East Texas Metal Detectors

1495 FM 49
Gilmer, Texas 75644
Phone: (903) 734-7773


dot     National Forest and Federal Lands - Metal detecting is NOT allowed. Only by special permit, acquired from the federal government. Each area has a district office.

dot     Corp of Engineer Lakes, Shoreline and Lands - Permission has been granted only on pre-disturbed sites, such as beaches and attached swimming areas. New Corp Lakes and lands must be OK'd by main office of the Army Corp of Engineers. Each area has a district office.

dot     State Parks and Lands - Some State Parks are open to metal detecting, yet some are not! We suggest that you check with the park ranger before attempting to use your detector.

dot     BLM - Bureau of Land Management Lands - Some areas of their lands are open for use of metal detecting and some are not. We suggest that you contact their district office to check.

dot     City or County Park Lands - Most all are open to metal detecting unless notice is given by a sign or city ordinance. This can be checked by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department in the city you wish to use your detector.

dot     Public School Grounds - Most all are open to metal detecting unless notice is given by a sign, city ordinanace, law enforcement, or school employee. You can check with the school office first.

dot     Private Schools, Colleges and Academies - Must acquire permission !!! You can check with their office first. Should be viewed the same as private property.

dot     Privately Owned Lands (Private Property) - Must acquire permission !!! Permission is best gotten from the landowner. Also, it is best to have that permission in writing.

dot     Historically Marked Lands or Sites - Metal Detecting is NOT allowed. This site has already met what is necessary to become historically significant and is marked so to preserve it's history. Must acquire permission from owner in special cases.

Remember, permission is always the best way. Learn proper digging techniques and clean the area of debris so that those that follow may also get permission and won't find the same area CLOSED to metal detecting. Be a good metal detectorist and help those that need your expertise.


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