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Metal Detecting on National Forest System Lands

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 Fishlake NF.

Metal detector use is allowed in developed campgrounds and picnic areas if they are not specifically closed to such activity.  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. Additional information may be found on the document The Use of Metal Detectors on National Forest Land