Geocaching in Cascade River State Park

When we meandered to the northern tip of Minnesota at the end of September, following the North Shore of Lake Superior (as I shared in this post about Grand Portage State Park and this post about Judge C.R. Magney State Park), we also stopped by Cascade River State Park.  This multi-park day trip was motivated by the Minnesota State Park’s “Geocaching Avian Adventure” that began in June 2012 and goes until June 2014.

Waterfalls of the Cascade River ~ Cascade River State Park, MN
Waterfalls of the Cascade River ~ Cascade River State Park, MN

Perhaps you are not familiar with geocaching?  The website geocaching.com is the “go to” resource for people new and old to the hobby of geocaching.  But rather than my trying to explain to you what geocaching is, or how to “go” geocaching, here is a two-minute video put together by geocaching.com that concisely explains this activity enjoyed by so many people:

 

And, now back to our regularly scheduled programming. . .

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

Cascade River State Park has some trails that climb to stunning overlooks of the Sawtooth Mountains (we use the term “mountain” loosely in Minnesota).  The geocaching coordinates took us to a loop that started at the cascading falls, and then turned back to go along the river upstream from the falls.

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

This geocache at Cascade River State Park was the 5th find for my son of the 82 geocaches that make up the “Avian Adventure” — completing the adventure may be a bit ambitious, given our schedules the next couple years, but we will have fun trying when we do have time!

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

Geocaches can be cleverly hidden, and the one in Cascade River State Park did not disappoint.  I will not give away the precise location, though, so the next geocacher can enjoy finding it as much as we did.

Cascade River State Park, Minnesota

Any other geocachers out there?

Ciao! ~ Kat B.

22 thoughts on “Geocaching in Cascade River State Park

    1. travelgardeneat

      At the State Parks in MN they even have GPS devices for people to borrow with periodic info sessions on how to use them. It’s a great activity for all ages and can take you to some interesting spots while traveling as well as right in your home town. ~ Kat

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      1. Clanmother

        I just spoke with one of my son’s friends – he knew what geocaching is all about. In fact, Vancouver has several locations. I would never have known unless we connected. Will keep you posted on the “Vancouver adventure.”

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    1. travelgardeneat

      Sometimes geocachers may leave little trinkets (e.g. pins, marbles, little plastic toy, an interesting rock, really almost anything) and take one in trade that is left in the cache — but the primary reward is simply the fun of finding the cache, or sometimes solving the puzzles that lead to the cache. Once you find the cache, you record your geocaching name (that you use to log in the cache on geocaching.com) in the log book. Next time we go geocaching and find a cache that has different interesting trinkets, I will be sure to take a photo to share! Perhaps I will ask my oldest son to be a guest blogger for that post 🙂 Thanks for your interest, eof. ~ Kat

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  1. The waterfall looks like being in an enchanted place. Beautiful, amazing, peaceful. Just nature unfolding it’s amazing gift image after image. Unforgettable Cascade River State Park. Thanks.

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  2. There are many people around here who geocache, but I have never done it. It sounds like a fun game, especially to do with one’s children.

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    1. It is a great family activity — if you enjoy hiking, can keep kids entertained along the way if you need the distraction. Then as they get older, it is the parents asking — WHERE is this geocache? HOW much further?!? ~ Kat

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