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Title: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: Cap n Smash on August 17, 2012, 03:18:17 PM
Just wondering if anyone knows of a good place to find garnets along the NSR \ Red Deer river. I will be heading to the Edmonton \ Red Deer area the last week of August. I have been panning the Yale panning reserve (I am from Coquitlam). Found plenty of colour and flakes but my wife has become addicted to garnet recovery and we have heard you can find orange or even green garnets in the NSR. Any tips or ideas on where to go would be greatly appreciated.   :D
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: GoldPoor on August 17, 2012, 03:58:29 PM
Hello Cap n Smash,

Monday past my wife and I were on the NSR at Devon, I was panning she was rock hounding/panning and she got 3 redish pink garnets and that was in her first pan.  Maybe try there.

Goldpoor
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: Cap n Smash on August 17, 2012, 04:15:22 PM
Thanks GoldPoor, I have read alot about gold at Devon (Prospector Point) but was unsure if there were garnets there. Thanks for the tip, this way i can pan for gold and the wife can pan for garnets. What size were the garnets that your wife found? <-thinking-> The largest garnet I found has been 4mm, it was a nice clear red, I say was because I have since given it to my god daughter who fell in love with it when she saw it. Wish I would have a least taken a picture of it. :(
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: grolic on August 17, 2012, 04:24:50 PM
Around slave lake I have found pretty much every color of the rainbow of garnets . I guess it helps that there are kimberlite pipes pretty much 150-200km straight north :) Bring a grease table if you decide to go that far north you just never know. The Athabasca at Smith has some nice color.
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: GollyMrScience on August 17, 2012, 06:39:38 PM
Many of the beaches at Cold Lake and Marie Lake are red with garnet. Sometimes quite striking but the garnet is pretty small.
Garnet of various sizes can be found along the NSR - A good portion of the larger garnet is broken out of metamorphics from the Canadian Shield so they could be anywhere along the river though I have seen some pretty big ones just to the east of the bridge across the NSR on Hwy 36 that goes north from Two Hills through Duvernay and Brosseau. They are glacially derived but must have been sampled from some courser garnet metamorphic rock from far north. Not that you might not find equally sized garnet anywhere along the river its just that I noted the size of the garnet at the time.
If you screen heavy cons off on a 12 mesh screen you should find a few good ones.
good luck!
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: Cap n Smash on August 20, 2012, 04:30:15 PM
Thank you all for the tips. I think I will be doing quite a bit of hiking along the NSR this go round as I will be spending most of my time in and around Edmonton. I guess I will have to schedule more vacation time next summer to check out all the locations you all have suggested in Alberta.

Thanks again,
Cap n Smash ;D
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: GoldPoor on August 21, 2012, 09:14:59 AM
Cap n Smash

My wife found ones around the 1 - 2 mm size.  I have no idea what they look like in my screen, who knows what I have thrown out in sifting or classifying while panning.

Also look at rundel park on the east side of city near yellow head hywy, and on 199st.

Goldpoor
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: coolshivers on August 21, 2012, 12:08:18 PM
I've been tossing all my screened rocks that are bigger then a 20 mesh and smaller then a 10 mesh over the fence into the neighbours yard. maybe come end of the season you would like them If I started saving them? Lots of purple garnet to pick out. From hours of highbanking. I'm in the city of champions.
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: GollyMrScience on August 21, 2012, 01:11:48 PM
So I guess you really woundn't want me to show you a bunch of the plus 20 and even plus 10 nuggets I have from the NSR and area would you? Just pokin' ya   ;D - I am sure everybody checks those screen fractions over - even pans them -just to be sure, because they would hate to miss anything.
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: coolshivers on August 21, 2012, 01:28:54 PM
 its whats caught in the 1/2" expanded or mats thats left.  Dear lord i toss one of those but they seem to be mostly heavy rock/iron etc.  I pick out a few select garnet from each batch then huck the rest over the deck into the neighbours barren yard.  I'm making a better cleanup sluice that I might start to run the larger stuff down as picking through it takes forever before it goes over. I will still be purging lots of small garnet thats -30 in size I have no intention of tweezing.   ;D
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: GoldPoor on August 21, 2012, 11:02:05 PM
Darn! now I have to pan pebbles?  <~ShOcK~>

I use an old house screen used in the kitchen  for cooking and baking to classify down.  I told my wife I will save the small ones for her to look thru....all gold is mine though.
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: Former Guest on September 03, 2012, 01:02:03 PM
Hi i run into 1 great location in Edm for garnets i will share it with you and everyone now. By Wayne Gretzky drive as you cross the river look west you will see an Island there. Its on the other side south bank right by a storm drain. They are there by the thousands on the east bank of the storm drain. Just pan around and you will find them good luck cheers Ray
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: Former Guest on September 25, 2012, 09:11:09 AM
East side of bridge on Wayne Gretzky drive by storm drain i found lots there no gold but thousands of garnets all colours as you cross the bridge on east side email me for excact location anyone.  Best spot i found for just garnets nice sizes took few for my collection cheers Ray
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: CelticProspector on January 21, 2013, 04:24:07 PM
Good for the Mrs LOL I enjoy finding Garnet too especially when I'm not getting gold in the pan  I get rose and pink ones on the Skykomish river claim I work wow Orange and green would be a cool find  Good Luck     Cheers Jeff
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: RFB on January 21, 2013, 06:35:54 PM
Thanks for the info on the garnets gents...
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: Former Guest on January 21, 2013, 06:52:34 PM
any time pm me for excact location i found them, would like to go pan there again been few years now since last time there. So would pan there again and see. i need a bigger piece so may go back was after gold last time there so moved on  <-yes_> ;D
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: pRoDiEuS on January 09, 2020, 12:10:42 PM
Around slave lake I have found pretty much every color of the rainbow of garnets . I guess it helps that there are kimberlite pipes pretty much 150-200km straight north :) Bring a grease table if you decide to go that far north you just never know. The Athabasca at Smith has some nice color.

I know this is an old post and the likelyhood you are still here and will see this is small. But where around slave lake do you find them. I live in slave lake and have been rockhounding the last two years. I would like to try and find some. Is there a specific creek, slave river, the lake, or elsewhere that you look? Maybe we could go together.
- Cheers
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: JOE S (INDY) on January 09, 2020, 05:45:20 PM
Welcome Chris!   <-wave->   <-party->

In order to be able to send or receive PMs here you must first make a second, confirming, post.  The subject or content isn't critical - merely that you make that second post.  After that point the other members can PM you directly with who-knows-what additional information  <-yahoo_> - quietly and away from the active forum.

As to colors of Garnets - they come in just about every color you can think of.  It all depends on trace elements.

https://www.geologypage.com/2019/06/garnet-color.html    Colorless, Black and a ton of other colors in between.

I occasionally search certain areas for them as well.  I bring a small sized classifier, put a thin layer of concentrates from Gold panning in it and raise the classifier above my head and look towards a well lit area above me.  Many of the light transmitting, colored ones will stand out by the bright colored light coming through them. 

Like fireworks at night.

 Best of luck in the search - and keep coming back with more questions   {-applause-}

As an additional thought  <-thinking->   - other folks here might be hip deep in other colored ones where they work - maybe PMs and a co-operative spirit will end up  with others forwarding some hard to get ones for your wife's collection. 

You never know!    <-dont~know->

Joe

Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: sunshine on January 11, 2020, 12:35:50 PM
I never thought to try looking at the classifier from the bottom.  I will have to try that.  Instead, what I do is shake the rocks in the classifier (in water if available but it also works somewhat in the dry), so heavies go to the bottom.  I then flip the classifier in one smooth motion and dump its contents onto a flat surface.  Now, the heavies are on the top of the pile.  This is a good way to find garnet and zircon.  You can spot them by shape, colour and shine.  I am sure that it is also a good way to find diamond, which so far has eluded me. 
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: eagleheadgold on February 03, 2020, 09:00:49 PM
Ive spent plenty of time in the archives in Edmonton and surrounding area to study old literature, and an old settler by the name Von Hammerstein said the natives he encountered had "garnets and diamonds on the brain" and that they were used for trading. I got one garnet/granite combo stone that is about 200 carats that is currently in the tumbler getting polished. I hope it comes out nice and shiny as it looked like an old piece of granite going in....also found a few small purple quartz and lots of smoky quartz.

I mostly toss heavier stones and rarely keep the 2mm garnets.....this little one is from the Athabasca River.smallgarnet.PNG
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: ReedKidd on February 17, 2020, 09:08:18 AM
Ive spent plenty of time in the archives in Edmonton and surrounding area to study old literature, and an old settler by the name Von Hammerstein said the natives he encountered had "garnets and diamonds on the brain" and that they were used for trading. I got one garnet/granite combo stone that is about 200 carats that is currently in the tumbler getting polished. I hope it comes out nice and shiny as it looked like an old piece of granite going in....also found a few small purple quartz and lots of smoky quartz.

I mostly toss heavier stones and rarely keep the 2mm garnets.....this little one is from the Athabasca River.smallgarnet.PNG

I like garnets.  Just that deep color they have...something about them....  ;D
Title: Re: NSR\Red Deer river garnets
Post by: ReedKidd on February 17, 2020, 01:19:07 PM
East side of bridge on Wayne Gretzky drive by storm drain i found lots there no gold but thousands of garnets all colours as you cross the bridge on east side email me for excact location anyone.  Best spot i found for just garnets nice sizes took few for my collection cheers Ray
Hi Ray,

Hope you are getting this as I know that post was from 2012   <-laugh->  I was reading your directions and from the map could not make out the storm drain you mentioned.  Is it along the hiking trail they have by the river and golf course?  Any precise direction would be appreciated.
A friend is planning a trip up to the area and I was thinking of coming along.   Adding to the garnet collection would make a great trip.

Thank you,

Jay