Michigan Fossil Hunting: Where To Find Devonian Fossils, Yooperlite Rocks and Petoskey Stones!

Michigan Fossil Hunting: Fun (and Easy) Spots To Find Devonian Fossils, Yooperlite Rocks and Petoskey Stones | By Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com

Rock hounds love searching for fossils in Michigan! Learn where to find these Michigan fossils:

  1. Rockport State Park Recreational Area for Devonian fossils
  2. Where to Find Michigan Yooperlite Rocks
  3. Where to Find Michigan Petoskey Stones

1. Rockport State Park Recreational Area: Hotspot for Devonian fossils | Incredible Michigan Fossil Hunting

If you LOVE Michigan fossil hunting, Rockport State Park Recreational Area is your dream location. It's located in Northern Michigan near Alpena and not far from Mackinaw City

Not only does Rockport State Park Recreational Area have abundant Devonian fossils, but the location is serene, gorgeous and infrequently traveled. 

Rockport is a 4,237-acre state park located along the shore of Lake Huron in Alpena and Presque Isle counties in Michigan.

This awesome park contains limestone formations and an old limestone quarry that you just NEED to check out!.

It's a great place to hike, bike and fossil hunt!! We were thrilled to find so many great fossils right off the main path!!

Be Surrounded by Natural Beauty While Michigan Fossil Hunting!

Michigan Fossil Hunting at Rockport State Park

The scenery is absolutely breathtaking!  You just gotta go see for yourself!

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."

Albert Einstein

Bring Your Bike to Cover More Terrain

We highly recommend bringing your bike and a backpack to bring back your finds. The path is rocky so be prepared for terrain.  Be sure to bring water, hiking shoes and a sun hat.

It's up to you how far you go, so children will enjoy finding their rocks and fossils within a short distance of your parked vehicle.

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  • There is a vault toilet at the parking area
  • Bring gloves to protect your hands
  • Bug spray is needed in the evening.
  • Bring a canvas bag to bring home your finds!

How cool is this one?! It was my favorite find of the day.  If anyone knows what it is, please let me know!

Michigan Fossil Hunting Map, Guide and Fossil Chart

 Grab this super helpful PDF for:

  • A map of the area
  • Things to see/do at the State Park
  • History of the area
  • Fossil Chart: Determine what type of fossils you found! 

 *Created by the Alpena Area    Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 420 N. Second Av., Alpena, MI.  They are a great resource, so be sure to stop in during your visit to Alpena!

2. If You LOVE Fossil Hunting, Search for Michigan Yooperlite Rocks!

If you love Michigan Fossil Hunting, you GOTTA look for Michigan Yooperlite stones.  These incredible rocks glow under a blacklight and are a blast to find! We have an interactive map and lots of information that makes searching for these rocks fun and easy. 

How and Where to Find Michigan Yooperlite Rocks! 

3. Where to Find Michigan Petoskey Stones!

Rock hounds LOVE visiting Petoskey, home to incredible Petoskey Stones. Petoskey is located in Northwest Michigan and has several beaches where these lovely stones are found. Use our guide with an interactive map -->

Where to find Michigan Petoskey Stones SO FUN!

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Rockport State Recreational Area is a phenomenal area for hiking, fossil hunting, biking, kayaking and diving to see shipwrecks near Alpena, Michigan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is a state park located along the shore of Lake Huron and contains limestone formations and an old limestone quarry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Several ship wrecks can be found off-shore in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary including the Portland and the Portsmouth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We spent about 4 hours hiking, biking, exploring and photographing this gorgeous area. Stay tuned, I'll be posting pic's of our 3 day trip this week!! Hint: we found Devonian fossils, a bat hibernaculum and a quarry! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #visitalpena #thunderbay #alpena #alpenamichigan #rockportrecreationarea #lakehuron #puremichigan #michigan #michiganders #greatlakesstateofmind #greatlakesstate #gogreatlakesbay #michigander #sanctuaryofthegreatlakes #michigantravel #onlyinmichigan #rockportstaterecreationarea #michiganhiking #michiganstate #travelphotography #Michigan #michigantravel #greatlakesstate #michiganstate #travelingmichigan #puremittenpride #lovemichigan #michiganders #exploremichigan #puremittigan

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