Rockhounding Site: North Ochoco Reservoir
Rock Type: Agate and jasper.
Site Description: Access to this site requires a rugged ¼-mile hike through scenic high desert country. Colorful agate and jasper can be collected on the ground surface below the cliffs overlooking the site. Many specimens have cavities filled with drusy quartz. The agate and jasper is often attached to boulders of lava rock, so a rock hammer and some chipping tools are useful for removing the desired material.
Directions: Available on Central Oregon Rockhounding Map, Purchasing Info
Road Access: Hike in access.
Site Information: Park away from highway.
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Rockhounds collecting agate and jasper at the North Ochoco Reservoir site.
Rockhounds can expect to find relatively large samples of multi-colored jasper at this site. This sample is about 10 inches wide.