Are metal detectors allowed on the beaches in Gulf shores/Orange beach area?
First of all, congratulations on asking a question that isn't already beaten to death on this forum! I know of no prohibition on metal detectors in our area.
annodal --- there are some restrictions according to this site: gulf-shores-travel-guide.com/metal-detecting…
You may want to contact the State Park also to learn if there are any restrictions since you can easily cross into State Park property from the public area.
We frequently see people with metal detectors in the Main public beach area. I asked one fellow if he found lots of treasures. He assured me he mostly does it for exercise and fun.
A few years back my uncle from texas stayed with us in fort morgan and he used his medal detector all up and down the beach and said he never saw such clean beaches ,
And we did see several people doing it a couple weeks back in gulf shores while we were there
Keep in mind that BP "deep cleaned" the public beaches, sifting out a lot of stuff.
Just a sidenote: Last year my wife and I were there in September and staked out our little area under an umbrella on the public beach. I guess the end of the season is on opportune time to do metal detecting, because there were a couple of seasoned old guys combing the sand, up and down. I used to do this when I was young with a entry level model of some sort, so it's still facinating to me; however these people can be a little disconcerting when you are relaxing and they come right up to the edge of your towel - it's like good luck if something falls out of your pocket or bag. They would go up right next to beach towels left briefly while the owners were in the water. I just think there should be some basic etiquete about encroaching on someone's space.
what about dauphin island beeches?
what about restricted areas in the south alabama area?
I just spoke to a employee with the Alabama state park service. He told there is NO metal detecting allowed at any AL state park. I wouldn't even have a detector in my vehicle.
Hope this helps.
From the Alabama State Parks website:
"(4) It shall be unlawful for any person to use any metal detection device in any State Park without permission from the Park manager."
To me, that means you can ask for permission from Mr Ranger and, if he/she says yes, then knock yourself out. I have seen metal detecting going on at State Park beach in GS/OB.
I think the regulation is aimed at historical sites more than beaches.Edited: 07 March 2013, 22:49
We are here at the beach now and the first day nI went to the park ranger's headquarters and asked about metal detecting. they told me there were no restrictions as long as I asked first and made sure to refill my holes. I thanked them promised I would do just that and I would fill in any I found left by other hunters. If you want to hunt then ask permission first, pick up trash that you find and dispose of it properly. Trust me they do watch to see how and what you do. If you are conscientious in hunting and covering your holes you will not have a problem. If you dig and walk away they will stop everyone from hunting.