Geocaching in the
LaPorte County Parks

What is Geocaching? (according to geocaching.com)

"Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache. As of today, there are 36696 active caches in 152 countries."

If you enjoy searching for them go to Geocaching.com to get more information on where to find them, what you need to use, and many more questions.

Permitted caches at our parks

Park and Cache Name
Coordinates Waypoint

 

Luhr Park
Observe Luhr Park

N. 41 33.408
W. 086 44.133
GC39C2R

Luhr Park
Can you here the "Chirp"?

N. 41 33.332
W. 086 44.001
GC4RHVP

Luhr Park
LUHRed here             

N. 41 33.409
W. 086 44.263
GCJ63H

Luhr Park
Locked Cache              

N 41 33.274
W 086 44.249
GC38HFJ

 

Red Mill Park
Big Blue
N. 41 36.028
W. 086 52.754
GC1QKKD

Red Mill Park
Red Mill Cache

N. 41 36.327
W. 086 52.571

GCAC1F

Red Mill Park
Picture Perfect

N 41 36.263
W. 086 52.715
GC24W77

Red Mill Park
Wired #1- A Shocking Cache

N 41 36.160
W 086 52.728
GC611AG

 

Creek Ridge Park
Creek Ridge Cache 2

N. 41 40.328
W. 086 50.960
GCWR4M

 

Bluhm Park
Crumpacker Tracker Jacker

N. 41 33.169
W. 086 54.725

GCJHHZ

Bluhm Park
Lincoln trail hide

N.41 33.268
W. 086 54.745

GCAHZ6

Bluhm Park
Lincoln trailhead

N.41 33.167
W.086 54.846

GC6AJ0Q

Bluhm Park
Crumpacker Arm

N 41 33.292
W 086 54.493

GC6DT07

Bluhm Park
Don't Forget the Fish food

N 41 33.152
W 086 54.601
GC6DRXN

Bluhm Park
If it were a snake...

N 41 33.270
W 086 54.613
GC6DT22

Bluhm Park
Grove Shelter Micro

N 41 33.078
W W 086 54.916
GC6T5RW

Bluhm Park Tweezers? What do you mean tweezers

N 41 33.102
W 086 55.092
GC6T5QA

 

Menkes Nature Preserve
In Memory of the Menkes Family

N 41 44.250
W 086 36.465

GC4TYAD

 

* Attention * The Parks Department asks that you ask permission to place a cache in our parks because some locations are protected and are not available for caches. Caches need to be approved and permits filled out for each cach. Click here for the permit.

 

Letterboxing in the
LaPorte County Parks

* Attention * The County Parks Department is no longer participating in Letterboxing due to the destruction of our boxes and theft of our stamps.

 

What is letterboxing?

Letterboxing, at its basic, is like a treasure hunt type game. Small boxes are hidden in various locations—usually outdoors, though many are planted indoors as well—and the creator of the box will release clues so others can go out and find them later. The box is expected to have a logbook that finders can log into and a unique stamp, usually hand-carved, that the finder can stamp into their own personal logbook as a record of all the letterboxes they've found. Most letterboxers have a unique stamp to represent themselves, called a signature stamp, they stamp into the logbooks found inside letterboxes so others who find the letterbox later know they found it.

To find local letterboxes outside of the County Parks visit www.atlasquest.com.

What do I need to letterbox?

To start finding boxes, all you need is a clue such as those provided on Atlas Quest. It's also recommended that you have a signature stamp, a logbook, an ink pad, and something to write with. The signature stamp is what you'll stamp into the logbook you find in the letterbox. Many letterboxes contain ink pads, but you should always bring your own since most do not, and even if they do, the ink pad in the box could be frozen solid, dried up, and otherwise incapacitated. Most letterboxers carry several small ink pads with varying colors. Having something to write with is nice so you can write in the logbook the date and perhaps a comment about the weather or experiences in finding the box. And you'll want your own, personal logbook so you can record all your finds with the stamp found in the letterbox.

Many boxes require a compass to find, so a compass should become part of your regular letterboxing kit. You'll find gloves invaluable for those times when you need to reach your hand into deep, dark holes that letterboxes are so frequently found in. Depending on the location and circumstances, you may also want to bring water, snacks, sunglasses, hat, mosquito repellent, cell phone, flashlight, first-aid kit, and anything else that would ensure your safety, comfort, and general well-being.

 

 

 

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