City of Isanti Geocaching Guidelines
Geocaching is a recreational pursuit that brings together nature and technology. Geocaching is initiated by an individual hiding a cache, normally a waterproof container with trade items and a logbook inside. The location of the cache is recorded with a Global Positioning System (GPS). The individual posts the GPS coordinates along with a description of the cache on the Geocaching Web site, www.geocaching.com. Other individuals then try to find the cache and when it is located, participants sign a logbook, trade an item, and record their find online.
The City of Isanti welcomes responsible geocaching and wants to encourage use of the park system found within the community. The City has developed the following rules and regulations, to ensure the safety and welfare of park uses and geocachers.
1. Caches must be registered and approved by the City of Isanti prior to placement of the cache. The appropriate application with required information must be completed and returned to the City.
2. When hiding, finding, or trading items in a geocache, individuals are subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Geocachers shall observe park hours, which are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
3. Caches shall not contain items that are considered offensive, dangerous, or illegal.
4. Caches are not permitted in reservation picnic areas or play equipment areas.
5. Caches shall not be buried.
6. Hiding or finding a geocache should never alter, damage, or otherwise negatively impact the parks, trails, or surrounding areas. Geocaching should never interfere with or detract from other park visitor’s experiences.
7. Geocaches shall be at least 1/10 of a mile or 528 feet from another geocache.
8. The owner of the geocache is responsible for the upkeep of relevant information about the park and area in which the geocache is located.
9. Unregistered geocaches will be removed by the City of Isanti. The City reserves the right to remove caches that are causing undue impact upon the park and/or other park visitors.
If there are questions or concerns regarding this policy or the application process, please contact Lisa M. Krause, City Planner at (763) 444-5512 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to learn more about geocaching, please visit the Minnesota Geocaching Association at http://www.mngca.org.