Geocaching is initiated by an individual hiding a cache, normally a waterproof container with small items inside, then recording the location with a Global Positioning Unit (GPS). The cache may be in a hollow log or under an object. The individual then posts the GPS coordinates, along with a description of the cache on the geocaching website.
Other individuals then try to find the cache. When it is located, they sign a log book, then take or leave a small item. They also post their find on the online log book.
Geocaching Guidelines in Blaine Parks
- Caches must be registered online.
- Unregistered caches will be removed by the City of Blaine.
- Caches must have the name of the cache on the exterior.
- Caches must not be buried.
- Caches must not contain items that are offensive, dangerous, illegal, or perishable.
- The City of Blaine retains the right to remove, or have removed, a cache it feels is in an inappropriate location or is causing undue impact on the natural habitat.
- Caches must be at least 1/10 of a mile (528 feet) apart.
- Caches are not allowed in picnic areas, playground areas, athletic complexes, and beach area.
- Caches must be at least 25 feet away from electrical boxes.
- Geocaching may only occur during normal park hours 5AM - 10PM.
- Geocaching is not allowed in environmentally sensitive areas of park and open space areas, as determined by the City.
- Geocaching is not permitted on private property when entered from a park or open space.
- Accessing private property from public property for hiding or seeking caches is not allowed.
Recommended Geocaching Locations include:
- Hidden Ponds
- Laddie Lake
- Kane Meadows
- Naples Circle
- Open Space South Lake Boulevard
- Trees Edge
- West Lake