Michigan State Regulations

Is Metal Detecting allowed in Michigan State parks?  YES, each park has designated metal detecting areas.   

You will see the little metal detecting man symbol next to the parks that allow metal detecting. See the listing of parks HERE.  


Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

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.