Idaho and India are the only two places in the world where the rare Star Garnet can be found, from gravel to golf ball size. Visitors will take garnet-bearing gravels from a stockpile to one of the two sluices where they will wash and screen the gravels for garnets. While visitors will no longer be digging for garnets, the new method will still allow people to enjoy the thrill of discovery. All of the equipment will now be provided so visitors will not have to bring their own and pack it up the gulch. The site is open around Memorial Day through Labor Day (check for dates) and rangers are available to issue permits or provide advice. This trip is recommended for the active, curious and those fearless of getting dirty. Step-on guides for groups are available with advance notice.


Northern Idaho, near Clarkia


East of Potlatch near Clarkia

Nearest City


Mailing Address

222 S 7th St, Suite 1
St. Maries ID, 83861

Attraction Type(s)


Summer, Spring


Memorial Day-Labor Day, Fri.-Tues., 9am-5pm


One day permit for up to five pounds: Adults, $10; Children 6-12 or under, $5; under 6, free.



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