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Yooperlite RocksYooperlites Rocks. Photo: Susan Delisle

Yooperlite Rocks | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Aren't these florescent, glow in the dark rocks just mesmerizing?   Who doesn't want to find natural stones that glow in dark?  It's a rock hunter's dream!  Check out our Yooperlite Map.

These rocks are sometimes called Keweenaw Emberlites, glow rocks, Embers or Sodalites. Whatever you want to call them, they are incredible!






What is a Yooperlite Rock? (Sometimes Spelled Yooperlight Rocks)


Yooperlite is a name for rocks that consist of a syenite-rich fluorescent sodalite.  Sodalite is mineral that fluoresces an orange or yellow color under ultra violet light.

Do these Yooperlight stones really glow in the dark?  These rocks are grey in nature when you see them on the beach but glow when under a UV light. Fantastic challenge for rock hunting in Michigan!

They are sometimes called Keweenaw Emberlites, glow rocks, Embers or Sodalites!


Yooperlite Rocks - Glow in the Dark Rocks in MichiganYooperlite Rocks - Glow in the Dark Rocks in Michigan. Photo by Susan Delisle



Are Yooperlites Rare?

These glow in the dark stones were officially discovered in 2017 and can be found on the beaches in northern Michigan.  They can be purchased on Etsy or other websites. 

Are These Glow in the Dark Rocks Easy to Find?

Our resident Yooper (Chris' Mom!), Susan Delisle, says, "It's best to go late at night and be sure to use a black light."

It takes some patience but it can be done!  She and her friend Denise have found a few in the Keweenaw area. 


Yooperlite Map 

Where Can I Find Yooperlite Rocks? Check out our Interactive Yooperlite Map!

Map of Where to Find Yooperlite RocksMap of Where to Find Yooperlite Rocks

These glowing stones can be found on the shorelines of Lake Superior.  The beaches near the Grand Marais area, as well as in the Keweenaw Peninsula and Whitefish Point are great for searching for Yooperlights.

We created this Yooperlite Interactive Map to help you determine where to  find Yooperlites. 

Helpful Map Tips:

  • Click on the plus and minus in the left corner to zoom in or out of the map.
  • Click on the icons for more info, addresses and photos of the stops.
  • Click on the map to drag and move it to view surrounding areas.
  • In the Header, click on the rectangle in the upper left of the map to see a menu of all of our stops. Click on anything that looks interesting to see where it is on the map. To hide the menu, click the rectangle in the header. 
  • In the Header, click on the "square" icon in the upper right side to expand the map for better viewing. 


Gorgeous Yooperlite Jewelry


We love buying local! Superior Fire Lights, located in Sault Ste. Marie, makes gorgeous Yooperlite jewelry from the glowing stones they have found!  These Fluorescent Sodalite necklaces are durable, super unique and very fun to wear!

You have got to see their amazing selection of Yooperlite Jewelry!  They are incredible and made in Michigan!


Honest Hands Ring Company on Etsy offers incredible Yooperlite Rings and Petoskey Stone rings that you need to see. 



Everything Yooper has a great selection of these glowing dragon eggs that you just have to see!  So many cool things! If you want a few spectacular Sodalite Fluorescent Yooperlite Glow Rocks, check their current prices!


Tools to Help Find Yooperlite Rocks

This blacklight headlamp to keep your hands free while searching for these Michigan rocks. Plus, it's one less thing to loose in the dark. Perfect for kids.

  • on/off switch
  • comfortable adjustable band
  • ultrabright 19 led bulbs


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We love this flashlight as it has a wide beam. Good grip with a band to snap onto a backpack. Perfect for rock hunting.

  • 51 UV light LEDs have a lifespan of 15 years
  • Ultra-compact design: The pocket-size UV flashlight can be easily carried.

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These are great Emergency Light Sticks that be used to:

  • Mark your trail/entry point so you can find the spot where you entered the beach from your parked vehicle.
  • Put one at the waterline too so you can see it from the beach even if you are a mile away.


This black light UV flashlight, 365nm, has a black filter lens and is excellent for finding glowing rocks and minerals. It comes recommended by rock hunters.  1 AA battery. Perfect light for finding Yooperlite rocks. 

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Tips to Find Yooperlites + Know Before You Go

We highly suggest arriving at your intended beach before dark so you have time to become familiar with the area. Walk the path in daylight to make sure there aren't any obstacles or washouts that might cause you to fall. 

  • Bring a regular white flashlight to help you navigate. 
  • Bring glowsticks (we love these glowsticks, they are perfect for camping too) - So you don't lose each other and they can be used to mark the area where you entered the beach so you can find your way back to your car. 
  • Bring a bag or backpack to house any Yooperlite rocks you find. These multifunctional crossbody sling bags are perfect as they are lightweight and durable.
  • Don't just look in front of you, shine your light behind you as well as different angles of light can pick up the stones you just passed. 
  • Wear sturdy boots as you can turn an ankle while walking in the dark. 
  • Bring extra batteries for your black light and your regular flashlight.

When Can I Find Yooperlights?

Yooperlite rocks can be found year round, but if the shorelines are covered in snow during the winter, it will be very difficult. As such, we recommend spring, summer and fall! 

When is the best time to find the glow in the dark rocks?

In our opinion, early spring (as early as end of March and April) is best as the beaches have not been picked over yet, the mosquitos and bugs are minimal and the crashing waves have "reset" the beach during the winter with all new stones to discover! So get hunting!




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