Welcome to The Sluice at Bethel Outdoor Adventures & Campground

About Us


 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:

  • blue and golden beryl
  • amethyst
  • tourmaline
  • rose, smoky, optical quartz
  • mica
  • feldspar
  • apatite
  • lepidolite
  • and more

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!

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Come see us!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

The Sluice @Bethel Outdoor Adventures & Campground

121 Mayville Rd, Bethel, ME 04217, US

(207) 824-4224