Metal Detecting

For those seeking to discover a hidden treasure, metal detecting is allowed with a permit in certain areas in 12 state parks. The activity is allowed only on specific sand beaches at these state parks.

A permit is required and must be obtained for each park where detecting is allowed. The permit is valid for one calendar year. Metal detecting is allowed during daylight hours after Labor Day to Memorial Day, and from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day (unless otherwise posted). 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.