Explore world-renowned geology and mineralogy in Western Maine.
Oxford County Maine is truly unique in its pegmatite formations, incredible variety of precious and semi-precious minerals. Our area has a centuries-long history as a prized mineral source for industrial applications, collectors, and academics.
You'll have a chance to dig and find minerals previously excavated from the mines. You won't leave empty handed, but remember, mining historically has demanded lots of time and patience to yield results!
At Bethel Outdoor Adventure we sell $15 buckets of material gathered from several local mines, providing a broad spectrum of area gems and minerals such as:
• blue and golden beryl
• rose, smoky, and optical quartz
• and more.
Everybody gets goodies that you can identify using our handy identification board. Try out the antique cast-iron hand pump just as in the days of old.
The Sluice is Open Late May through October, pending weather.
Ours is a smoke-free location.