Oregon State Regulations

Is Metal Detecting allowed in Oregon State parks?  Yes:

Division 10, General Park Area Rules can be found HERE:

736-010-0040
Visitor Conduct

(8) While many activities are allowed on park property, the following activities are specifically prohibited at park properties, and a person may not engage in:
(d) Using a metal detector or similar device without written permission of the park manager or designated employee at any park property or portion of a park property not listed on the “Detecting Allowed” list, published on the state park website;

Detecting Allowed List can be found HERE:

Parks and Recreation Department, chapter 736 can be found HERE:

736-021-0090
Removal for Personal Use:
Other Collecting Activities:

(11) Metal detecting: A person may use a metal detector or similar device on the ocean shore state recreation area without a written permit from the department in the areas noted in the “Detecting Allowed” list, published on the OPRD website.

736-021-0150
Lost Articles

(1) Under ORS 164.065 and 98.005,a person who finds money or goods with a perceived value of $100 or more at the ocean shore state recreation area must try to find the property’s rightful owner in one of the following ways:

(a) By directly following the provisions established in ORS 98.005; or

(b) By giving the found property to the department within 10 days of finding it, along with the details of the time and place the property was found.

(2) A person who finds money or goods valued at less than $100 in the ocean shore recreation may give the property to the department.

(3) Sections (1) and (2) apply to items found by using metal detectors but not to minerals discovered through recreational prospecting.


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.