Metal Detecting Rules - Spokane Parks

City of Spokane Park Operations

Metal Detecting Rules
(509) 363-5455

NO metal detecting in:
  • Riverfront Park

  • Established flower beds or formal gardens, including:
    • In Manito Park:  Duncan Garden, Rose Hill, Ferris Perennial Garden, Japanese Garden and Lilac Garden
    • In Woldson Park:  Moore Turner Heritage Garden
  • No permit is required; however, metal detecting activity in parks is a privilege that can be revoked if these rules, Park Rules under Section 10.10.040 of Spokane Municipal Code, and other applicable laws and regulations are not followed.

  • Digging or soil disturbance of any nature is not allowed on riverbanks or archeologically sensitive areas.

  • Metal detecting activities cannot interfere with other park use or activities.

  • Only “probes” such as a screwdriver no larger than 3/8” diameter are allowed. Shovels, trowels, plug cutters and knives are not permitted. Metal must be removed with minimal sod disturbance. Sod may not be lifted in any manner. There should be no noticeable impact to park property resulting from metal detecting activity.

  • Trash and scrap metals must be removed and disposed of in an appropriate manner.

Failure to comply with above regulations is a misdemeanor subject to fine.

City of Spokane Valley

Metal Detecting Rules

Park and Recreation Office
CenterPlace Regional Event Center
2426 N. Discovery Place
Spokane Valley, WA   99216
Office Hours: Monday – Friday; 8am – 5pm
Phone: (509)  688-0300     Fax: 509-688-0188
General Department Email:

No permit is required to use a metal detector in the City of Spokane Valley parks. 

The Park and Recreation Office asks that you perform surface detection ONLY.  Do not dig, make holes, disturb the grounds, trees or shrubs

Spokane County Parks

Metal Detecting Rules
(509) 477-4731

A $1 permit
may be purchased at the Spokane County Parks office located inside the County Fairgrounds parking lot at 404 N. Havana, Spokane, WA  99202

The rules and regulations are listed on the back of the permit. 

Washington State Parks

Metal Detecting Rules

Detecting areas vary in each park.
View the above website for a list of parks that allow registered metal detector use.

Before detecting, please contact park staff and refer to the posted informational map.
You may obtain informational maps online at