Michigan Lost Treasure

Michigan lost treasure sites are listed on this page. However, I cannot promise that this information is completely accurate. As treasure tales go, because they have been passed down through many years, certain elements of the lost treasure story may have been altered, either intentionally or otherwise.

This information should be researched through other means as well. Never rely on one piece of information about a treasure story you are researching. Use multiple research tools.

Good luck! And have fun in your search for Michigan treasure.

Michigan Lost Treasure Sites

High Island

Located in northern Lake Michigan, approximately 10 miles west, of Beaver Island, west of the Straits of Mackinac. In the 1600's Beaver island was settled by the French. During the mid 1800's the island was then settled by the Mormons. A story about a treasure hunter locating a treasure of Spanish silver coins on High Island has circulated. Could the settlers of Beaver Island have buried the coins? Are there more treasures to be found there?

Drummond Island

Located in the eastern corner of the Upper Peninsula, between North Channel and Lake Huron. Fort Drummond, which was on this island, was built by the British in 1815. The fort is now gone. However, artifacts from that fort have been found on the island.

Ropes Gold Mine

Located three miles northeast of Ishpeming. This abandoned gold mine dates back to the 1600's.

The Lost Indian Gold Mine

Located in the vicinity of Porcupine Mountain, near Silver City.

The Lost Jack Driscoll Silver Mine

Located on the upper peninsula of the Huron Mountains, close to Ishpeming.

The Lost Douglas Houghton Gold Mine

Located near Log Lake close to Champion


Located in Lenawee County. A well to do farmer, Godfrey Watson, supposedly buried his life savings in the vicinity of his farm in Tecumseh

Understand The Laws Regarding Digging On State Lands

The Antiquities Act of 1906 and the ARPA  (Archaeology Resources Protection Act)laws explain why you cannot remove artifacts from State or Federal lands that are more than 100 years old.

Digging for a treasure that is more than 100 years old comes under the protection of these two laws. But remember, the laws only pertain to State and Federal lands. Know the law before you dig.

Michigan lost treasures may be located in ghost towns.

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