Massachusettes State Regulations

Is Metal Detecting allowed in Massachusettes State Parks?   YES, by permit

The following can be found HERE:    CMR 304 12.11

(3) No person shall use or offer for use metal detectors on Department property except at the discretion of the Area Supervisor on designated swimming beaches and designated campsites.

(4) The Director may issue a special use permit authorizing archaeologically-related or geologically-related activities.

Other area off limits:

Metal Detectors are prohibited at Quabbin Reservoir Watershed system.  See HERE:

Metal Detectors are prohibited at Wachusetta Reservoir Wastershet as well.  See HERE:


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.