Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure. This activity involves placing or looking for a cache using global positioning system (GPS) equipment.
The treasure hunt is initiated when an individual hides a cache—normally a waterproof container with small items inside—and records its location with a GPS unit. That person then posts the GPS coordinates and a description of the cache on the official geocaching website. Other participants, called geocachers, will try to find the cache using the coordinates. When a cache is found, the geocacher signs a logbook, then takes an item from the cache and leaves a new one for others.
Please review the geocaching guidelines for Three Rivers Parks. These rules have been determined with the help of our Natural Resources division to minimize the impact of the activity on the environment. More information about this activity can be found with the
Minnesota Geocaching Association.
Please note: GPS units are available to the public at select parks only. Please see the Rental Equipment page for more information. If you would like to try geocaching in our other parks, search for a program with Three Rivers, or talk to our Outdoor Recreation School about a group program.
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