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Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/20/2019 - 07/21/2019
12:00 AM

Location
Mirror Lakes Campground near Thunder Bay Ontario

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PLEASE NOTE: ONLY MMC MEMBERS CAN ATTEND FIELD TRIPS.

ALSO, MINORS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN ON ALL FIELD TRIPS. Thank you.

Thunder Bay Amethyst Field Trip

Saturday, July 20th, 2019 – 9 AM to 5 PM

Sunday, July 21st, 2019 – 9 AM to 4 PM

Trip Leader: Lane Tiedeman

Type of Mineral/Rock Collected: Amethyst

Trip Description:

We will be working in the Blue Point Amethyst Mine near Thunder Bay Canada.  The owner of the mine (Lyndon) allows for fee collecting both in the mine and in the dumps out of the mine. Our club is allowed into the mine where Lyndon has completed recent blasts to enable new material to be collected. Some material is just sitting on the ground in the open pit mine while “fresh” material may be hard rock mined in certain sections of the mine that have passed safety review. In the past MMC, members have been very pleased with the collecting at this site.

Where and When we will Meet: 

9:00 am (Thunder Bay time) US  Eastern Time !!!

Mirror Lake Campground parking lot (on the right side of Hwy 11/17)

Hwy 11/17 – 35 miles east of Thunder Bay

Mine/Collecting Location:   Blue Point Amethyst Mine

Difficulty of Collecting Site:

  • Not too difficult vertical climb unless you find a large rock! (3/10 difficulty rating)
  • The open pit mine has a rugged mine floor so bring good leather boots

Vehicle Restrictions:

  • Any vehicle can make it to campground meet location (1/10 difficulty rating)
  • High Clearance desired for last 5 miles of dirt road to mine (3/10 difficulty rating)
  • 4 wheel drive not required unless you explore other areas nearby

Other Restrictions:

  • Children restricted by age – under 18 not allowed.
  • Pets are not allowed at this site.
  • Attendance number is not yet limited but all MMC members must have filled out the release form, the ethics form and registered in advance for this field trip. The amount of people within the open pit may be limited at one time.
  • Hard hat and eye protection must be worn while in mine.
  • Remember that this trip is in Canada!  Need passport or the passport card.  Need to go through customs and also exchange currency.

Collecting Fees:  There is a $30.00 fee per bucket!  Larger pieces may be negotiated with Lyndon.

Rockhound Tools NeededBring rock pick, crack hammer, chisels, pry bars, sturdy footwear (steel toe recommended), sturdy gloves, water, sunscreen, hat, and insect repellent. YOU NEED A HARD HAT AND SAFETY GLASSES TO ENTER THE MINE!!!   Need sturdy boots as the floor of the mine is rugged.

Safety Considerations:  This collecting is in a small open pit mine.  You must always be aware of your surroundings and of your fellow rockhounds below you.

Release FormsThe standard MMC release form can be used for this trip.  It is located on the MMC web site https://minnesotamineralclub.org/public-documents/

Directions:   From the Twin Cities, follow Interstate Highway 35 North to Duluth.  In Duluth, exit onto Highway 61 North.  Follow Highway 61 to Thunder Bay.  In Thunder Bay, take Highway 11/17 East to Pass Lake (Mirror Lake Campground).

Approximate Travel Time: From Falcon Heights City Hall – MMC meeting location):  7 hours 21 minutes

Approximate Distance: From Falcon Heights City Hall – MMC meeting location:  376.61 miles

REGISTRATION CLOSES ON FRIDAY, JULY 12TH, 2019 AT 10:00 PM CT.

Bookings

Bookings are closed for this event.

8 Comments
  1. Brian Nelson 2 months ago

    Hello,
    Is there a way you could include my wife LeeAnn’s name when showing who is going on my trip reservations?
    Thanks
    Brian

    • Author
      Jennifer Sorenson 2 months ago

      As far as I’m aware, that is not a function the website is capable of at this time. Please contact the webmaster at Webmaster@minnesotamineralclub.org to request this function.
      Please note: you are currently booked for 2 spaces on the Thunder Bay Trip. You will eventually receive an email requesting the names of the individuals in your party, as that is the only option available to me to gather that information at this time. Thank you for your help.

  2. Jeanette Mruz 2 weeks ago

    Hello,
    Question do you have to go through customs & if so how much is an amount you have to declare? Does Lyndon give receipts?
    Say you buy some garden rocks & 6 buckets
    Or 8 buckets? Does any one know?

  3. Lane Tiedeman 2 weeks ago

    The latest from Lyndon

    Greetings Lane,

    This year I am getting several clubs including The New Ulm Club l a week ago and the Cuyuna Club this weekend. With

    the number of people from your club coming makes me nervous about them all going into the pit at the same time. We

    may have to limit the number to 15 at a time. Too many people want to climb and go into places they shouldn’t and that

    can be hard to control. We may have to find a way to give all who want time in the pit without every one being in their at

    once.

    See you soon,

    Lyndon

  4. Sue Mott 1 week ago

    Please add my son Adam Mott to my booking for this trip
    Thanks

    • Author
      Jennifer Sorenson 1 week ago

      Good morning Sue,
      Registration is still open and there are still plenty of spaces. So what you need to do is cancel your current booking for 1 person and then do a new booking for 2 people. Thank you!
      -Jennifer

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