Metal Detectors

Metal Detecting in Onondaga County Parks

Metal detectors are welcome in Onondaga County Parks. Permits are required at all applicable parks and are available free of charge.

Metal detecting is only allowed in public areas and may be prohibited in areas such as reserved shelters, sport fields, etc. The permit/park will have more details.

Removal of detected objects must be confined to small items such as coins or jewelry which can be removed with the point of a small hand trowel, knife or similar tool.  Any holes that are dug must be refilled, regardless of size or location.

Permits must be carried at all times when using device on park property.  Permit holder should be prepared to show his/her permit when requested by park rangers or park employees.

Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery*
Check in at office. Certain areas are restricted.

Highland Forest*
Check in at office. Special Use Permit required.

Jamesville Beach Park*
Check in at office. Special Use Permit required. 

Not allowed on beach area during beach season.

Oneida Shores Park
Check in at office. Special Use Permit required. 

Metal detecting is only allowed in areas of the park open to the general public (this does not include reserve use or service/maintenance areas) during standard park hours of dawn to dusk.

Metal detectors are not to be used in campground area, sports courts or ball fields.

Onondaga Lake Park (includes Long Branch Park)
Check in at office. Special Use Permit required.

Permit is valid for one year. Requires Driver's license or similar document.

Digging prohibited in certain areas: athletic fields, playgrounds, and during special events

Click here to download Onondaga Lake Park Permit. Please note: This permit is for Onondaga Lake Park/Long Branch Park ONLY. All applicants are still required to go the Onondaga Lake Park Office (Griffin Visitor Center) to show their ID and for the park to validate. For details call (315) 453-6712 or email

Pratt’s Falls Park*
Check in at the Highland Forest office. Special Use Permit required

*Users can get one permit to cover these parks at Highland Forest.

Metal detecting is NOT permitted at Beaver Lake Nature Center, Hopkins Road Park, NBT Bank Stadium, Rosamond Gifford Zoo or at the Cemeteries.

Coin Photo: ©

During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.

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