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Geocaching is a treasure-hunting activity that is commonly done outdoors with a GPS or Global Positioning System receiver. A small container (called a “geocache” or “cache”) is hidden in an outdoor location and coordinates are put into your GPS device to hunt down the treasure.
The treasures are usually a waterproof container or ammo box with a log book inside. The caches may be as small as a film case or as large as a cooler. There are many different types of caches, although the "traditional cache" is most commonly placed for treasure-hunters to find. Many have small toys or trinkets of little value inside, which is the treasure. Typically, the treasure hunter will sign the log book, place an item of theirs inside the container and take out another item to be placed at the next cache location they find. Some, however, contain puzzles that need to be solved before being able to retrieve the treasure. It is sure to be a fun family day when out treasure-hunting in Marinette County.
There are over 5100 geocaches within a 100 mile radius of Marinette County. Over 300 are in the central portion of the county, the Crivitz area (zip code is 54114). We have caches in our county parks, at our waterfalls, along our ATV trails, in Governor Thompson State Park and even along our water trails where some caches are only accessible by boat, canoe or kayak.
By logging on to www.geocaching.com, you can look up your Marinette County zip code to find clues and navigational data that you input into your GPS receiver. This will start you on your adventure. The caches are all listed with difficulty levels and what type of cache you are looking for. Look high and low as the caches may be hung from a tree, placed under a boulder or in any area you would never think of looking. Some are even camouflaged to make them harder to spot. Be sure to have your clues with you. The clues will help you to find the cache and the treasure inside.
Geocaches are currently located all over the United States and in over 100 other countries - even in Antarctica. This is an exceptionally fun family activity as it involves solving the mystery of where the cache is hidden. The whole family will be involved in the search to find the hidden treasure!
Make it a fun drive to Marinette County. Look up caches along your route and treasure-hunt your way to Marinette County.
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