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« on: February 13, 2010, 01:42:34 pm »
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Can you metal detect  on public land, parks etc. in Michigan?

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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2010, 01:55:30 pm »
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will check here

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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2010, 07:41:50 pm »
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In other words whether you will be able to detect on public lands in Michigan is very much up in the air at this point.......So if you think you are going to want to, you need to get involved politically NOW by making your voice known to the powers that be

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2010, 04:14:50 pm »
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The general consensus in MI is one of common sense.

That being, unless specifically prohibited or posted, MI state lands are open to detecting as it is a recognized recreational activity, as long as you are not destroying property or plant life, and are not removing "aboriginal native american" remains and relics.

Now state "parks and recreation areas" are on an individual basis, and you need to check at the park office.
Most parks allow it, but they have specific areas that it IS prohibited.

I would check at a park office if there is one.

City, local, county or municipal parks and recreation areas are the same. Most of them allow it, but you need to check.


Just a word of advice.

I am NOT advocating "Rogue Detecting" here, but if it is open to other recreational activities, and there is nobody "stationed" there, (a city park for example) and it is not posted 'no detecting" I would go ahead and detect as long as you leave it like you found it.

You go asking at city Hall or somewhere, and they will reflexively say "no" and that ruins it.
If somebody SEES you doing, they will see that you are being responsible and will leave you alone.

And private property, well, that's just a no brainer.
Ask permission.

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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2010, 09:03:38 am »
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Spooky is correct.

On State Parks, each on shows what areas of the park are open to detecting.  Which means they are recognizing it as an accepted use of state land.

Keep in mind that finding artifacts that are over a hundred years old, and keeping them is the grey area on state land.

The other thing to be careful of is parts of Lake Superior shoreline has a "National Historic" designation.  I know a guy that was stopped by rangers and gave up what he found.  The rangers were cool, but if they found him again he was told they would prosecute, and take his detector......

Never heard of that actually happening, but......

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