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Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Geocaching Agreement

Through a partnership between the Michigan DNR and the Michigan Geocaching Organization (MiGO), a partnership has been reached concerning the seeking and placement of geocaches on Michigan DNR land. 


Seeking of caches is open to visitors of all Parks and Recreation managed areas of DNR land.


In State Game or Wildlife Areas
  • Geocaching in State Game or Wildlife Areas is currently forbidden.
In State Park and Recreation Land
  • Physical caches will require a permit.
  • Individual Use Permits may be issued for a period not to exceed one year.
  • The cache placement location, including GPS coordinates, must be stated on the permit and approved by the Unit Supervisor (or the appointed representative) to minimize undesirable impacts to cultural and natural resources as well as minimize hazards to the public.  Permit fees of $35 are waved for members of MiGO.
  • A specific time period, of up to one year, when a cache may be left in place shall be designated to minimize the creation of spur trails. At the end of the designated time period the cache is to be removed or moved and the cache listing archived, or updated to reflect the new coordinates, by the permit holder. The permit holder shall also communicate these changes to the Unit Supervisor. The actual time period the cache is permitted to be in one place will not exceed one year.
  • Caches may not be buried, nor may vegetation, logs, stones, etc. be unnecessarily disturbed when selecting cache locations. Cache containers are to be transparent and have some form of latch or other closure to deter wildlife.
  • Cache containers shall also have some identifying markings or a sticker (available online through MiGO), that identifies the container as a geocache.
  • Staff will be authorized to remove any cache that does not meet these requirements.

Note: In order to get a permit for placing a cache in a State Park, you'll need to go that park's office and and talk with the manager regarding exactly where you wish to place the cache. After getting the blessing from that person, he or she should be able to provide a permit for you to fill out.

Michigan DNR Permit PDF:  PR1138-1

Michigan Geocaching Organization:

(Location) Reviewers:

About This Guide

The local laws and guidelines for geocaching placement vary from place to place. As community reviewers learn geocache placement policies for a certain location, they can add it here. This site may not be a complete or accurate list of land policies. These policies are made by the land owner or manager, they are neither the reviewer’s nor Geocaching HQ’s. This guide is just for reference, if no policies for the area you’re looking for are listed, that doesn't mean no policies exist. You must still obtain permission to place your geocache from the landowner or land manager,comply with all applicable laws, and follow the Geocaching Listing Requirements.

If you have an update, email the community reviewer(s) listed.

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