Located in Beautiful Deep Creek Lake, MD Next to The Lakeside Creamery
Have a blast gemstone mining in our sluice while overlooking the lake & learn a lot about gemstones from all over the world! Prices for mining rough start at $12.95, & every miner gets to choose a special gift from our gift shop next door valued at $4.99!
Our grand opening for the sluice was Saturday 4/14/18 & the fun loving gals below were our first three miners! (Amy, Corby, & Nicole) They had quite the adventure!
Nicole says: "Get the Mother Lode...it's soooo worth it !"
* A Deep Creek Adventure *
Gemstone Mining is easy & fun! Simply purchase either a 3lb, 5lb, or 10lb bag of mining rough, then head to the sluice & dump a portion of your bag in a screen tray & submerge it in the running water and watch your gemstones or fossils appear as the sand washes away! Compare what you've discovered to your educational ID card! You get to keep all you've found!
* Be prepared to have a blast & learn a lot ! *
Don't forget to visit our gift shop ~ 19 Showcases of jewelry featuring stones & shells from all over the world! ~ Tons of Gift Items at Great prices! Lots of Deep Creek Lake merchandise ~ And check out our new clothing line! We look forward to seeing you soon! And by the way, we have the best view of the lake!
* Current Hours *
Store: Sun thru Thurs 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM -- Fri & Sat 10:00 - 9:00
Sluice: Opens 10:00 AM Daily - Closes 1/2 hour before store closes
* Please Note: We close the sluice during inclement weather *
Questions? e-mail us: email@example.com
Our most frequently asked question while we’re manning the sluice is: “How does the water get back up there?”
So…here’s the story….
We were traversing the Himalayan mountains gathering salt crystals for our gift shop when we heard the legend of Podro the Miner, so we hunted him down. It took us weeks to find him! He's a short, skinny dude with a long beard. He wears a funky hat and carries a pick axe. We were informed that Podro was actually a Shaman and had the ability to make gemstones magically appear in sand ... and it was said he could also make water appear out of thin air! Naturally, we were skeptical of this, but we decided to offer him a plane ticket to visit our location at Deep Creek Lake to see if he could help us. We needed the water to flow from our water tower to our mining sluice and we weren’t sure how to accomplish this. We also needed gemstones to magically appear ... in order to make the children smile!
Well, Podro said he didn’t need to visit us…that he could just make it happen right from his residence in the Himalayas, which was actually a crystal cave that gave off an orange glow. You could see it from a mile away!
Anyway, when we returned to Deep Creek, the water from our barrel was magically flowing and the children are finding gemstones everywhere! We are forever grateful to Podro…so much so, we’ve made him our mascot !
So How Does the Water Get Back up there You Ask? Scroll down for the Answer