Agate show in Luce County this weekend


Journal Staff Writer

DEER PARK – Muskallonge Lake State Park will host its sixth annual “Rock On With Lake Superior Agates” rock show this weekend in northern Luce County.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The show includes a variety of presenters, vendors and musical entertainment. There is no charge for admission, but park visitors are required to have a state Recreation Passport for their vehicle.

“Visitors are invited to view agate collections and displays, rock cutting and polishing, and learn about the formation of the coveted Lake Superior agate,” Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials said in a news release. “The show provides an excellent learning opportunity as well as a chance to purchase specially made items from talented vendors.”

Karen Brzys from the Gitche Gumee Agate Museum in Grand Marais will talk about the formation of agates and the characteristics of a true agate for easier identification when combing the beaches of Lake Superior. Walter Loope, of the United States Geological Survey, will share reminders of the Nippising Great Lakes and the interesting rock formations left behind, including Chapel Rock at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Castle Rock in St. Ignace and portions of Muskallonge Lake. Terry Begnoche from the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of three Edmund Fitzgerald expeditions, and “Tragedy and Triumph” along the shipwreck coast.

Muskallonge Lake State Park Supervisor Jim Dzelak said the event has grown each year since 2008 and officials expect that trend to continue this year.

There will also be rock cutting and polishing demonstrations, an agate shoreline hike, a treasure hunt and displays and other activities. There will be children’s agate hunts at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Muskallonge Lake State Park is located about 28 miles northwest of Newberry along Luce County Road 407. For show details or camping information, call 658-3338.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is