Metal detecting is allowed with a permit. The collection of historic or prehistoric artifacts from beneath or above the ground or disturbing the ground is not allowed per state law. Please visit our permits page for a PDF permit application.
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Alcohol is permitted at most County Parks and Campgrounds. With the following exceptions:
Dogs are allowed, provided they’re on a leash and under the control of their owner. The exception is at River Forks Park between May 15 and September 15.
Firearms are allowed, but they may not be discharged.
No, fireworks are not allowed due to fire restrictions and risks.
It depends. Check with the Department of State Lands and Bureau of Land Management for the rules.
Hunting is generally not allowed. Park ordinances allow for waterfowl hunting on Galesville Reservoir and Ben Irving Reservoir in designated wildlife areas only. Ben Irving has a designated wildlife area at the west end of the lake. Galesville has a designated wildlife area on the east end of the lake and is also electric motors only (see our facilities for maps of the reservoirs). You are allowed to hunt from a boat and must comply with all applicable Fish and Wildlife regulations pertaining to waterfowl hunting.