Geocaching, a recreational activity involving the use of a hand-held Global Positioning System, Â will now be allowed in Minnesota state parks and recreation areas, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today.
Guidelines for geocaching and letterboxing in Minnesota state parks were developed in cooperation with representatives from the geocaching community.
“Minnesota statutes state that outdoor recreation activities that do not cause material disturbance to a parkâ€™s natural features or introduce undue artificiality into the natural scene may be permitted,” said Nelson. “Geocaching and letterboxing conform with that definition as long as the caches are placed in locations that donâ€™t negatively impact natural or cultural resources, visitor safety or other park users. The guidelines we have established are in place to inform participants of the criteria that need to be met.”
Groups or individuals who wish to place a cache in any state park can obtain a permit from the park or download a form from the Web. The permit needs to be signed and dated by the park manager where the cache will be placed. Each cache requires its own permit.