Metal Detecting

For those seeking to discover a hidden treasure, metal detecting is allowed with a permit in certain areas in 13 state parks. The activity is allowed only on specific sand beaches at these state parks.

A permit is required and authorizes the user to operate a metal detector on the beaches at the listed parks. The permit is valid for the current calendar year. State parks and historic sites protect our natural and cultural history so no object of historical or archaeological value or interest may be removed from a state park. If you find such an object while using a metal detector, please immediately notify park staff.

Metal detecting permits may be obtained free of charge by writing to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Facility and Visitor Services Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or by e-mail to Please include your name and postal mailing address.