PLEASE NOTE! The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has determined that everyone wishing to dig in the Bank must wear safety equipment as follows:

  • Shoes with rigid (steel, alloy, composite) toe protectors
  • Hard hats
  • Safety glasses

For those arriving unaware and/or unprepared, we will have LIMITED quantities of safety gear for rent:

New Safety Gear Required -- Limited Number of Rentals Available
Hard toe shoe covers$5.00/day
Hard hats$5.00/day
Safety glasses$5.00/day

Please bring your own if you can, as supplies are limited!

 

 

Come Prepared!

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Heads or Tails?

Heads or tails?
While the head banks sometimes produce larger specimens, large opals have been found in the tailings that were overlooked by bank diggers, or pushed out with the backhoe.

Tool Rentals

If you need more tools than you brought, our Gift Shop offers a LIMITED QUANTITY of the following tools for rent:

Item Day rate
Picks $5
Shovels $2
Rakes $2
Screens $10

Note: Our rental picks are not Estwing models. However, we do offer Estwing picks for sale in our gift shop. There are two types of Estwing picks. One is a small rock pick and the other Estwing is a long-handled pick. Both are important in bank and tailings.

New Safety Gear Required

Limited Number of Rentals Available
Hard toe shoe covers$5.00/day
Hard hats$5.00/day
Safety glasses$5.00/day