Metal detectors may be used on Department of Natural Resources land or waters only for locating specific lost
personal items, which must be described in the permit application.
A metal detector permit is issued only to a specific individual or their designee for the recovery of said personal items.
The permit will specify both a reasonably limited search area within the DNR-managed property and a limited time
period between May 1 and October 15 (from either 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. or from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.) when
the detector may be used.
Any proposed metal detecting within recorded archaeological or historic sites requires prior review and approval by
the Departmental Archaeologist.
Any recovered item(s) must be presented and reported to the property office for comparison with the permitted
recovery description. The Property Office will retain all recovered items not belonging to the permittee.
Archaeological and historic materials (i.e., all those 50 years old and older) may not be removed from their locations.
All excavations must be returned to their original conditions.
The Property Manager or authorized Department of Natural Resources representative may terminate this permit by
verbal notification at any time.
The Permittee agrees to reimburse the Department of Natural Resources for any damages to State property resulting
from the Permittee's actions or omissions. The Permittee is subject to all rules and laws regulating conduct on State
Additional restrictions and
description of specific lost personal item(s)
State of Wisconsin Metal Detecting Permit Form.