Connecticut State Regulations

Is Metal Detecting allowed in Connecticut state parks: YES, some ares may require a permit

The use of Metal Dectors is prohibited in areas marked as Archaeological Preserves.   See information HERE

The SHPO interprets all metal detecting (ground penetrating radar, resistivity, etc.) as archaeological field techniques and as such, warrant coordination with SHPO for an archaeological permit on sites considered to be Archaeological Preserves.  

Archaeological Preserves on DEP Property:

  • Putnam Memorial State Park -  Redding and Bethel  (Designated 1/2001)
  • Axle Shop-Spring Factory Archaeological Site - Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden (designated 2/2001)
  • Quinnebaug River Prehistoric Archaeological District, Canterbury (designated 5/2003)
  • Aunt Polly Houseboat Site - Gillette Castle State Park, Hadlyme (designated 5/2003)
  • Bridgeport Wood Finishing Company - Lover's Leap State Park, New Milford (designated 5/2003)
  • Viaducts on the Air Line State Park Trail - Colchester and East Hampton, (designated 12/2003)
  • Fort Griswold State Park - Groton (designated 10/2006)

Still verifying info below:

STATE OF CONNECTICUT

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

BUREAU OF OUTDOOR RECREATION, STATE PARKS DIVISION

POLICY/PROCEDURE #312                               October 31, 2002 (Revised 3/4/08)

SUBJECT:  METAL DETECTION - COLLECTING GUIDELINES

SECTION INDEX: I.USE OF METAL DETECTION DEVICES

I.USE OF METAL DETECTION DEVICES

The use of metal detection devices is permitted on land under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environmental Protection under the following conditions:

1. The activity shall be limited to surface collection except at beach areas where digging is permitted in sand areas devoid of vegetation.  However no collecting or digging will be allowed in areas of sand dunes adjoining the beach area proper.  Digging must be done by hand with all motorized devices prohibited.  All holes dug must be refilled immediately before the collector leaves the site.

2. The use of metal detection devices will only be permitted when the beach is not being used by the public for other purposes.

3. Persons using a metal detector are required to use a trash apron to store all materials found.  The collector may retain articles found, except items of a personal nature such as jewelry and watches, which must be turned into the manager in charge.  Any material the collector does not wish to retain shall be placed in a waste receptacle.

4. No specific permit is required at this time.

5. Staff may close any area to this activity for purposes of maintaining visitor safety and/or preserving significant artifactual remains.

The use of Metal detectoss is proghibed at the following state park areas:

  • Airline Trail State Park – Colchester
  • Bluff Point State Park - Groton
  • Continental Army Hospital Memorial - West Hartford
  • Dinosaur State Park - Rocky Hill                          
  • Ft. Griswold Battlefield State Park - Groton          
  • Ft. Trumbull State Park – New London                
  • Gay City State Park – Hebron
  • Gillette Castle State Park – East Haddam  (prohibition includes all of the park property adjacent to the CT River.)
  • Industrial Monument – North Canaan
  • Lovers Leap State Park – New Milford
  • Macedonia Brook State Park – Kent
  • Mashamoquet Brook State Park – Pomfret
  • Putnam Memorial State Park - Redding                
  • Southford Falls State Park – Southbury
  • Stoddard Hill Boating Access - Ledyard

FMDAC Disclaimer:  FMDAC assumes no responsibility for any person who knowingly or accidentally violates any state park regulation. Although FMDAC will try to keep this information current we cannot anticipate how each regulation will be interpreted by a specific park department, park employee or other government employee. It is the sole responsibility of each individual to know and obey the regulations of the park or area they are visiting and or metal detecting.