American Agate/Jasper Index

At our January meeting our program was a slide show presentation of cabachons .  It was suggested that I place a copy of the PDF file used for the slide show on our website so those interested could view it at home.  Here is a link to the location of these indexes, for anyone who wants to download them.

American Agate Jasper Index

The above link has been updated to the new locations for this index.


Weyerhaeuser closes their lands to rockhounding.

Last year Weyerhaeuser started a permit system for access to most of their lands in  SW Washington.  The permits are required for all access, including walk-ins.

The rules for obtaining a permit now include a statement that prohibits all rockhounding activities including gold panning and gem collecting.


Lost Rockhounding Opportunities

Just wanted to let everyone know that the following locations are closed to rockhounding:

Lucas Creek – Closed for the last few years.

Weyerhaeuser Land – Closed as of August 1st due to new permit process.

Hopefully we will not lose anymore areas.  Remember to treat all lands you hound on with respect.


Successful Show

We just completed another successful show, thanks to Dan, MJ and the rest of the crew.  I hope you were able to visit and enjoy it.

I just added the July and August newsletters to the site.


Three Day Rock Show!!!

Our club is expanding to a three day show this year.  It will be at the same location as last year.  Watch this site for a flyer.



Late 2013 Show Report!!

The report is a little late, but our Rock Show this year was great.  We had great weather, fabulous crowds, and a lot of fun.

Here are some pictures to help you become a part of it.

WAMS 2013 Show

MJ Working the booth.

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Rock Show Coming!!!!

Our annual Rock show in Tenino is just about here.  Don’t miss out on all the fun.

Rock Show



WAMS Olympia lost a valuable member on December 7th.  Jerry Sprengel died of complications after undergoing heart surgery.  We will all miss his  giving spirit, and unfailing optimism.(there is an obituary in the January Newsletter on the Newsletter Page)

Our December Christmas party was well attended and everyone had a great time eating the good food and opening gifts.

The new year is upon us and it is never to early to start thinking about Field trips, and shows.  I have updated the Shows page to reflect next years shows, and as soon as the Mineral Council updates their website with a new Field Trip schedule, I will update our page.

There are some places that are open and accessible during the middle of winter for trips.  Ocean Shores is known for carnelian agate washing up on the beach.  Porter has some fossils.  Olympic Peninsula beaches have fossils, agates, and jaspers.  Most of these places are usually free of snow.  Unfortunately the rivers and creeks are usually running pretty full of water and so the opportunities there are more limited, but one can always try.

Hope to see you at our January meeting.