Welcome to Coos Canyon Rock and Gift in Byron, Maine!
472 Swift River Road, (Rt. 17), Byron, Maine 04275
Our family has been prospecting for minerals and gold here since the 1950’s. Our passion for prospecting bloomed into our small family run business where we share what we’ve learned through the years with our customers.
Coos Canyon is a beautiful, natural gorge along the
Swift River. It is a popular swimming and picnicking
area, with waterfalls and swim holes. It's known
as one of the best places to pan for gold in Maine.
We offer free hands-on demonstrations to teach how to pan for and find gold on your own. We have all the equipment you need, either for rent or for sale. You can pan in our on-premises panning pool or we can guide you to areas along the Swift River and its tributaries. It’s great fun and an exciting outdoor activity for all ages. We also offer gravel from the famous Mt. Mica Tourmaline Mine in Paris Hill, Maine, with on site use of screens and assistance in identifying minerals of tourmaline, garnet, quartz, lepidolite, feldspars, aquamarine, etc. found in the gravel.
We offer a display of local gold nuggets as well as jewelry made from this gold. Buckets of paydirt (gravel with gold flakes mixed in) are available for you to pan, or you can pan your own gravel in the River.
Our gift shop is a tasteful mix of crystals, rocks, jewelry, unique gifts, souvenirs, tee shirts, prospecting equipment, books, etc. Much of our jewelry is locally handmade of gemstones and crystals with some Maine Gemstone and Tourmaline jewelry as well.
There's great hiking in the area and fishing in the river for trout. Don't forget your camera as there are many opportunities to capture some beautiful mountain and river scenery and maybe even one of the many Moose in our area. And if you’re hungry, we serve great food from sandwiches and fresh dough pizza to hand dipped ice cream.
We look forward to meeting you and sharing in an adventure with you and your families or just chatting with you as you browse our fun little gift shop.
Sincerely, Rosey and the Crew at Coos Canyon Rock and Gift Shop
Hours are Seasonal
May1-15 weekends 11-4, hit or miss weekdays
May 15-June 15 11-4 daily
June 15-July 1 10-5 daily
July 1-Labor Day 9-6 Monday-Friday; 9-5 Sunday
Labor Day to Columbus Day 11-4 daily
Columbus Day to Oct. 31 weekends 11-4, Hit or miss weekdays
Happy to Open By Appointment Any Time of the Year -- Just call ahead a day or 2.
(GPS reading N44 43.226, W70 37.968) If using GPS devices, be aware GPS doesn't work accurately here in the mountains. Call us and we will explain how to enter directions into your device to get you here quickest.
From the South: Turn onto Scenic Rt. 17 West at the traffic light in Mexico. Drive 13 miles to the Coos Canyon Rest Area (just past the Campground). We are located across the road from the Rest Area, on the left.
From the North: Turn onto Rt. 17 East in Oquossoc. Drive 24 miles to the Coos Canyon Rest Area.We are on the right, just across the road from the Canyon.