Can I legally hunt with my metal detector in Missouri state parks?

Yes, you can — in some specific locations, at least, and as long as you follow the rules.

Metal detecting is allowed only on specific sand beaches in the facilities listed below.

A permit is required. However, this may be obtained free of charge by writing to Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Facility and Visitor Services Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102, or by e-mail ( Please provide them with your name and postal mailing address.

Crowder State Park
Cuivre River State Park
Finger Lakes State Park
Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Lake Wappapello State Park
Lewis and Clark State Park
Long Branch State Park
Pomme de Terre State Park
St. Joe State Park
Stockton State Park
Trail of Tears State Park
Harry S Truman State Park
Wakonda State Park
Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site