Florida metal detecting businesses and clubs

Florida has a rich history of metal detecting and great events for treasure hunters. There are many Florida metal detecting clubs and Florida metal detecting stores. Check out the shops in CT as well as the Florida rules for the metal detecting in the state.

Florida metal detecting stores – Complete list of all the metal detector shops in Florida.

Florida metal detecting businesses

Florida metal detecting businesses to check out.

Florida metal detecting businesses clubs and detecting events
Florida metal detecting

1.Green Equipment Company
13012 Saddle Way

Brooksville, FL 34614
(352) 799-9779
2.Ann Arbor Metal Detectors

(I hope this isn’t a UofM fan… Go Green!!)
6045 Mountain Way Ave

Spring Hill, FL 34608
(352) 597-1911
3.Sapp’s Pawn Gun & Archery Shop
111 NW 6th St

Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 372-8301
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4.Myers Metal Detectors
5601 N Florida Ave

Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 237-1939
5.Sam’s Metal Detectors & Repair
1505 W Busch Blvd

Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 931-8498
6.Famous Treasures
4312 Land O Lakes Blvd

Land O Lakes, FL 34639
(813) 996-1787
7.Caudill Enterprise
2843 US Highway 19

Holiday, FL 34691
(727) 945-8474
8.Kellyco Metal Detector Distributors
1085 Belle Ave

Winter Springs, FL 32708
(407) 699-8700
9.Rowand’s
Serving the 34436 Area.
(386) 752-3550
10.Cotronics Inc RadioShack Dealer
(1)
2250 SE Federal Hwy

Stuart, FL 34994
(772) 286-3040
11.Cotronics Inc RadioShack Dealer
13600 US Highway 1

Sebastian, FL 32958
(772) 589-5165
12.Hinote Martin A Coins Stamps & Jewelry
235 E Nine Mile Rd

Pensacola, FL 32534
(850) 308-7686
13.Austin’s Diving Center
10525 S Dixie Hwy

Miami, FL 33156
(305) 665-0636
14.Hatt’s Diving Headquarters, Inc.
2006 Front St

Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 473-3754

16.Hatts’ Diving Headquarters Inc
2006 Front StMelbourne, FL 32901
(321) 723-5932
18.O K Pawn & Jewelry
305 Dr Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd

Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 252-2372
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19.Deep Six Dive & Watersports
416 21st St

Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 562-2883
20.Deep Six Dive & Watersports
2525 NW Federal Hwy

Jensen Beach, FL 34957
(772) 692-2747

22.Ebbtide Metal Detecting
6508 Kings Hwy

Fort Pierce, FL 34951
(772) 464-1553
23.Reilly’s Treasured Gold
2003 W McNab Rd Ste 10

Pompano Beach, FL 33069
(954) 971-6102
24.Tectron
546 Ellis Rd S

Jacksonville, FL 32254
(904) 394-0683
25.Reilly’s Treasured Gold
REILLY S Treasured Gold

Miami, FL 33157
(305) 971-6102

27.B&G METAL DETECTORS
137 SE Calob Ct

Lake City, FL 32025
(386) 965-3509
28.American Technology
1530 Lakeview Cir

Coral Springs, FL 33071
(954) 227-7446
29.First Coast Trading Post
5800 Ramona Blvd

Jacksonville, FL 32205
(904) 733-7922
30.First Coast Trading Post
4827 Phillips Hwy

Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 891-8280

Florida metal detecting clubs

Here’s a list of some great CT metal detecting clubs with great events in Florida.

 

Altamonte Springs

Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
Alan James (President)
1045 E. Graves Ave,
Orange City, FL 32763
Phone# 386-717-5775
www.thecfmdc.com

 

Bradenton

Bradenton
Gary Miller
649 Cortez Rd W
Bradenton, FL 34207

 

Dania

South Florida Treasure Hunters Club
Michael Bethan
PO Box 263
Dania, FL 33004

 

Edgewater

Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
Alan James (President)
1045 E. Graves Ave,
Orange City, FL 32763
Phone# 386-717-5775
www.thecfmdc.com

 

Jacksonville

Historical Recovery Assoc. of North Florida
Shelly Simpson
1277 Avondale Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Historical Recovery Assoc. of North Florida

 

Lake Mary

Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
Alan James (President)
1045 E. Graves Ave,
Orange City, FL 32763
Phone# 386-717-5775
www.thecfmdc.com

 

Largo

Suncoast Reasearch & Recovery Club
Wally Swartz
Largo, FL
www.srarc.com

 

Longwood

Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
Alan James (President)
1045 E. Graves Ave,
Orange City, FL 32763
Phone# 386-717-5775
www.thecfmdc.com

 

Maitland

Florida Marine, Historical & Archeo. Club
Steve Davenport
PO Box 991
Maitland, FL 32751

 

Miami

Treasure Trove Chapter
Alan Davis
PO Box 835161
Miami, FL 33283
305-562-0137

 

Morriston

Mid. Florida Historical Research and Recovery
Butch Mayes
6151 SE 185 Terrace
Morriston , Fl 32668
352-528-2399

 

Naples

Tropic Treasure Hunters & Recovery Club
Ron Lord
2102 Alamanda Dr. #203
Naples, FL 34102

 

New Port Richey

Weeki Wachee Metal Detecting Club
Donald, Margaret & Erik Bing
3537 Glenburn Ct.
New Port Richey, FL 34655

 

North Fort Meyers

Southwest Florida Treasure Hunter’s Association
N. Fort Meyers, FL
(813)656-3532

 

Ocala

Mid-Florida Historical Research and Recovery
Roger Ackley
4529 E. Fort King St.
Ocala, FL 34470
352-694-6489

 

Orlando

Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
Alan James (President)
1045 E. Graves Ave,
Orange City, FL 32763
Phone# 386-717-5775
www.thecfmdc.com

 

Ormond Beach

Dig & Find Coinshooters and Historical Club
Mark Estes
1186 Oceanshore Blvd., # 157
Ormond Bch., FL 32176

Dig & Find Coinshooters & Historical Club
Mark Estes (Secretary)
1458 Oceanshore Blvd., PMB 157
Ormond Beach, FL 32176

 

Osteen

Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
Alan James (President)
1045 E. Graves Ave,
Orange City, FL 32763
Phone# 386-717-5775
www.thecfmdc.com

 

Palm Beach

Gold Coast Treasure Club, Inc.
Jim Warnke
617 Lakeside Harbor
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
561-732-4567

Panama City

Panhandle Research And Recovery Metal Detecting Club
P.O. Box 15384
Panama City, FL 32406
www.panhandleresearchandrecovery.com

 

Pensacola

Pensacola Historical & Treasure Hunters Association
Rosemary Sanders
914 N. 63rd Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32506
(904)456-6182

 

Pinellas Park

Suncoast Research & Recovery Club
Wallis Swartz
7791 55th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 544-5574 Fax or Phone

 

Sanford

Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
Alan James (President)
1045 E. Graves Ave,
Orange City, FL 32763
Phone# 386-717-5775
www.thecfmdc.com

 

Sebastian

Treasure Coast Archeological Society
1716 US Highway 1
Sebastian, FL 32958
(407)589-4500
Ron [email]

 

Spring Hill

Weeki Wachee Metal Detecting Club
Margaret Bing
PO Box 6584
Spring Hill, FL 34611

 

Stuart

Treasure Coast Metal Detecting Club
Stuart, FL
(407)286-9412

 

Tampa

West State Archaeological Society, Inc.
Gilbert Lewus
4206 E. 97th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33617

 

Tarpon Springs

Cachehunters999
George Kotsidis
P.O. 267
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
727-944-2206

 

The Villages

The Villages Treasure Hunters Club
Jim Goodwillie
Tierra Del Sol Country Club
806 San Marino Dr, The Villages, FL
352-430-0919
vthc.weebly.com
South Florida Treasure Hunters Club
Updated Jul 2, 2011
Hollywood Beach Culture & Community Center
1301 S. Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019

West Palm Beach

Gold Coast Treasure Club, Inc.
Frank Nash (President)
9729 Whippoorwill Tr
Jupiter, FL 33478
561-743-5248
visit website

Others to check out

Gold Coast Treasure Club
Updated Jul 2, 2011
Dreher Park
West Palm Beach, Florida
Suncoast Research and Recovery Club
Updated Jul 6, 2011
Bill Jackson Shop For Adventure
9501 US Highway 19 North
Pinellas Park, FL 33782-5414

West State Archaeological Society
Updated Jul 6, 2011
Forest Hills Park Community Center
724 West 109th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612

Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
Updated Jul 2, 2011
Sanford Garden Club
200 Fairmont Dr
Sanford, FL 32773
Historical Recovery Association of North Florida
Updated Jul 2, 2011
Piccadilly Restaurant
Back Meeting Room
200 Monument Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Treasure Coast Archeological Society
Updated Jul 2, 2011
North Indian River County Library
1001 Sebastian Boulevard
Sebastian, FL

Metal Detecting rules in Florida

Florida metal detecting Rules and regulations

MDHTALK Metal Detecting City and County Regulations
and a Link to a List of National Parks
Cities and Counties that Require a Metal Detecting Permit or do not Allow Metal Detecting

 

City: FT Pierce, FL
Permit Required:
Permit Fee:
Phone Number:
Website: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10303
Law: There is no direct regulation against metal detecting, but these regulations could impact the hobby.

Sec. 12-202. – Prohibited activities

i) Disturb the natural surface of the ground in any manner unless authorized in writing by the city manager and done in accordance with a city-initiated land management activity;
(l) Engage in the removal, alteration or destruction of archaeological or cultural resources except as authorized by the city manager. For purposes of this section “archaeological or cultural resources” means associated physical remnants and features contained in the ground including, but not limited to, artifacts, fossils, bones, shell mounds, or primitive culture facilities or items;
(o) To in any way disturb or remove any wildlife, animal, bird, or egg located above, upon or below the surface of the park grounds or to allow any privately owned animal to do so unless specifically authorized in writing by the city manager;
City: Ocala, FL
Permit Required: Yes
Permit Fee: Unknown
Phone Number:
Website: http://web.frpa.org/pdfs/sampledocuments/MetalDetecting_Ocala.pdf
Law:
Permit Updated January 12, 2010.
City of Ocala
Metal Detecting Excavation Permit
This Metal Detecting Excavation Permit authorizes the permittee to engage in metal detecting activities including related minor excavations for the purpose of collecting items of interest found in the process of treasure hunting/metal detecting under the below listed guidelines.
• Metal detecting activities (including excavations) shall not be conducted in prohibited areas or areas that have restricted access. Prohibited areas include any manicured lawn/sports turf; golf courses; on or within 10 feet on either side of a walking trail; landscape beds/areas, construction zones and archeological sites (The Fort King Memorial, The Fort King National Landmark, and Scott Springs).
• A hand tool for digging purposes is permitted. Holes shall be no more than six-inches in depth. Any holes created shall be filled immediately. The cutting of vegetation is prohibited.
• Metal detecting activities shall in no way interfere with the intended use of the public property or facilities. Metal detecting in a permitted special event zone is prohibited unless authorized by the event coordinator.
• Metal detecting in large groups is discouraged, especially at neighborhood parks due to the limited size and availability of resources.
• All regulations (City Codes and Florida Statutes) and posted park rules must be adhered to.
• Metal detecting and related excavations are not authorized on partnership (leased) properties except at the discretion of the property operator. Approval should be requested from the principal agent of said property.
• All items of value recovered during metal detecting activities must be surrendered to the Ocala Police Department (these items may be returned to the finder in cases where the rightful owner does not claim same within the statutory time frame). All articles of apparent historical significance shall be reported to the Recreation and Parks Department or the Ocala Police Department. When in doubt, the permittee shall assume the item has historical significance.
• The City of Ocala makes no claims in regard to the safety of metal detecting related excavation activities. The permittee is responsible for ascertaining that excavations will not in any way interfere with buried utilities and shall be responsible for any damage caused by excavation activities.
• The permittee shall indemnify the City and its elected officials, employees and volunteers against, and hold City and its elected officials, employees and volunteers harmless from all damages, claims, losses, costs, and expenses, including attorney fees, which City or its elected officials, employees or volunteers may sustain, or which may be asserted against City or its elected officials, employees or volunteers, arising out of this permit or the permitted activities or the condition of the facilities used for permitted activities without limitation, harm or personal injury to the permittee or third person during and related to the permitted activities.
• The City of Ocala reserves the right to revoke or amend this permit at any time. It shall be the permittee’s responsibility to maintain a current permit. The City recommends downloading and/or requesting an updated permit at least annually to ensure that permittee is fully aware of current regulations.
• Persons engaging in metal detecting excavation activities must have this permit with them or in their vehicle and their actions must demonstrate that they have a complete understanding of the permit guidelines. No excavation, other than that related to metal detecting activities, is authorized by this permit.

 

City: Orange County Parks Division, FL
Permit Required: Yes
Permit Fee: Unknown
Phone Number:
Website:
Law:
METAL DETECTOR USE POLICY
I. POLICY
It is the policy of the Orange County Parks and Recreation Division that any use of a metal detector by a patron on
park property be registered and approved prior to the physical action of metal detecting. Approval will be given by
the Site Supervisor only after the individual who intends to utilize a metal detector has completed the required
application form.
II. PROCEDURE
a. Patron receives a copy of the Application and Policy. Patron completes Application
b. Patron submits completed Application.
c. Site Supervisor reviews Application within 14-days of receipt.
d. In the event of a request at any site considered a Partnership property, the Supervisor must contact and
receive prior approval from said agency prior to continuing with the process outlined here.
e. Site Supervisor approves the application if it is complete and contacts the user to notify of approval.
f. Agreements expire one-year from the date of issue. Unless a new Agreement is submitted, the patron
will be denied use of a metal detector from any date following expiration of the Agreement.
Metal Detecting Conditions
• Metal detecting activities should not contribute to trail-blazing and should not be conducted in prohibited areas
or areas where activity is discouraged (wetlands, environmentally-sensitive areas, archaeological sites, areas of
historical significance or within any facility or structure).
• When metal detecting, the surrounding environment shall not be disturbed. The cutting of vegetation is
prohibited.
• No tools other than a metal detector shall be used. This includes any digging device. If an item is discovered
deeper than six-inches into soil substrate, said item cannot be recovered.
• Any holes created must be refilled immediately. Failure to comply with this condition will result in the
revocation of the approved user agreement.
• Metal detecting shall be conducted in patron-use areas only and all park structures shall be utilized appropriately
during any search.
• Any actions that result in the harassment, endangerment, or death of any wildlife constitute grounds for
immediate termination of the Agreement.
• Metal detecting must take place within known park boundaries and cannot be conducted within 1,000 feet of
neighboring houses or commercial industries adjacent to park perimeters.
• Metal detecting must take place during established park operating hours.
• All local regulations and ordinances must be followed while metal detecting.
• All Orange County Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations must be followed.
• Metal detecting is prohibited in construction areas.
• Metal detecting may not be permitted in partnership properties or lands not owned by Orange County. Approval
is contingent upon secondary approval from the principle agency.
• If physical signs of activity are impacting an approved location, management has the right to request that metal
detecting activity cease in this area.
• Any person (s) found in violation of the above conditions may be restricted from metal detecting for up to one year
(1) at any Orange County Park or Recreation Site.
• Orange County Parks and Recreation is not liable for any damage to personal metal detectors from weather,
vandalism, natural disaster, etc. or management activities conducted by the County or its contractors. 11/06

 

City: Polk County, FL
Permit Required:
Permit Fee:
Phone Number:
Website: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=11435
Law: Sec. 10.6-16. – Conduct generally
d.) No person shall make any excavation by tool, equipment, blasting or other means or utilize metal detectors or shall construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary, or run or string any public utility into, upon, across or over any park lands unless authorized by permit or written easement.

MDHTALK’s List of National Parks in Florida

Remember it is illegal to Metal Detect in a National Park, Recreational Area or at a National Monument.
Find and Read Title 36 in the Right Column on this Page.

Select this Link to View the List of National Parks
MDHTALK’s List of Bureau of Reclamation Water Ways in Florida

Remember it is illegal to Metal Detect on Bureau of Reclamation Lands and Water Ways.
Find and Read the Bureau of Reclamation Law in the Right Column on this Page.

There are NO Bureau of Reclamation Projects IN this state.

MDHTALK Metal Detecting State Law

State Park Links and State Park Metal Detecting Laws & Regulations
The Archaeology website for a state maybe an official state site or a site that represents the archaeology law of the state.

State Archaeology: http://www.flheritage.com/

On line State Park Regulations.

State Park Regulations: http://www.flheritage.com/news/faq.cfm

State Park Metal Detecting Rule and Regulation Detail:
Florida Dept. of Historical Resources Website: http://www.flheritage.com/news/faq.cfm

Q: Is metal detecting prohibited on state property?
A: Metal detecting on State land is generally prohibited with few exceptions. Many public beaches allow metal detecting between the high tide line and the toe of the dune. Beaches that are part of State and Federal Parks, Preserves, Sanctuaries, and military installations will have specific rules governing metal detecting; always consult with the park or property manager.

Q: I’m a diver who is interested in collecting artifacts from the rivers; is this legal?
A: State public lands include the submerged river bottom. The removal of artifacts from State lands is prohibited by Chapter 267.13 punishable with fines and either a first degree misdemeanor or third degree felony, depending on the circumstances. If you have discovered a site while diving in Florida’s rivers, contact our office and we can provide you with information regarding the site or, with your help, record a new site.

Florida Public Archaeology Network Website: http://www.flpublicarchaeology.org/faq.php

12.) Can I metal detect in Florida?
Laws regarding metal detecting in Florida are rather confusing —we always encourage anyone interested in metal detecting to always get the permission of the land owner or manager before detecting – that will prevent misunderstandings about what is permitted, trespassing, etc. Most cities and counties have their own ordinances regarding metal detecting – the City Manager, County Commission, or the Parks/Recreation Department can probably tell you. Most coastal cities and counties in Florida do allow metal detecting on their beaches, although some, like St. Johns County, have ordinances that prohibit the removal of historical objects from county lands. They’re all a little different, so that’s why we suggest contacting them directly.

Detecting on state lands is different and the removal of historical objects from state lands is prohibited. Some coastal state parks do not allow metal detecting at all, some will allow it between the shoreward toe of the dunes and the mean high water line, but only for modern objects. Some state parks will only allow detecting for personal items that are specified as lost in a particular area. If counties or cities lease coastal lands from the state, they are required to abide by state laws. Every state park will have an entry station with a ranger on duty, so always ask first.

As for metal detecting in the water, all lands that are below the mean high water line are considered state sovereignty submerged lands and, while it is not against the law to possess a metal detector in the water, it IS against the law to disturb the bottom sediments. So, if something is detected, it would be illegal to dig for it.

More Resource Information:

Chapter 267 Historical Resources Website

Division of Historical Resources of the Department of State Website

(2013 as report on treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com) Secretary of State for the State of Florida.

The use of metal detectors is prohibited on all state park lands, except for coastal parks in the beach zone between the high water mark and toe of the dune. Park managers have the authority at coastal state parks to further restrict the use of metal detectors and prohibit their use on the beach. A hobbyist interested in metal detecting should contact the park manager for the specific rules at the park he wishes to visit.

There are also city, county, and federal exceptions to the general beach rule. National parks and military installations usually prohibit metal detecting on the beach but not always; again, the park or land manager should be contacted. A few coastal communities prohibit metal detecting by city or county ordinance; signs are usually posted. Also, some condominiums, restaurants, and resorts discourage or prohibit metal detecting on the beach in front of their property; local ordinance would authorize these restrictions. Metal detecting rules on public land are not easily explained except that a hobbyist interested in metal detecting should check with the land manager of the property, be it at a state park, city beach, or otherwise.

Metal detecting in the water is easier to explain. Below the average high tide mark is state sovereign submerged bottomlands where all artifacts belong to the state, and archaeological excavation is not allowed without proper permitting from this office. In most cases permits from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corp of Engineers are also necessary. Digging or destruction of buried archaeological remains without the proper permitting from the Division of Historical Resources is a 3rd degree felony. Since the solitary function of a metal detector is to locate buried metallic items and then recover the buried object by digging, this activity is not allowed in the water.

Archaeologists are concerned with the integrity of a site, and those employed by the public are charged with managing archaeological sites in public ownership. They are foremost interested in information; what is found on the beach has typically been washed in from offshore and usually will not help explain a site once separated (sometimes by miles) from its context. A shipwreck site found under a beach and newly exposed is a different matter altogether. Shipwreck artifacts like ceramic sherds that wash up on the beach, for example, only tells us that people historically used plates, which is already understood, but ceramics embedded in the context of a wreck site, as part of its total artifact assemblage, could help us understand, date, and identify that specific shipwreck.
MDHTALK National or Federal Metal Detecting Regulations
Federal Agencies that have a specific Metal Detecting Regulation

Agency: Army Corps of Engineers
Website: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title36/36tab_02.tpl
Law: Title 36: Parks, Forests, and Public Property

CHAPTER III–CORPS OF ENGINEERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY Webpage

§ 327.14 Public property.
(a) Destruction, injury, defacement, removal or any alteration of public property including, but not limited to, developed facilities, natural formations, mineral deposits, historical and archaeological features, paleontological resources, boundary monumentation or markers and vegetative growth, is prohibited except when in accordance with written permission of the District Commander.
(b) Cutting or gathering of trees or parts of trees and/or the removal of wood from project lands is prohibited without written permission of the District Commander.
(c) Gathering of dead wood on the ground for use in designated recreation areas as firewood is permitted, unless prohibited and posted by the District Commander.
(d) The use of metal detectors is permitted on designated beaches or other previously disturbed areas unless prohibited by the District Commander for reasons of protection of archaeological, historical or paleontological resources. Specific information regarding metal detector policy and designated use areas is available at the Manager’s Office. Items found must be handled in accordance with §§ 327.15 and 327.16 except for non-identifiable items such as coins of value less than $25.

Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Website: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/iac/metal_detecting.html
Law: Metal detecting is a recreational activity that people do to find coins, jewelry, and precious metals. Metal detecting is allowed on BLM lands as long as no artifacts are removed. Artifacts should be left alone and reported to the appropriate Field Office. Avoid all cultural and archeological sites. The Metal Detecting enthusiast may remove some rocks (handful) from areas such as picnic areas, campground areas, and recreational sites. The enthusiasts may remove some rocks as long as there not being removed from another mining claim. Mining claims can be researched on the LR2000 (http://www.blm.gov/lr2000). Enthusiasts are only allowed to make minimal surface disturbance (i.e. removing a couple of stones for memories).

Agency: Bureau of Reclamation
Website: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2008-title43-vol1/pdf/CFR-2008-title43-vol1-sec423-27.pdf
Law: Section 423.29 Natural and Cultural Resources
(f) You must not possess a metal detector or other geophysical discovery device, or use a metal detector or other geophysical discovery techniques to locate or recover subsurface objects or features, except:
(1) When transporting, but not using a metal detector or other geophysical discovery device in a vehicle on a public road as allowed under applicable Federal, state and local law, or:
(2) As allowed by permit issued pursuantto subpart D of this 423.

Agency: National Forests
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/outernet/r9/cnnf/rec/heritage/metal_detectors.html
Law: The Use of Metal Detectors on National Forest Land

The use of metal detectors has become a popular hobby for many people. Here is direction on how or when metal detectors can be used on the Chequamegon-Nicolet.

Metal detector use is allowed in developed campgrounds and picnic areas if they are not specifically closed to such activity. If archaeological remains are known to exist in a campground or picnic area, a closure to metal detecting would be posted. It is permissible to collect coins, but prospecting for gold would be subject to mining laws. However, you should know that agencies have not identified every archaeological site on public lands, so it is possible you may run into such remains that have not yet been discovered. Archaeological remains on federal land, known or unknown, are protected under law. If you were to discover such remains, you should leave them undisburbed, stop metal detecting in that area, and notify the local FS office. I have included the legal citations below for your information.

The Forest Service has conducted numerous projects in conjuntion with metal detectorists and metal detecting clubs through our volunteer archaeological program, Passport In Time (PIT). The cooperation has been fun for both the detectorists and the agency’s archaeologists. Locating archaeological sites becomes a joint endeavor and we learn a lot! You can receive the PIT Traveler, our free newsletter advertising the PIT projects each year, by calling 1-800-281-9176. Look for the ones where we request metal detecting expertise!

Here are the legal citations:
Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR 261.9: “The following are prohibited: (g) digging in, excavating, disturbing, injuring, destroying, or in any way damaging any prehistoric, historic, or archaeological resources, structure, site, artifact, or property. (h) Removing any prehistoric, historic, or archaeological resources, structure, site, artifact, property.”

USDA Forest Service Manual Direction (draft): “Metal Detector Use. Metal detectors may be used on public lands in areas that do not contain or would not reasonably be expected to contain archaeological or historical resources. They must be used, however, for lawful purposes. Any act with a metal detector that violates the proscriptions of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) or any other law is prosecutable. Normally, developed campgrounds, swimming beaches, and other developed recreation sites are open to metal detecting unless there are heritage resources present. In such cases, Forest Supervisors are authorized to close these sites by posting notices in such sites.”

ARPA, 16 U.S.C. 470cc: “No person may excavate, remove, damage, or otherwise alter or deface or attempt to excavate, remove, damage or otherwise alter or deface any archaeological resources located on public lands or Indianlands unless such activity is pursuant to a permit. . .”

For more information, contact Mark Bruhy, Supervisor’s Office, 68 S. Stevens St., Rhinelander, WI 54501, 715-362-1361, or email mbruhy@fs.fed.us.

Agency: National Parks, Monuments, Seashores, Forests, and Public Property
Website:
Law: Title 36 Parks, Forests, and Public Property Website

PART 2—RESOURCE PROTECTION, PUBLIC USE AND RECREATION
§ 2.1 Preservation of natural, cultural and archeological resources. Website Section

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the following is prohibited:
(1) Possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or disturbing from its natural state:
(iii) Nonfossilized and fossilized paleontological specimens, cultural or archeological resources, or the parts thereof.
(iv) A mineral resource or cave formation or the parts thereof.
(3) Tossing, throwing or rolling rocks or other items inside caves or caverns, into valleys, canyons, or caverns, down hillsides or mountainsides, or into thermal features.
(5) Walking on, climbing, entering, ascending, descending, or traversing an archeological or cultural resource, monument, or statue, except in designated areas and under conditions established by the superintendent.
(6) Possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or disturbing a structure or its furnishing or fixtures, or other cultural or archeological resources.
(7) Possessing or using a mineral or metal detector, magnetometer, side scan sonar, other metal detecting device, or subbottom profiler.

This paragraph does not apply to:
(i) A device broken down and stored or packed to prevent its use while in park areas.
(ii) Electronic equipment used primarily for the navigation and safe operation of boats and aircraft.
(iii) Mineral or metal detectors, magnetometers, or subbottom profilers used for authorized scientific, mining, or administrative activities.

Agency: USC : Title 16 – Conservation
16 USC Chapter 1B – Archaeology Resources Protection
Website: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/16/chapter-1B
Law: 16 USC § 470ee – Prohibited acts and criminal penalties website

(a) Unauthorized excavation, removal, damage, alteration, or defacement of archaeological resources. No person may excavate, remove, damage, or otherwise alter or deface, or attempt to excavate, remove, damage, or otherwise alter or deface any archaeological resource located on public lands or Indian lands unless such activity is pursuant to a permit issued under section 470cc of this title, a permit referred to in section 470cc(h)(2) of this title, or the exemption contained in section 470cc(g)(1) of this title.
(b) Trafficking in archaeological resources the excavation or removal of which was wrongful under Federal law No person may sell, purchase, exchange, transport, receive, or offer to sell, purchase, or exchange any archaeological resource if such resource was excavated or removed from public lands or Indian lands in violation of—
(1)the prohibition contained in subsection (a) of this section, or
(2)any provision, rule, regulation, ordinance, or permit in effect under any other provision of Federal law.
(c) Trafficking in interstate or foreign commerce in archaeological resources the excavation, removal, sale, purchase, exchange, transportation or receipt of which was wrongful under State or local law. No person may sell, purchase, exchange, transport, receive, or offer to sell, purchase, or exchange, in interstate or foreign commerce, any archaeological resource excavated, removed, sold, purchased, exchanged, transported, or received in violation of any provision, rule, regulation, ordinance, or permit in effect under State or local law.

Cities and Counties that Require a Metal Detecting Permit or do not Allow Metal Detecting

Metal detecting in Florida follows the ARPA (Archeological Resources Preservation Act).

Go Here to get a better understanding of the ARPA law.

For a more detailed look at the ARPA law at www.cr.nps.gov/local-law/FHPL_AntiAct.pdf

Do you own a metal detector?

If not, and you are interested in purchasing one, don’t spend a lot of money. You can buy a nice detector for between $200 and $350 at metaldetectorscheap.com.

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