A Walk on the Beach

  • Published on Apr 3, 2017
  • A Rock Hunt in Lake Huron
    The two main rocks I collect in this video are Petoskey stones and puddingstones. Both rocks are found mainly in Michigan, although a few may be found in some of the surrounding states.
    The Petoskey stone (Hexagonaria percarinata) is an approximately 400 million old fossilized coral. It is the state stone of Michigan. Petoskey stones are calcite which is very soft, approximately 3 on the Mohs scale. Since they are so soft, they can be polished by hand. See this video for polishing instructions: tvclip.biz/video/sjImNrwR9As/video.html
    Puddingstones are a conglomerate stones comprised of red jasper and chert in a quartzite matrix. They are found in larger numbers on Drummond Island and St. Joseph Island in Canada but also across much of the lower peninsula of Michigan. They were called puddingstones by British settlers who thought they looked like a boiled suet pudding with berries. Here's a video showing polished puddingstones: tvclip.biz/video/LqkzUt7SRn8/video.html
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Comments • 787

  • Michigan Rocks
    Michigan Rocks  2 months ago +47

    *For everyone who is upset that I threw rocks into the lake…*
    If you read the comments, I have already been told many, many times what a terrible person I am for throwing rocks in the water. I have responded many times to these comments, but I keep getting more. I’m hoping that by pinning this, I can explain myself once and not have to keep typing the same thing over and over again.
    I originally posted this video for a lapidary forum that I participate in. I was showing how I hunt rocks and explaining that not all Petoskey stones are good for lapidary work. When I first started polishing Petoskey stones, I brought back a lot of inferior stones and wasted a lot of time polishing rocks that were never going to look very good. I wanted to share what I had learned to save other people the trouble of learning the hard way. My intentions were to help people, not to upset them.
    This video was made a couple years ago. Since it has upset so many people, I have stopped throwing rocks into the water, even when I’m not on camera. If this was a beach in another location, I could see where that would be a problem. Here’s what many people do not understand: this beach is not close to any public access, so there are not a lot of other people hunting rocks here. In fact, I’ve only seen one other person looking for rocks in the times I’ve been here.
    The rocks on Great Lakes beaches move around a lot. The ice moves rocks as it plows across the beach. Wind moves tons of rocks. I have talked to homeowners along the beach who tell me that the beaches can be mostly sand, and then after a storm, there are rocks a couple feet deep. No matter where I leave rocks behind, they will get moved around by the waves. Throwing them out into the lake does not mean they’re gone forever. Leaving them on the beach does not mean that they’ll be there after the next wind. Check out this video (more towards the end) to see some examples of how the waves move rocks. tvclip.biz/video/XRJBk3Ue7uY/video.html
    Thanks for reading this, and I’m sorry if I have upset you. Once again, I am no longer throwing rocks into the water.

    • guyontheblackchair
      guyontheblackchair 7 days ago

      @thomas glenn "Oops, I didn't see you there...."

    • thomas glenn
      thomas glenn 7 days ago

      @guyontheblackchair, you are so on point with that. He should fling a few right at the bums who complain

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  18 days ago

      @Robert Mabe I thought I had replied to this, but I don't see my reply here. I don't think I've ever found anything that would be considered precious. I have found an occasional Lake Superior agate, which is precious to me, but not considered a precious stone. I have found some flour gold in the black sands on the beaches of Lake Superior. It's so small you can hardly see it, but it's still fun to find gold in the wild.

    • trump 2020
      trump 2020 20 days ago

      Life long michigander and iv been throwing rocks my whole life, nothing wrong with it, do apologize, and your right the ice will door damage and movement then you could worh a wheelbarrow

    • Pat Johnston
      Pat Johnston 29 days ago

      Michigan Rocks ,

  • احجار كريمة

    Nice 👍👍👍

  • Marimilitarybrat

    On another rock hound site one of the viewers said that his dad identified certain rocks as Leaverights. He said that means that you should leave her right where you found her

  • Ricky Pisano
    Ricky Pisano Day ago

    It took that rock 100 million years to reach the shore....It took you 2 seconds to throw it back...LOL

  • Sammy
    Sammy 2 days ago

    Throw all the rocks in the water that you want. You are out there doing the hunting, it is up to you !!

  • areba khan
    areba khan 3 days ago


  • BLFulle
    BLFulle 4 days ago

    What is inside the Michigan pudding(?) rock? I've always wondered about rocks with all kinds of formations in them. I would have taken the black rock with the fossil looking pattern and the rock that looked like a clam. I hope you see this comment.

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  3 days ago +1

      @BLFulle I just finished uploading the video. It will go public next week.

    • BLFulle
      BLFulle 3 days ago

      @Michigan Rocks That is good news. I love rocks. I don't know why but I find them fascinating. I have a very small collection. Mostly fossils but I love them.
      I look forward to your video coming out and thanks for answering my question.

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  4 days ago +1

      BLFulle you’re in luck. I’m in the process of making a video of cutting a puddingstone and the black fossil rock (cladapora) as well as some others. I cut the rocks a couple weeks ago and just haven’t gotten video of the results yet. The video should be up in a week or two.

    DEBORAH A. SIEFER 5 days ago

    1:47 great fine woth lots of money.

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  4 days ago

      You must have gotten that time wrong. At 1:47, there's a small Petoskey Stone that isn't worth much at all.

  • elane magalhaes
    elane magalhaes 7 days ago

    Lugar lindo, amei ver as pedras ♥️

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  7 days ago +1

      @elane magalhaes Eu concordo, Deus faz um bom trabalho!

    • elane magalhaes
      elane magalhaes 7 days ago

      Não tem como não gostar, as pedras são lindas, Deus faz tudo perfeito sempre.

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  7 days ago +1

      Estou feliz que você gostou!

  • 12city Yan
    12city Yan 8 days ago

    You are so picky 😄

    • 12city Yan
      12city Yan 8 days ago

      Michigan Rocks I am just kidding 😄 I brought some petoskey stones when we were there. All the stones you don’t like its cute for me. 😄

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  8 days ago

      Yes I am. I can't take them all home, so I try to take just the good ones. When I first started polishing Petoskey stones, I wasted a lot of time polishing up stones that were never going to look good. Since then, I have learned to distinguish the good from the bad right on the beach. I'm not perfect at it, but I'm a lot better than I used to be. I was trying to show others what I learned.

  • Eugen Dumitrescu
    Eugen Dumitrescu 9 days ago

    The green-yellow stone is melarite jasper, very rare! You should have kept it!

    • Eugen Dumitrescu
      Eugen Dumitrescu 9 days ago

      Michigan Rocks Small deposits can be found anywhere. For ex l found a very small deposit of plasma agate here in Romania, when the only known ones were one from California and a smaller one in Madagascar. That's why l told you that you should have kept that stone. l have one tumbled but it's not larger than a wholenut. So, the one you just found was one of a kind!

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  9 days ago

      I have never heard of melarite jasper, so I looked it up. I couldn't find much, but it looks like it is from Arizona. Are you sure it can be found in Michigan? It seems like I would have heard of it if it can be found here.

  • Gigi N
    Gigi N 11 days ago

    بسيار عالياست

  • Dieguito Laban Batto
    Dieguito Laban Batto 12 days ago

    In espanish!!!

  • Cactus Wren
    Cactus Wren 15 days ago

    Age and source location of pudding stones carried south by the glaciers to this area? Love seeing all the beautiful Precambrian gneiss and granite stones. Are the dark gray or black stones with deep cups in them basalt? Or are they shale or slate? Any geology info you can share with us would be appreciated. But main criteria is their beauty. We all understand that! :)). Very relaxing. Thanks for taking us along.

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  15 days ago

      I'm not sure what the source of puddingstone is. They came down from Ontario, but that's as specific as I have ever seen. They're about a billion years old. I"m not sure which black stones you're talking about, but they're probably basalt. We do have shale in the area, but no slate. Check out this video for some really cool shale: tvclip.biz/video/HG010H7U0lc/video.html

  • Nickie B
    Nickie B 16 days ago +1

    When i moved i loaded most of my rocks on a trailer and moved them w me

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  15 days ago

      As any rational person would do. What else would you do? Leave them behind? Of course you would move them.

  • Nickie B
    Nickie B 16 days ago

    I have a 300 pound pudding stone at my house

  • Jessie James
    Jessie James 16 days ago

    ...Dana Point Beach .

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  15 days ago

      I'm not sure if this is a question or not. If you're asking if that's where I was, the answer is no. I looked up "Dana Point" and it seems to be in California. This video was taken at Lake Huron in Michigan.

  • dope cycle
    dope cycle 18 days ago

    I live right next to port huron, I lost all my rocks but a few on a move, everything I've found is on work trips around Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. If you do expos that would be sweet to go

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  18 days ago

      No expos for me. Rockhounding must make your work trips much more enjoyable.

  • flowerbug55
    flowerbug55 18 days ago

    Just a fun watch. Wish I was there. Anyone in Michigan want to swap Oregon Sunstones for Petoskey stones? In the rough of course.

    RABIN RAI 19 days ago


  • Keith Rose
    Keith Rose 20 days ago

    Find any greenstone?

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  20 days ago

      Nope. Greenstone is only found in the U.P. as far as I know. It's found on Isle Royal and the Keweenaw Peninsula for sure. This beach is on Lake Huron in the lower peninsula.

  • William Jones
    William Jones 21 day ago +1

    Man why y'all be so hard on dis man for throwing Dem rocks ..dey his rocks he found Dem and if he wanna chunk rocks in da water dat ain't none y'all business .while y'all be throwing plastic and stuff in da water ..Dem rocks are a natural part de environment ..he ain't pollut no water wid a rock ..he actually help dat lake cause small fishes hide round Dem rocks and protected from big fishes giving Dem a better chance to live ..ain't nobody care cause he throwed a rock in dat water ..while y'all our throwing beer cans in it ..GTFO ..dat man out getting his relax on and y'all be h888n

  • KatyDid
    KatyDid 23 days ago

    I can remember collecting Petosky stone with my dad when I was a kid - our family vacations were planned around rock hunting sites. :D Do you know why puddingstone has a separate name from regular conglomerate?

    • KatyDid
      KatyDid 22 days ago

      *googling suet pudding* I'll look for it around Christmas. :D

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  22 days ago

      Yes, settlers thought it looked like an English suet pudding. I assume the pudding had berries or something that looked like the red jasper. There are other conglomerates in other parts of the world that are called puddingstones too, but this one is unique to Michigan, Ontario, and a couple surrounding states.
      When the snow flies and I'm stuck inside looking for video ideas, I plan to make a suet pudding to see how much it looks like puddingstone. The rock from this thumbnail is in my basement. I think it wants to be in another video.

  • Amitis Shahbanu
    Amitis Shahbanu 26 days ago

    that little blue rock... what is it

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  26 days ago

      Can you tell me when you saw it in the video? I'm not sure which one you mean.

  • s sarup
    s sarup 27 days ago

    Nice informative clips

  • Setiono Sapto
    Setiono Sapto 27 days ago +2

    Selamat anda telah menemukan komentar Dalam Bahasa Indonesia yang baik dan benar 😊

  • fedupwitumboth
    fedupwitumboth Month ago

    I live on a michigan inland lake that used to be, many yrs. ago, a gravel pit...my grandchildren and i have found many petoskey stone and other fossils from ancient seas no doubt left when the glaciers moved through...Lake Huron is one of my very favorite places. Love this video.

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago

      Thanks. I have a lot more newer videos that you might like too.

  • Josenilson Ferreira

    Lindas pedras! Stones Beautiful

  • douglas carpenter
    douglas carpenter Month ago

    Gold prospectors use a piece of 4 inch pic with clear plexiglass or even a large magnifying glass to see through water for sniping in cracks. Maybe something larger just to cover the ripples to see through. A 1x4 box with plexi on gotten caulked. A fun noodle tied around so it floats a push pole or rope. Just a thought.

    • douglas carpenter
      douglas carpenter Month ago

      @Michigan Rocks Oh I see. I never had access to rock hounding like this. In my area it's different geology and hunting grounds.
      The bucket sounds much simpler, lighter etc.
      But I understand traveling lite and covering more area.

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago

      I built something like that and I have never even tried it out. I have a five gallon bucket that I put a plexiglass bottom in. I have hauled it to the beach, but that's it. If there are big waves, they would knock the bucket around. For calm water, there's no need. The only thing it would be helpful for is small ripples on the water. But then I'd have to hold the clear bottom bucket and I wouldn't have hands for my rock scoop or a bucket to carry rocks in.
      For this kind of rock hunting it's just not necessary. Even if it's rough, that just wets the rocks on the beach so I can pick out the Petoskey Stones. In rough weather I just hunt the splash zone.

  • Melissa Nuñez
    Melissa Nuñez Month ago

    The one rock look like whale vomit yellow with colors

  • reza vlogs
    reza vlogs Month ago

    Those who understand the kinds of stone so nice collection
    But me only obsessed on it i don't know what about named if stone ???

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago

      The main two stones in this video are puddingstone and Petoskey Stones. See the video description for more information.

  • Samuel Nekvasil
    Samuel Nekvasil Month ago

    Those pudding rocks are amazing. What did you end up doing with them?

    • fannietta
      fannietta Month ago

      Do you sell them, too? I’d buy a large polished Puddingstone to remind me of home.

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago

      I tumble some. I polish some with a handheld grinder. I have made pendants for my wife. That really nice one I haven't done anything with yet. I kind of like it just like it is.

  • Nonny Brooks
    Nonny Brooks Month ago

    What do you do with the stones? That would help us understand why all the searching for them.

    • Tina Driskell
      Tina Driskell Month ago

      Lapidary work.

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago

      Nonny Brooks here are a ew examples:
      How to Hand Polish a Petoskey Stone tvclip.biz/video/sjImNrwR9As/video.html
      How to Make a Michigan Magnet from Petoskey Stone tvclip.biz/video/nQscrpCc3rc/video.html
      Tumbled Puddingstones tvclip.biz/video/LqkzUt7SRn8/video.html
      Using Acid to Treat a Chain Coral Fossil tvclip.biz/video/hjk3_KMLYXs/video.html
      Polishing a Large Puddingstone tvclip.biz/video/5eYITol4b2E/video.html

  • walt barrand
    walt barrand Month ago

    wow your rocks are cool

  • Jan NIPPER
    Jan NIPPER Month ago +1

    I would not be able to leave any behind. What are the red rocks?

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago +1

      Jan NIPPER the rocks with the red spots are puddingstones.

  • Smurf Girl
    Smurf Girl Month ago +2

    I could watch you walk the shores all day long. Very jealous 😉

  • Tina Driskell
    Tina Driskell Month ago

    I'll take your rejects. Lol

  • Edie Leeann Bogumil

    you throw them in water but someone else may find and keep.

  • emily brogan
    emily brogan Month ago

    So inspiring! Just got home from Petoskey (we live in south east Michigan) and I already want to go back out to hunt!
    Would you be willing to share the general location of what part of the coast of Lake Huron you are hunting on in this video?

  • leo jr morin
    leo jr morin Month ago

    you found e rocks stars do doo you no what is the name of precious stone thank you,,, there is a lot of fossilized coral on your lake wow wow wow wow i like

    • leo jr morin
      leo jr morin Month ago

      @Michigan Rocks merci you ar e good man

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago +1

      @leo jr morin No need to apologize. I don't speak French at all.

    • leo jr morin
      leo jr morin Month ago +1

      @Michigan Rocks sorry im frenche Quebec my engliche is not good sorry i sur is that
      petoskey stones are the fossilization of ancient coral-hexagonaria i play the video egaine you said the fosils change now i understand sorry

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago +1

      I'm not sure what you're asking. The two main rocks in this video are Petoskey Stone (fossilized coral) and puddingstone (a conglomerate rock).

  • leo jr morin
    leo jr morin Month ago

    the most important is the blunder of the stones that you show to the people, the people judge without knowing what they say, The ice thumb the rocks the biggest on the edge of the water, I found fossilized Coral, lac saint-jean Quebec in Canada who comes island snake two miles off lake and I do not believe people able to throw a stone two miles at the far end

  • brianroark88
    brianroark88 Month ago

    The glacial period sure gave us a lot of treasures

  • brianroark88
    brianroark88 Month ago

    Love those pudding stones. Cool hobby you have

  • edi madi gabi
    edi madi gabi Month ago

    Stop this. Put the rocks back!

    • edi madi gabi
      edi madi gabi Month ago

      @nick mcarr You have them and eventually they will end up in a landfill. Please return them to nature.

    • nick mcarr
      nick mcarr Month ago

      Why? What difference does it make?

  • Eire Saoirse
    Eire Saoirse Month ago

    Are these expensive?

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago

      Both pudding stone and Petoskey Stones are collected by a lot of people. Both can also be made into jewelry. So they're both worth money, but I don't know what you consider expensive. I don't know what rough rocks go for because I find my own. You could check eBay for prices.

  • Joella Emery
    Joella Emery Month ago


  • Rob Morgantti
    Rob Morgantti Month ago

    What a very cool hobby that must be

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago +1

      I sure like it. I like getting outside to some beautiful locations and then there's the fun of shining them up later.

  • Lexi
    Lexi Month ago +3

    So you throw some rocks back...kinda fun wondering what they’ll look like after 10,000 or so more years of tumbling thru the sand? It’s not like you’re tossing them into someone’s yard, geez! Thanks for all the cool videos

  • iwantthetruth andnothingbut

    Not all ancient corals are Petoskey.
    Petoskey is unique in that it has a honeycomb like structure.
    The other Coral fossils that you picked up and showed us we're just that ...Coral fossils...

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago

      iwantthetruth andnothingbut yep. I picked up chain coral and one that is commonly called cladapora, although I don’t think that’s completely accurate.

  • John Brownwood
    John Brownwood Month ago

    puddingstone at 640 is awesome

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago

      John Brownwood that’s the best one I’ve ever found, besides the one in this video:
      The Biggest and Best Puddingstone I've Ever Found tvclip.biz/video/we8N3E7owfo/video.html

  • Moldering One
    Moldering One Month ago

    I'm surprised that people don't understand what a renewable resource rocks are. Here today gone tomorrow and back again. Big deal.

  • Deborah Buhrman
    Deborah Buhrman Month ago

    That is so selfish throwing those back in the water, some kid might love that rock,now it may be lost forever, I bet you aren't a friendly person, shame on you hope someone threw the nice ones back so you can't find one! Is that why they call it pudding bay?

  • Norma Hepburn
    Norma Hepburn Month ago +1

    some people are just angry period. the water washed these stones onto the beach so what if you throw them back into the water. most of these stones you pulled out of the water any way. rock and fossil hunting is a lot of fun ,love your pudding stones. too bad people can't just enjoy watching your adventure, thanks for sharing it.

  • bigson1973
    bigson1973 Month ago +2

    Gotta be close to the 25 lb limit already

  • Ske Blen
    Ske Blen Month ago +3

    Wow, if I lived near there I would have probably collected enough rocks to build a house by now!! Beautiful rocks!

  • sheena reay
    sheena reay Month ago +1

    Why throw them into the sea?? Some child would have loved finding that.

  • Paul Williams
    Paul Williams Month ago

    Going to northern Michigan in a few days. Where on Lake Huron were you collecting these rocks?

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  10 days ago +1

      @Paul Williams Tonight's video is about the underground Ocqueoc. I really enjoyed visiting there a couple weeks ago. Thanks for suggesting it.

    • Paul Williams
      Paul Williams Month ago

      @Michigan Rocks It is mostly sand from Rogers City to the northern end of Hammond Bay. I have not seen the lake levels this high in many years. We have the same problem in Florida with having to take two cars kayaking.

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago

      @Paul Williams this comment got stuck in my spam folder somehow. I just released it. The lamprey weir is exactly where my daughter and I put in and kayaked. I really want to get back there again. It's a good hour from my house and I need to bring two vehicles, so it's not very convenient.
      Thanks for the info about the mouth of the river. Do you know if it's just the mouth or if it's sandy up and down the beach from there? Might be too far north for Petoskeys anyway.

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago +1

      @Paul Williams Thanks for the tip on the underground Ocqueoc spot. I've been to the falls and the river, but I hadn't heard of that. I'm going to put it on my list of places to visit.
      I've driven past Rosa's many times. It's about an hour from my house, so it's an awkward distance to go for a meal. Too far to go there just to go there, and not far enough to stop in while traveling. We have a Rosa's close to Alpena too. I'm not sure if it's the same owner. Good Italian food there too.

    • Paul Williams
      Paul Williams Month ago

      @Michigan Rocks Yes and I liked the old way better because it was all natural......plus now that I am living out of state, they want to charge me to get into a place I went to for free most of my life. It is better for the handy capped though. What we do now when we visit is park down the road by the bridge and just walk the trail next to the river to the falls.....free...LOL. Just another 2 mile drive from the falls is another interesting place we called the "undergrounds". It is where part of the Little Ocqueoc river flows from out of the side of a big hill. Just type in "Underground Ocqueoc" in google maps and it will show you the spot. I highly suggest if you are in the area and hungry, visit Rosa's Squeeze Inn. It is 1 mile north of Ocqueoc river on US-23. Left side of restaurant is a breakfast diner that might also be open at lunch but not sure. The right side is an Italian restaurant and is amazing. Left side I think is open every morning and right side is only open Thur - Sun 4-9. I recommend the sautéed mushrooms if you like them. Best I have ever had. Its crazy how this out of the way place has such good food.

  • Joel Williams
    Joel Williams Month ago

    I'm a ttooooootal closet geologist/paleontologist! Nice find @ 8:10!!!

    • Joel Williams
      Joel Williams Month ago

      @Michigan Rocks Righteous!

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  Month ago +1

      Joel Williams that’s the best puddingstone I’ve ever brought home. I have a video of a bigger one, but it wouldn’t fit in my kayak.
      The Biggest and Best Puddingstone I've Ever Found tvclip.biz/video/we8N3E7owfo/video.html

  • Dianne MacKay
    Dianne MacKay Month ago

    Thanks for sharing. Can not believe you should have to explain anything. I guess their hobby is to find something to bitch about! It sure looks like a wonderful hobby !

  • Debra White
    Debra White 2 months ago

    Hi from Northern Nevada...new subscriber 🙂🙃🙂 Loved this, thanks for sharing. Last summer, my husband and I drove 10,000 miles up to Alaska and back and he thought I was crazy (33 years together...he knows I’m certifiable already 🥴🤓) because I really enjoyed rock hunting. I found some beautiful gray stones with white striations that I think might be quartz? Wading in the frigid waters throughout Canada and Alaska looking for lovely rocks was the most relaxing, enjoyable time of my life! Now I want to drive to the Great Lakes! 😉👍🏻

    • Michigan Rocks
      Michigan Rocks  2 months ago +1

      Debra White I think the Great Lakes are closer than Alaska, but it’s still going to be a long drive. We drove to Colorado in a Jeep Wrangler this summer. That was a long drive, but it was beautiful!