Low Country Treasure Hunters of the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, and the Florida Coastline joined together over 30 years ago founding the Group LMS Metal Detecting. We are located in Murrells Inlet, SC and travel all over the eastern U.S. All of our members share a high standard of ethics to save and preserve the history that was lost, hidden, or just left behind. Our reputation with private land owners, commercial properties, big game hunting clubs, historical societies, and preservation organizations speaks volumes of our dedication to the path of success with working together and recovering what was once lost, or even thought to have happened in a certain location.
If you’re visiting Myrtle Beach and planning to do some metal detecting, please be aware of the rules. The City of Myrtle Beach has passed new guidelines (May 2021) and under the new rules, it is now illegal to dig a hole deeper than two feet on the beach and no holes can be left unfilled. In addition, metal shovels are no longer permitted for digging at the beach. Metal sand scoops are permitted while metal detecting. We have also noticed there has been some confusion about the “area” of Myrtle Beach with vacationers. The City of Myrtle Beach has about 10 miles of shoreline. North Myrtle Beach is not a northern section of Myrtle Beach it is a completely different City with basically the same rules except smoking on the beach is prohibited. Now let’s address the area that some folks call The Grand Strand. The term “The Grand Strand” refers to roughly 60 miles of beach land that extends along the coast of the Carolinas. Metal detecting rules will vary throughout The Grand Strand as listed below.
Metal Detecting is permitted day or night. This does not include the dunes, always stay off the dunes and do not dig near them. City Parks are also off limits.
1. Ocean Isle Beach, NC - Metal Detecting is permitted.
2. Sunset Beach/Bird Island, NC - (southern tip in SC) is part of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve. Metal Detecting is permitted on the beach area only.
3. Cherry Grove Beach, SC - Metal Detecting is permitted.
4. North Myrtle Beach, SC - Metal Detecting is permitted, $100 fine for not filling in any holes left open or digging deeper than two feet on the beach. Smoking is also prohibited.
5. Atlantic Beach, SC - Metal Detecting is permitted.
6. Briarcliffe Acres, SC Beach - Metal Detecting is permitted.
7. Apache Pier, SC Area - Metal Detecting is permitted.
8. Ocean Club Grande Dunes, SC Beach Area (Myrtle Beach) SC access by 82nd Ave North - Metal Detecting is permitted.
9. Myrtle Beach NEW RULES MAY 2021 (inside the city limits) Metal Detecting is permitted, $100 fine for not filling in any holes left open or digging deeper than two feet. New ordinances have recently been passed. Metal shovels are now prohibited, but a metal sand scoop is permitted while metal detecting.
10. Everything south of 82nd Ave North (Myrtle Beach) all the way down to Myrtle Beach State Park, SC - Metal Detecting is permitted. The State Park will permit metal detecting on the beach only.
11. Pirate Land Campground, SC Beach Area and Ocean Lakes Campground, SC Beach Areas - Metal Detecting is permitted on the beach, but you will need to be a guest of the said facility for easy access to the beach. If not a guest you still may lawfully access the beach area only by walking up the beach/coastline from the south end or down the beach/coastline from the north end. You will be trespassing if you exit the beach and enter either campground. This can be quite a long walk, be sure to check a map before doing this.
12. Surfside Beach, SC - Metal Detecting is permitted, and there is a no smoking policy in public areas.
13. Garden City Beach, SC - Metal Detecting is permitted.
14. Huntington Beach State Park, SC - Beach detecting only with special park authorization.
15. Litchfield by the Sea Beach, SC - Metal Detecting is permitted.
16. Pawleys Island, SC - Metal Detecting is permitted. The north end of the Island has a gated community and the beach can be legally accessed by walking up the beach/coastline or if you’re a guest of the community. If you enter the community from the beach you will be trespassing.
Finding available parking at many of these locations can be difficult during peak season. You’ll find early morning and late afternoon will be the best time for finding an open parking place. For more information about public beach accesses, parking locations, restrooms and a lot more we recommend visiting the HorryCounty.org website. You also might want to see the Dhec website with an interactive map showing each access point. For ALL Beach Rules & Regulations like pets, fireworks, alcohol etc. please see HorryCounty.org/About-Our-Beaches
As always, be safe and happy hunting!
JUNE 21, 2022
SEPTEMBER 22, 2022
Beach Hunting Season 33 officially kicks-off on the first day of summer and ends on the last, however many of us just recognize this as the best time of year for beach detecting. Several LMS Group Members live in the Myrtle Beach area and detect regularly throughout the year, and others mainly hunt the beaches when it gets too hot for Relic Hunting. In fact we we sometimes beach hunt at night when there are less people on the beach and the temperatures are a little more forgiving.
Please remember to always follow the Metal Detecting Code of Ethics. Before beginning you should always be aware of the legal requirements for your area, this could involve federal, state, county and/or local legislation. It would be very difficult to list, and keep up to date, with all the legislation for each region in one location, therefore we recommend that if you are unfamiliar with the legislation in your particular area please take the time to learn it.
Our code of ethics for responsible metal detecting is very important to us and is always followed to protect our unspoiled reputation with following federal, state, county and local guidelines. Private landowners should never expect anything less while allowing any metal detectorist on your property. We strongly recommend that each and every member read it, and understand its importance to our future success.
SAND SCOOPS - no deposit required for reserving your dates
Throughout the years we have had a lot of people contact us about sand scoops. It only makes sense that no one wants to invest $175 or more on something they will only use a few days while on vacation. Quality sand scoops are large, bulky, can be cumbersome during travel and as already mentioned quite costly. Furthermore, if you are in the market to purchase a new sand scoop, you have the option to “try before you buy”. LMS Metal Detecting devised a plan to help out folks that like to Metal Detect on the beach and don’t wish to add an expensive sand scoop to their gear arsenal or would like to try the scoop out before investing in one.
After 30 years of Beach Hunting you learn things that make a big difference with your success rate, and let me tell you the time you spend digging for each target can have a major impact on your overall success. Did you know a good beach recovery speed is normally less than one or two minutes from first hearing the target to filling the hole back in? A good quality sand scoop plays a large role in this.
Our Custom Pro-Fortis 2mm thick stainless steel sand scoops are machined stamped using 10 mm hex holes for easy sand release – The size and weight have been engineered perfectly for fast target retrieval in all beach conditions. Length 9'' X Width 6.25' X Height 5" with a lightweight heavy duty fiberglass handle and soft rubber comfort grip. We will deliver the sand scoop right to the resort you are staying at with a minimum two day lease. Long weekend rates and full weekly rates are also available.
New custom Pro-Fortis sand scoops are now available to purchase!
Folks we understand… If you’re new to Metal Detecting or have just been out of the game for several years it can be a little overwhelming with the choices now offered, and not to mention the prices ranges. We cover a lot of information in this area about the gear we use and the most popular choices, some of which are included with tips that just might move you in the right direction for a great day outside Metal Detecting.
A special thank you to the friends we have made throughout our travels. We truly appreciate your support, and we’re so grateful for the trust you’ve placed in us with your property. We sincerely hope you are satisfied with your experience and will recommend us in the future.
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132 Cypress Creek Dr
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Ph: (843) 457-2795