Yes, with some restrictions. Those interested in metal detecting must obtain a metal detecting excavation permit. Permits may be issued under the approval of the Parks and Recreation Director. Permits are limited to a calendar year (i.e. a permit issued in March would expire on December 31). The use of metal detectors is limited to certain parks. Exceptions are allowed in restricted areas to find a specific lost item or to assist with official investigations.
For full guidelines and to fill out a Metal Detecting Excavation Permit, please visit the Joplin Parks and Recreation office at 3301 W. 1st Street, Joplin.