Geocaching is an outdoor game where participants use GPS receivers to find cleverly hidden caches. A typical cache is a small container with a logbook and possible trinket. Within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, there are many geocaches to hunt down and many places of interest to explore.
East Coon Rapids Dam
9750 Egret Blvd., Coon Rapids MN 55433
Coon Rapids Dam offers a park-designed geocaching program and GPS units available for rental. There is also a series of three Mississippi River Geocaches located within the park.
Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Rd., St. Paul MN 55111
Fort Snelling State Park offers 18 miles of walking/hiking trails, 5 miles of biking trails and a newly developed History Challenge Geocache. Each cache contains history cards, a logbook and other information on geocaching and the park.
Mill Ruins Park District
Questing is not quite geocaching, but still offers a fun way to explore a site of interest by providing clues that reveal stories and paths to new avenues of discovery. The Mill Ruins Park River Quest tells the stories of the Mississippi River – including the St. Anthony Falls, the lock & dam, flour milling, native flora and fauna, and more.
Minnehaha Regional Park
4801 Minnehaha Ave. S, Minneapolis MN 55417
Minnehaha Falls Regional Park offers a great opportunity to search for your next geocache. The park features paved trails for both pedestrians and bicyclists, picnic areas, and concessions.