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Where can I metal detect in Oregon?

Where can I metal detect in Oregon?

Where can I metal detect?  Areas without a permit:

Metal detecting without a permit is allowed in specific areas of Oregon State Parks and the ocean shores. The list below identifies those sites. The list may change and we encourage you to check this webpage before you head out.

Areas with a permit:

Areas not included on the list may be open to metal detecting with an approved permit. Please contact the park staff to discuss the area and obtain a permit if metal detecting is allowed. Some parks are unstaffed, so to locate the closest park office to the park you're interested in, call 1-800-551-6949, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Oregon Administrative Rules for metal detecting:

OAR 736-010 -0040 Visitor Conduct (8) (d) and (11)

    • The use of metal detectors without a permit is allowed only in areas designated in the list below.
    • All federal and state antiquity laws must be obeyed.
    • Shipwrecks are protected archaeological sites.ORS 358.920
    • If you find an item of possible historic or cultural significance, leave the item where you found it. Please contact park staff.
    • The probing and digging for items is limited to the use of an ice pick, screwdriver or small knife. The use of larger digging tools is prohibited.
    • All turf, dirt, etc. must be left in the original condition after digging.
    • All articles found in state parks having a value of over $100 must be turned over to the Park Manager. 
    • The cutting of vegetation and driving of motor vehicles to the digging site is prohibited.

Coast Sites

Detecting Allowed Without a Permit:

Note: Shipwrecks are protected archaeological sites. ORS 358.920

North Coast

Ocean Shores - excluding Fort Stevens SP Beach area from the vegetation line seaward -- wet sand, open sandy areas. No digging allowed in cliffs.

Mid-Coast

Ocean Shores   Beach area from the vegetation line seaward -- wet sand, open sandy areas. No digging allowed in cliffs.
Munson Creek Falls SNS   Mowed lawn areas and developed picnic sites only
Neskowin Beach SRS   Mowed lawn areas and developed picnic sites only
Gleneden Beach SRS   Mowed lawn areas and developed picnic sites only
Ellmaker Wayside   Mowed lawn areas and developed picnic sites only
Agate Beach SRS   Mowed lawn areas and developed picnic sites only
WB Nelson SRS   Mowed lawn areas and developed picnic sites only
Driftwood Beach   SRS Mowed lawn areas and developed picnic sites only
Gov. Patterson Memorial SRS   Mowed lawn areas and developed picnic sites only

Central Coast

Ocean Shores   Beach area from the vegetation line seaward-- wet sand, open sandy areas.   No digging allowed in cliffs.
Honeyman SP Group Camp   All developed areas
Siltcoos ATV   All developed areas
North Jetty   All developed areas
Elk Creek Tunnel   All developed areas

South Coast

Ocean Shores   - excluding Sunset Bay SP,        Beach area from the vegetation line seaward-- wet sand, open sandy areas. No digging allowed in cliffs.
Cape Arago SP,   Seven Devils SRS,       Beach area from the vegetation line seaward-- wet sand, open sandy areas. No digging allowed in cliffs.
Arizona Beach SRS,   Pistol River SSV,       Beach area from the vegetation line seaward-- wet sand, open sandy areas. No digging allowed in cliffs.
Harris Beach SP       Beach area from the vegetation line seaward-- wet sand, open sandy areas. No digging allowed in cliffs.
Sunset Bay SP       Upland area within closed camping loops
Golden & Silver Falls SNA        Parking lot, picnic area and trail surfaces
Face Rock SSV        All developed areas
Albert Powers        All developed areas
Hoffman Memorial Wayside        All developed areas
Paradise Point SRS       All developed areas
Otter Point SRS       All developed areas
McVay Rock SRS        All developed areas
Winchuck SRS        All developed areas

Portland Area Sites
Detecting Allowed Without a Permit:

Milo McIver SP Riverbend Day-Use Area       Disc golf course and day-use shelters when not in use or occupied
Milo McIver SP Equestrian Lot/Barn field       Area between the gravel road and the main road
Milo McIver SP Viewpoint       Developed area only
Coalca Landing Greenway       Developed area only
Wapato Access       Developed area only
Bonnie Lure SRA      Developed area only

Willamette Valley Sites
Detecting Allowed Without a Permit:

Bald Peak SSV       Developed picnic sites and parking lot area
Lowell SRS       Developed areas. Oak grove and anything west of oak grove prohibited
Jasper SRS       Developed areas. Forested area east of shelters 1, 2, & 3 and east of the paved parking lot in that same area prohibited. Anything west of Shelter #4 near the park entrance is also prohibited.
State Capitol SP       The area that lies between Court St on the south, Center St on the north
and between E. Summer St and W. Summer St. East and West. Summer
Streets are the travel lanes on the mall that flank the State Office buildings.
The Willson Park area is prohibited.

Central Oregon Sites
Detecting Allowed Without a Permit:

North Central

The Cove Palisades SP       Crooked River Day Use Developed day-use areas (turf, swim-beach areas only)
The Cove Palisades SP       Upper Deschutes Day Use Developed day-use areas (turf, swim-beach areas only)
The Cove Palisades SP       Lower Deschutes Day Use Developed day-use areas (turf, swim-beach areas only)
Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint       Turf-area only
Smith Rock SP 
    Main day-use area - turf area only
Dyer State Park      Day-use area - turf area only

High Desert

Cline Falls SSV       Developed areas
Pilot Butte SSV       Green space and old gravel pit area nort of the green space that is on the eastside of the park
LaPine SP       Developed areas of camp loops except occupied campsites

South Central

Joseph Stewart SP       Allowed in closed loops of the developed campground and developed areas in day use area 'A' 

  Eastern Oregon Sites
Detecting Allowed Without a Permit:

North East


Hilgard Junction SP       All mowed lawn areas except occupied campsites
Hat Rock SP       Mowed lawn areas of east side of park, excluding picnic areas A and B if they are reserved
Wallowa Lake SP       Vacant campsites Oct. 1-April 30 and by registered campers only

South East

Clyde Holliday       Developed day-use area

 https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=v.page&id=21

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