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Geocaching

Geocaching is a great way to explore South Dakota’s state parks. This modern day treasure hunt can lead you to great surprises. 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.

How do I start?

Geocachers hide the geocache and enter the coordinates (latitude and longitude) below. 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.

Outdoor Campuses

Location Latitude Longitude
The Outdoor Campus - East  N 43° 30.179 W 096° 45.379
The Outdoor Campus - West N 42° 05.445 W 103°  17.169
N 44°  05.384 W 103° 17.398

State Parks

Location Latitude Longitude Elevation
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve N 42° 31.116 W 096° 32.255
Custer State Park N 43° 46.176 W 103° 23.786 4,304 ft.
Hugh Glass Lakeside Use Area N45° 44.311 W102°14.507
Indian Creek Recreation Area N 45° 32.245 W 100° 23.500
N 45° 32.284 W 100° 22.945
N 45° 31.224 W 100° 24.173
Lake Louise Recreation Area N 44° 32.397 W 99° 08.286 1,599 ft.
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area N 42° 51.562 W 97° 32.601
N 42° 51.429 W97° 33.134
N 42° 52.008 W 97° 30.831
N 42° 52.257 W 97° 30.636
N 42° 51.962 W 97° 31.409
Little Moreau Recreation Area N45° 20.917 W101°05.083 2,120 ft.
Llewellyn John Recreation Area N45° 46.525 W102°10.643 2,300 ft.
Mina Lake Recreation Area N 45° 28.681 W 98° 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 96° 31.512
N 43° 41.373 W 96° 31.512
Pelican Lake Recreation Area N 44° 51.294 W 97° 12.611
Pickerel Lake Recreation Area N 45° 29.006 W 97° 15.550
N 45° 29.334 W 97° 15.720
N 45° 30.081 W 97° 16.951
Revheim Bay Recreation Area N 45° 31192 W 100° 23.992
Richmond Lake Recreation Area N 45° 32.114 W 98° 37.252
N 45° 31.981 W 98° 37.140 1,401 ft.
Rocky Point Recreation Area N 44° 43.213 W 103° 42.047