I have really wanted to find some labradorite. It’s a very pretty rock. I had made a visit to a local lake where there was supposedly labradorite to be found, but there was very little access to the lake, and where we could get to, we found nothing but shale. And technically, taking rocks was forbidden anyway.
I had read there is labradorite in areas of the Adirondack Mountains, but we haven’t had a chance to go explore those areas yet. But I had also read that one guy had found labradorite on the beaches of Lake Erie near Saybrook, Ohio (Ashtabula County). He had even posted pictures of the rocks both raw and polished. I contacted him, and found that he had collected the rocks on private beaches. The labradorite is glacial till deposit. I searched Google Maps and found several parks in the area. The largest was Geneva State Park. I searched the park’s website and found nothing saying we couldn’t collect rocks.
We arrived Sunday morning, and were actually lucky that it was raining. It wasn’t a hard rain, but a light rain that was off and on. With the stones being wet, it actually made it easier to see their color and patterns. It would have been much harder if they had been dry.
We pulled into the Breakwater Beach parking lot and started walking along the beach. There were smaller rocks and pebbles near the water line, and my wife walked there. I walked a little higher up on the beach where there were fewer, but larger stones. I found a greenish blackish mottled rock fairly quickly that I was pretty sure was labradorite. It looked like pictures I had seen. We kept walking, picking up not only rocks we thought were labradorite, but rocks with interesting colors and patterns.
We walked the beach for maybe an hour and collected a bunch of rocks. Some, I am pretty sure are labradorite, and others might be. We will polish then and see what they look like. I have read the labradorite found here is not high grade. But it should still be fun to play with. I might try cutting a few of the larger pieces into slabs and polishing those.
I am not sure of the range that the labradorite extends. I am wondering if we explore the Lake Erie beaches in New York, if we would find labradorite. We might have to take a camping trip some rainy weekend. We are planning to take a trip to the Adirondacks later this summer to look for rocks, including labradorite.