Geocaching

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Geocaching (pronounced "geo-cashing") is an outdoor treasure hunt using hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units. The geocachers hide and seek "treasures" which are waterproof containers that typically include a pencil, small notebook to serve as a logbook for finders, and several trinkets like key chains, small toys and buttons.

Geocaching on Game, Fish and Parks Land
  • Geocaches are allowed in some South Dakota State Parks with the permission of the park manager.
  • Geocaches are NOT allowed on state Game Production Areas, Water Access Areas, State Game Refuges and Lakeside Use Areas (all lands managed by the Wildlife Division of the SD Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks).
How do I start?

Geocachers hide the geocache and enter the coordinates (latitude and longitude) on a website. Others download the coordinates, enter them into their GPS units and head out to find the geocache.

What happens when I find a "cache"?

Once the cache is found, the finders enter their names and date into the logbook in the cache. The finders can then take an object from the cache while leaving something of equal or higher value. The finders replace the geocache in the same place where they found it so future geocachers can find it.

What does it look like?

Geocaches can range in size from a small film canister to bigger than a 5-gallon bucket. There are several different versions of geocaching.

Geocache Sites at the outdoor campus'

Location
Latitude
Longitude
The Outdoor Campus - Sioux Falls
N 43° 30.179
W 096° 45.379
The Outdoor Campus - Rapid City
N 42° 05.445
W 103° 17.169
 
N 44° 05.384
W 103° 17.398

Geocache Sites in SD State Parks

Location
Latitude
Longitude
Elevation
Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve
N 42° 31.116'
W 096° 32.255'
Custer State Park
N 43° 46.176'
W 103° 23.786'
4304 ft
Indian Creek Recreation Area
N 45° 31.245'
W 100° 23.500'
 
N 45° 31.284'
W 100° 22.945'
 
N 45° 31.224'
W 100° 24.173'
Lake Louise Recreation Area
N 44° 37.397'
W 099° 08.286'
1,599 ft
Lewis & Clark Recreation Area
N 42° 51.562'
W 097° 32.601'
 
N 42° 51.429'
W 097° 33.134'
 
N 42° 52.008'
W 097° 30.831'
 
N 42° 52.257'
W 097° 30.636'
 
N 42° 51.962'
W 097° 31.409'
Mina Lake Recreation Area
N 45° 28.681'
W 098° 44.954'
1,434 ft
Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
N 44° 34.371'
W 100° 30.206'
 
N 44° 25.332'
W 100° 23.053'
 
N 44° 26.440'
W 100° 23.773'
 
Palisades State Park
N 43° 41.107'
W 096° 31.512'
 
N 43° 41.373'
W 096° 30.942'
Pelican Lake Recreation Area
N 44° 51.294'
W 097° 12.611'
Pickerel LakeRecreation Area
N 45° 29.006'
W 097° 15.550'
 
N 45° 29.334'
W 097° 15.720'
 
N 45° 30.081'
W 097° 16.951'
Revheim Bay Recreation Area
N 45° 31.192'
W 100° 23.992'
Richmond Lake Recreation Area
N 45° 32.114'
W 098° 37.252'
 
N 45° 31.981'
W 098° 37.140'
1,401 ft
Rocky Point Recreation Area
N 44° 43.213'
W 103° 42.047'

Search for Other Geocaches

www.geocaching.com

Ask permission First

Always get permission from private landowners and managers of public properties before hiding a geocache, including in the South Dakota State Parks. Prior permission helps avoid trespassing, damaging fragile environments, and other mix-ups, such as having a bomb squad called to the site.