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Metal Detecting

Rules & Regulations

  1. Useless detected items must be disposed of properly. Use the available waste cans if possible.

  2. Carry a small plastic sheet as one of your tools. Lay any earth removed from the hole on this sheet for easy return to the hole.

  3. Metal detecting cannot interfere with any other forest preserve activity, planned or unplanned.

  4. Metal detector users must cooperate fully with all forest preserve personnel and all law enforcement officers.

  5. No shrub, tree, or flower may be destroyed when detecting for metal objects

  6. Metal detector users must have their permit on their person when metal hunting. The permit must be shown to forest preserve personnel or law enforcement officers upon request 

  7. Metal detector users must observe all other Forest Preserves of Winnebago County regulations when using any forest preserve grounds.

  8. Metal detecting permits are issued for a period of one calendar year only 

  9. Permits may be revoked by the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County and must be surrendered upon request. 

  10. Golf courses and Macktown Forest Preserve may not be used as metal detecting areas.

  11. Indemnity: Permitee hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County and their agents and employees from and against all claims, damages losses and expenses including attorney fees arising out of or be asserted by or in behalf of any person(s) whomsoever by reason of injury suffered or occasioned to the person or property of such person(s) growing out of said use of said preserve grounds/facilities by said permitees(s), pursuant to this permit.


Resident        Non-Resident

Yearly photo ID pass

$25.00          $35.00


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