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.
Where to go geocaching
- Baker Park Reserve
- Bryant Lake Regional Park
- Carver Park Reserve
- Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park
- Cleary Lake Regional Park
- Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
- Crow-Hassan Park Reserve
- Eagle Lake Regional Park
- Elm Creek Park Reserve
- Fish Lake Regional Park
- French Regional Park
- Hyland Lake Park Reserve
- Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
- Lake Rebecca Park Reserve
- Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
- North Mississippi Regional Park
- Silverwood Park
- Sochacki Park
- Spring Lake Regional Park
How to Geocache
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.
Programs and Events
Upcoming geocaching programs and events.
Three Rivers supports geocaching in most of the parks. Geocaching rules have been determined with the help of our Natural Resources division to minimize the impact of the activity on the environment.
Please review the following rules when placing or retrieving caches:
- Geocaching is allowed in regional parks and park reserves within Three Rivers Park District.
- Geocaches must be registered with Three Rivers Park District using the Geocache Site Registration Form.
- Geocaching is not allowed at Noerenberg Gardens or The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park, or on regional trails.
- Placement of geocaches is not allowed at the following facilities within parks: golf courses, campgrounds, reservation picnic areas, creative play areas, or beaches.
- Placement of geocaches is restricted to within 25 feet of a trail center line, and must not involve disturbance of the park environment.
- There is no maximum limit to the number of geocaches placed within a specific park; however, geocaches must not be placed within .25 miles of another geocache.
- Placement of geocaches within maintained landscape plantings is prohibited.
- Geocaches are not to contain items that are offensive, dangerous, or illegal.
- Access to geocaches will be subject to the Park District ordinance including hours of operation, designated trail uses, maintenance standards and natural resources management activities.
- Three Rivers Park District retains the right to remove a cache if determined to be in an inappropriate location, or if it is not registered with the Park District.
More information about geocaching can be found with the Minnesota Geocaching Association.
Other things to do
If you want to get up close and personal or learn a little more, try visiting one of our nature centers. At Eastman, Lowry, or Richardson Nature Centers, you can hike the trails, interact with seasonal exhibits, observe up close the unique characteristics of different wildlife species, conduct your own science experiment and meet a live animal.
Make new memories eating al fresco at a Three Rivers park picnic area in a beautiful, natural setting. All sites have picnic tables, and most sites have other basic amenities including water fountains and permanent grills. Look for a peaceful, serene location or set up just steps from a rip-roaring play area.
Create new memories at our play areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun.