Landscaping rock can be collected from “community pits” on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands. Common-use areas/community pits are for noncommercial or small-scale collection and require a permit.
They are found chiefly in Crook, Jefferson, Malheur, Wasco and Wheeler counties. Oregon’s state rock can be collected at fee and free sites in central and southeastern Oregon. Unimpressive on the outside, these spherical rocks contain colorful silicic material and, when sliced and polished, make beautiful collector’s items.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you collect rocks from the side of the road?
For the most part, it is legal to collect rocks on public lands for rockhounds, including on the side of the roads and roadside ditches. ... If you're collecting for landscaping or with intention to sell, then you will need to obtain a permit to do such activities on public land.
Can you take rocks from Oregon beaches?
Unless otherwise restricted by the department, a person may remove: (A) Agates and other non-living items such as shells, stones, and fossils loose on the ground, in small quantities, defined as no more than a one-gallon volume container per person per day; up to three gallons per person per calendar year.
Where are the best rock collecting sites in Oregon?
Eastern and Southeastern Oregon are known to be the regions with the great source of agate, jasper, thundereggs, geodes, petrified wood, and leaf fossils. The majority of rock and mineral collecting sites are lying on the federal lands managed by BLM (Bureau of Land Management) or U.S. Forest Service.
Is there a fee to collect rocks in Oregon?
Some lands within the National Forest are closed for collecting due to wilderness designation. The BLM (Oregon & Washington) no-fee daily collecting limits of rocks and minerals including semiprecious gemstones, mineral specimens, and common invertebrate fossils in reasonable amounts for personal use.