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Fun for kids in a labor camp setting.

Good ole dirty fun. Try to remember plenty of water on sunny days, it gets hot. It also is very... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
MICHAEL S
Fun for the hole family

I went here as a child as a mother and now as a grandmother, what a great place with good samples... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Zerry G
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Read about site in scenic byway information so tried it. Fun for a day, great for a family. Forest service staff was very helpful and obviously enjoyed their work. I can safely say would will find at least one garnet in each tray you sluice. I found no fewer than three and over ten in about half. If you go, especially if taking children, don't be foolish use lots of sun screen, drink lots of water and wear a hat.
Found two garnets weighing about an once each one considered possibly gem quality.

5  Thank Jim239
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

We drove out from Spokane, about 110 miles to get there. We followed the directions off the Idaho blm website and it took us straight there. The digging permits cost 10$ for an adult and 5$ for kids. After that they provide everything, buckets, shovels, and sluice boxes. At the sifting area there are umbrellas to sit under to get out of the sun, and the staff that works out there are excited to talk about it and help answer questions. I had to go back a few times and remind myself what a star garnet looked like. We dug, sifted, and washed from 1200 to about 1630, and on the drive home it dawned on me that my kids did not complain one time the entire time we were there!! I mean this is a kids paradise if they like working and getting something out of it, the rangers said they could keep any other rocks they found, so my 5 yr old made a habit of just washing rocks to keep, the 8 & 10 yr old gathered 6oz of garnets. This was so much fun, what a great way to be out in nature but get to bring something home! We noticed there are also handicap accessible port o johns, which I thought was kinda cool. There are lots of picnic tables to sit and have lunch also. We used the GPS to get home, and it took us basically the same route. Worth visiting! Also noticed lots of couples out there, could be a fun date spot.

5  Thank Kadja K
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Reviewed 17 December 2012

We took my 3 year old nephew here several years ago and had a great time. It's a dirty day so come prepared with spare clothes. You'll want rain boots or old shoes of some kind and I recommend shorts. You'll be standing in puddles and wading through mud. It's not for the prissy, but it's fun!

4  Thank mowens
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Reviewed 18 September 2017
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