Can I use a metal detector, collect fossils, or go rockhounding
on Federal lands?
Using metal detectors and collecting fossils or rocks (rockhounding)
is prohibited in many recreation sites, especially National Parks
and Civil War battlefields. Laws vary among sites managed by different federal, state, and local agencies as well.
To determine the exact requirements before using a metal detector or
collecting fossils/rocks at a recreation site, please use the phone numbers,
addresses, and/or e-mail addresses and Web links (URL's) provided in
Recreation.gov to contact the managers at that site directly.
Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia
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