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RULES AND REGULATIONS

NATIONAL LAWS

 The 1906 and 1997 Acts have an impact on the National Park System, National Monuments, National Sea Shore Beaches, Civil & Revolutionary War Battlefields, and to some extent on Native American lands. These acts make metal detecting illegal in any of these places. If caught metal detecting or even having a detector in your possession while on any of these protected places, it is considered a felony with tough penalties.

Historical Sites

The 1966 Act states that historical sites can be preserved. Once an historical site is placed on the National or State Historical Register, then the sites are no longer available for metal detecting, either surface or in-ground.

 TO MAKE IT EASY—ANY SITE WITH THE WORD “HISTORICAL” IN THE NAME SHOULD BE CONSIDERED OFF LIMITS TO DETECTING.

 National Forests

The Forest Service permits the use of recreational metal detecting. This activity does not usually require any authorization. However, if there are any archeological or historical resources on the site, that area is off limits to detecting.

 STATE LAWS

 State Parks

Each state has different laws governing metal detecting in state parks.

MISSOURI

Metal Detecting is allowed only on specific sand beaches at the facilities listed below. A permit is required and may be obtained free of charge by writing to Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Operations and Resource Management Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102, or by e-mail at moparks@dnr.mo.gov.

Crowder State Park

Cuivre River State Park

Finger Lakes State Park

Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Lake Wappapello State Park

Lewis and Clark State Park

Long Branch State Park

Pershing State Park

Pomme de Terre State Park

St. Joe State Park

Stockton State Park

Trail of Tears State Park

Harry S Truman State Park

Wakonda State Park

Wallace State Park

Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site

ILLINOIS

In Illinois you also must apply for a permit http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/DayUse/metaldetect.htm

 CITY AND COUNTY LAWS

 ST. LOUIS COUNTY

www.stlouisco.com/ParksandRecreation/MapsFacts/DepartmentPolicies

I could wish their wording was better. The second paragraph of their policy states that they “permit the use of recreational metal detectors”. However, you must read further to find that “Users may probe with a screwdriver, ice pick, or similar device so long as the shaft is no larger than ¼” diameter and the user does not damage plants or geological features. Any further disturbance of topsoil or digging is NOT permitted.”

“Any items found must be turned over to park staff or rangers and may be retained by the county park system except for modern jewelry or modern coins.”

County parks or areas that are COMPLETELY off limits

Antire Valley

Belleview

Bella Fontaine

Bissell House

Bishop Long

Faust Park

Fort Belle Fontaine

Jefferson Barracks

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Packwood

Sioux Passage

Sylvan Springs

West Tyson

and

highly managed lawn areas at

Bee Tree Mansion

Ebsworth Park

Jarville House

Any community center or recreation complex plaza

Museum of Transportation

ST. LOUIS CITY

https://www2.municode.com/library/mo/st._louis/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT22PAREFO_CH22.16PARE_22.16.010MUDEPAPR

You may use metal detectors in any City park unless designated as historical.

22.16.010 – Mutilation or destruction of park property.

No person shall break, cut, mutilate, injure, remove or carry away any tree, shrub, plant, flower, stone or stone work, bench, chair, seat, bower, stand, structure, fence or property, or thing whatsoever in, upon, or near any park, square or place in this City or any street, avenue or highway around the same; or disfigure any sward, gravel, sand, turf or earth or any trees, fence or structure therein or adjacent thereto.

 (Ord. 49771 § 1 (52 part), 1960: 1960 C. § 224.010.)

City parks that are COMPLETELY off limits to detecting

Lafayette Park

Tower Grove**

**(National Historic Landmark—it’s considered a felony if you are caught detecting there)

 JEFFERSON COUNTY

Jefferson County ordinances are the same as those for St. Louis County.

300.100. – Use of Metal Detectors

Metal detectors may be used in County Parks for coin searching, etc., except in Historical Areas.  Historical Areas include the Thomas C. Fletcher House and Grounds, and other areas so designated as Historical by the Department.  No shovels shall be allowed; only probing with instruments as defined in Section 200.020.8.  Written permits are necessary and may be obtained at the Department office.

 ILLINOIS

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/dayuse/metaldetect.htm

Use the above link to see where metal detecting is allowed. Each city and municipality will have their own laws. Please check beforehand.

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BRAND FORUMS
Bounty Hunter
http://www.treasurequestxlt.com/community/index.php?forums/bounty-hunter-metal-detectors.193/
Fisher
http://www.treasurequestxlt.com/community/index.php?forums/fisher-metal-detectors.175/
Garrett
http://www.treasurequestxlt.com/community/index.php?forums/garrett-metal-detectors.210/
Minelab
http://www.minelabowners.com/forum/forum.php
Tecknetics
http://www.treasurequestxlt.com/community/index.php?forums/teknetics.252/
Tesoro
http://www.treasurequestxlt.com/community/index.php?forums/tesoro-metal-detectors.141/
Whites
http://forums.whiteselectronics.com/forum.php

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GENERAL METAL DETECTING FORUMS
Friendly Metal Detecting
http://www.metaldetectingforum.com/
Treasure Net
http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/forum.php

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RESEARCH
St. Louis County Library
www.slcl.org

St. Louis Public Library
www.slpl.org

Jefferson County, MO Library
www.jeffcolib.org

Monroe County, IL Library
www.waterloolibrary.org

Historic Aerials
www.historicaerials.com

Library of Congress
www.loc.gov

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Can be found at most libraries and for free from Library of Congress

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METAL DETECTING RELATED

Midwest Coin Shooters & Historical Club

http://www.midwestcoinshooters.com

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Crestwood Coin & Jewelers (detecting supplies)

http://www.crestwoodcoin.com

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KELLYCO METAL DETECTORS

1-888-535-5926      http://www.kellycodetectors.com    “For all your detector needs”

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Missouri Metal Detecting
http://www.missourimarketplace.net/metaldetecting/missouri-metal-detecting.html

Metal Detecting World
www.metaldetectingworld.com