Freshwater Lake Treasure Hunting with a Metal Detector

Fresh water metal detecting at the shoreline.

Fresh water metal detecting at the shoreline.

Headed to a lakefront cottage or summer destination near a freshwater beach? Don’t forget your metal detector! Every vacationer walks the beach—but the SMART detectorist brings his or her metal detector. Many hobbyists say you’ll find MORE treasure along freshwater beaches than the ocean. They say you’ll get more good finds in one day here than any popular ocean beach! Here’s why: popular ocean beaches are hunted every day. But beaches and [boating & swimming areas] on a freshwater lake are rarely detected.

A roped-off swimming area is usually only 30-50 yards wide, so it’s easy to read where the most treasure will be found. Jackpot area: Search right near the shoreline where mothers often sit with kids in the water. Here, you’ll find jewelry– gold, silver and diamond rings.

Advice from Fellow Hobbyists (Friendly Metal Detecting Forum)

Jeff says:  “I detect Southeastern Virginia & Northeastern North Carolina and concentrate on the areas in the water where the people swim and play. I especially like working around piers and platforms that they dive from. Also check out the shallow areas where parents and kids frolick.”

Chris says:  “Most of the time in freshwater lakes, the goodies either sink into the sand where they were dropped or slowly get pushed up to the water’s edge. Concentrate on the swimming area first, but things find their way all over the place.”

Is Your Detector Waterproof?

Before you dip your machine into the water, be sure to check that it is a waterproof model. Some models are only waterproof up to the control box. The last thing you need is to ruin the electronics when you’re just trying to treasure hunt on vacation!

Equipment: All-purpose or Waterproof VLF metal detector:

Very Low Frequency (VLF) Metal Detectors are usually recommended for freshwater hunting. They will easily locate coins, relics, and jewelry. If you want to go shallow-water-hunting, make the sure the specs allow for it. Here is a list of our best-selling water proof freshwater metal detectors.

Short or long-handled sand scoop

Beach scoops are a tremendous help when sifting through sand for treasure. A water scoop is necessary for shallow water metal detecting, as it digs deeper into wet sand. Check out: Sand Scoops for the Beach.

Garrett AT Pro: Underwater Metal Detector to 10 Feet

Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector

Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector – for use on both Land and Underwater

Get ready for summer water metal detecting with the Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector! This unit is widely known as a #1 all-around metal detector; and endorsed by treasure hunters on popular TV detecting shows. But let’s take a look at its underwater capabilities. The Garrett AT Pro metal detector with Garrett waterproof headphones, can be submerged in water to a depth of 10 feet; so it is designed for wading and shallow-water detecting. Water hunters find more gold treasure than their landlocked  counterparts. You can easily detect up to neck deep or even snorkel to find overlooked treasures! This VLF detector offers so many amenities, all while being so easy to use, it is hard to list them all: Standard and professional audio mode, Pro Mode Audio, high-resolution iron discrimination, Digital target ID on 0 to 99 target identification scale, Fast Track ground balance, Iron Audio, and electronic pinpointing, to name a few. The Garrett AT Pro was built for both salt and freshwater treasure hunting—for oceans, lakes, rivers and streams. The intuitive, Hi-Res LCD display screen with easy button interface makes treasure hunting fun and lucrative!

Did you know? We stock all models of Garrett Metal Detectors here at MetalDetector.com including accessories for all current Garrett detectors.