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How to geocahe at State Parks

Posted: May 24, 2013 - 3:01pm

How to geocache at State Parks

The Minnesota DNR offers the following tips on geocaching at Minnesota state parks. For more information, go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/geocaching/index.html.

Get the cache coordinates

Log onto a website to get a list of waypoints or coordinates that pinpoint where caches are hidden. These coordinates can be entered on a handheld GPS unit.

Locate the cache

Use a GPS unit to see your location in relation to the hidden cache, and follow the signal toward the cache.

Take or leave treasure

A cache is usually inside a waterproof container of some sort, like a water bottle or an ammo can.

Share your own geocaching photos.

There may be a logbook inside to sign, and often there are little trinkets left by previous players. Food is not allowed inside geocache containers. Geocachers remove the loot and replace it with other cool stuff for future geocachers to find.

Visit geocaching.com to log your finds and share messages about your geocaching experiences.

What you will need

• GPS unit (free loaners available at 25 demo state parks).

• Cache coordinates.

• Boots or sturdy footwear for hiking.

Sunscreen and hat.

Insect repellent.

Park map.

Water bottle.

Geocaching rules and ethics

When geocaching, always try to tread lightly on the land to minimize the impact of activity on the environment. Any caches in Minnesota state parks or on state trails have been placed above the ground, and in relatively well-traveled areas.

Never remove a cache or relocate it even a little bit. Leave the cache exactly how you found it so others can have the fun of finding it, too.

Observe all laws and respect property rights.

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