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Do I need a permit to go rockhounding?

Rockhounding activities are not addressed or authorized by the rules outlined in the Gold and Fish pamphlet. If you will be rockhounding in a way that will use, divert, obstruct, or change the natural flow or bed of any of the salt or fresh waters of the state, you must first obtain an individual HPA from WDFW. If you will be rockhounding in a way that will NOT use, divert, obstruct, or change the natural flow or bed of any of the salt or fresh waters of the state, you do not need an individual HPA from WDFW. However, if you use mineral prospecting equipment while rockhounding, you must follow the requirements in the Gold and Fish pamphlet for using that equipment. Other agencies may require authorization for rockhounding, so be sure to check with them before you begin.

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22nd of February, 2012

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