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Hey all,

I just found this forum as I was searching the internet for the answer to this question.  I'm a long time rockhound thanks to my grandfather.  I live in a city in southern Indiana and have recently started walking some of the creeks in the city parks and finding the occasional "treasure."  Fossils, geodes, occasional bottle.  I've not had any issues with law enforcement or anyone but to avoid that I was wondering if anyone had any knowledge of the legality involved?  Is it just a matter of phone call to the City? Does anyone have any experience with this sort of collecting?

thanks!

Bob Harman
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The only advise I might give to you is "know exactly where you are".    If your creek walking takes you onto private property.....either residential or commercial.....you will be trespassing. Some land owners will be lenient while others might make life a bit tough for you.
If you happen to collect into an Indiana state park you also will be illegally collecting as there is no collecting on state park lands. I am not sure about city and county parks so best to call each city or county parks people before each hike.
One interesting note is that in Indiana state parks, picking up "recent artifacts" is legal as this terminology is a euphemism for garbage! Your picking up bottles, to me,  certainly qualifies as "recent artifacts" or garbage.     Good hunting, BOB
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