hello, I am new to this site but I have been fossil-hunting in michigan for a pretty long time. I've travelled up to Alpena for fossil-hunting multiple times in the past, but I've only really visited Rockport Quarry (and a few other sites, which I probably won't return to). I've been researching the area lately and I've been trying to locate places where I could go if I wanted to find a larger variety of fossils... In Rockport Quarry I've found crinoid stems, corals, and brachiopods, but not much else- I would particularly love to find ammonites, trilobites, and complete crinoids-- that would be a dream come true. I'm going with a friend to the regioin soon, so I was wondering if there were any places where I could find things like this... I understand that Patridge Point might contain trilobites, although the cliffs are private property... If anyone knows of any places where I could find such fossils, such information would be much appreciated!! Additionally, I've been looking into information about the strata and local formations, and I've been wondering what the Genshaw formation, Ferron Point, and Bell shale might contain (and where I might be able to find exposures of rock with fossils for the taking). Forgive me if I do not know the difference between formations or actual locations, but in my readings I've also found that the "Four Mile Dam" and "Newton River" might be places with particularly fossilferous rock- I do not know if these are actual places or simply formations. Information as to where fossils might be would be much appreciated, especially about trilobites :DDD Thank you very much!
  8. Partridge Point, Alpena

    I've just started looking for fossils around the Alpena area, where I live recently and thought I'd share a spot I just explored today. I bought my son the book, "Lake Huron Rock Picker's Guide" by Bruce Mueller and Kevin Gauthier and read that Partridge Point is a good place to find fossils. To get there, take US-23 to Partridge Point Road. If you enter on the south part of the road closest to Squaw Bay, it's 1.6 miles to a two-track road going to the beach. Although I drive a Jeep, I decided not to drive down the two-track because there was a very large ice covered puddle that I didn't think I'd make it through. It's just a short walk to the water. My daughter went off looking for a geocache in the area while my son and I went looking for fossils. At first, we went toward Squaw Bay to the south and found lots of limestone, but very few fossils. As we worked our way to the north, toward Alpena, we found that almost every rock contained fossils. We found tons of crinoid stems. I didn't know what those were about two weeks ago, but they were everywhere and easy to recognize. At first I thought my son was showing me part of an old bolt though. We also found some shells, which I believe are called brachiopods and some coral. I didn't find any Petoskey stones though. We picked rocks just up from the water line and also where the old water line was. You can see where the water was before the Lake Huron water level dropped so low about 15 years ago. Everything is flat and then you'll see a small hill or berm. There may be better places to find fossils, but those are the places we found the most.
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