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 Dream Buckets of mined material, providing a broad spectrum of area gems and minerals such as:
The Sluice is open late May through October, pending weather.
Search and find minerals that you can identify using our handy identification boards. Try out the antique cast-iron hand pump just as in the days of old.
Hunt for treasure with the whole family, friends, - even parties!
Great introduction to Maine minerals and rockhounding
Valuable mineral identification experience.
Expert staff on hand to enhance the experience
Tour groups and school classes welcome
Keep what you find!
1. Choose your bucket!
2. Learn how to dump your bucket into strainers bit by bit before washing the material in the trough.
3. Wash and move to a table to look carefully under the lights.
4. Identify your rocks and minerals.
5. Take your treasures home!
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
121 Mayville Rd, Bethel, ME 04217, US
Summer Hours 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fall Hours September & October 11:00am to 3:00pm