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PetrolPete

Hello all,

 

I'm going to be in Olympia at the end of July for a wedding and I was hoping to get out and look for a couple crab concretions while I was up there. Would anyone be able to give me some pointers on where to look, or be willing to meet up for a hunt while I'm up there?

 

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Darktooth

Maybe @RJB would know where they are found there as he is our crab specialist. Or possibly @Zenmaster6 as he lives in the state.

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Zenmaster6
7 hours ago, PetrolPete said:

Hello all,

 

I'm going to be in Olympia at the end of July for a wedding and I was hoping to get out and look for a couple crab concretions while I was up there. Would anyone be able to give me some pointers on where to look, or be willing to meet up for a hunt while I'm up there?

 

There are some sandstone bluffs on the Chehalis River slightly south of porter, which have been known to hold a few species of crabs which can be found in concretions. Usually I would recommend the highway by porter but it is now owned by a private company where they will fine you pretty bad if you get caught. (I drove by looking for concretions and said, yeah, the odds may be good of me finding some, but the paranoia and fine are enough to keep me away)

Around Olympia you have to drive at least 40 minutes to the nearest crab concretions. It seems to me all the well known places are so famous that someone buys out the land or it becomes private. Only a handful of secret spots exists now unfortunately. I wish you luck crabbing. :)

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PetrolPete
On 5/5/2019 at 11:33 PM, Zenmaster6 said:

There are some sandstone bluffs on the Chehalis River slightly south of porter, which have been known to hold a few species of crabs which can be found in concretions. Usually I would recommend the highway by porter but it is now owned by a private company where they will fine you pretty bad if you get caught. (I drove by looking for concretions and said, yeah, the odds may be good of me finding some, but the paranoia and fine are enough to keep me away)

Around Olympia you have to drive at least 40 minutes to the nearest crab concretions. It seems to me all the well known places are so famous that someone buys out the land or it becomes private. Only a handful of secret spots exists now unfortunately. I wish you luck crabbing. :)

Thanks for the tip. I'll have to try and check out the river then. I''ll try to do some additional scouting on google maps and surface geology maps I guess then. Hopefully I'll be able to track down a couple, since I haven't been to Washington before and I don't know when I'll be able to come back.

 

If anyone does want to meet up while I'm up there, for fossil hunting or otherwise, let me know and I can try and bring up some of my local fossils if anyone is interested. I will be limited as to what/how much I can bring since I will be flying up there though.

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