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GEOCACHE PUBLICATION UPDATE - COVID-19 - EFFECTIVE MAY 4, 2020
Greetings fellow geocachers,
We will not be publishing event caches until a order from the Governor of Missouri removes all restrictions.
Geocaches will be published and it will be the responsibility of the geocache owner to determine if it is legal to do so for their area. If it is brought to our attention that the geocache is violating local laws the geocache will be archived.
PREVIOUSLY DISABLED GEOCACHES - NOT PUBLISHED
If your cache has been disabled due to the Governor's order feel free to submit it when that order has been lifted. It will be up to you to determine that for your specific area. We will not come back to you to ask you to resubmit your cache.
If more than one geocacher has claimed the same spot the location will be determined by who has the lowest GC #.
We will continue to monitor COVID-19 information and communication and will continue to revisit which caches we can publish. Our commitment to look at each cache within 7 days of submission has not changed, though it’s possible that something may change between a first look and when a cache is ready for publication.
Thank you for understanding,
Your Friendly Missouri Review Team
We encourage you to find at least 20 geocaches before hiding one. The more variety of geocaches you find, the better you will understand how to create an enjoyable experience for other geocachers. Find additional guidance about hiding caches in our Help Center. For publication, geocaches must follow these guidelines and any applicable Regional Geocaching Policies located on this page.
Contact the Reviewer for your area with questions or information.
Click on the name of the reviewer that you need to contact:
This page contains specific geocaching land management policies for Missouri. Naturally all other Geocaching.com guidelines, including obtaining adequate permission for any geocache placement, apply. This listing is not all-inclusive as some land managers have instituted policies we are not yet aware of or may have amended their posted policies. If you are a land manager with a geocaching policy which should be listed here please send a copy of your policy and contact information to Mongo.
Mark Twain National Forest: ALLOWED
Mark Twain National Forest NATURAL AREAS. NOT ALLOWED.
Corps of Engineers ALLOWED with prior approval of the land manager and permits.
Fort Leonard Wood NOT ALLOWED
Whiteman A.F.B. NOT ALLOWED
Missouri State Agencies
Missouri Department of Conservation - NATURAL AREAS. NOT ALLOWED.
Missouri State Parks: ALLOWED with prior permission of the park manager.
Missouri State Parks Natural Areas: NOT ALLOWED
This list is not every community in Missouri. These are the communities that we are aware of that do have a policy. If you have additional information please help your fellow geocacher out by forwarding that information to Mongo.
The following information is for placing a geocache where a cemetery is located.
- They may not be placed within the interior of the cemetery, or among the graves without the cemetery owner, or the plot owner approval. Owning a plot within the cemetery does not mean you have permission to place a geocache.
- Geocaches may be placed in cemeteries but must be placed around the perimeter respectfully away from any graves, in a maintenance area or an undeveloped area.
- Since it is illegal to enter a cemetery after sunset it is recommended that you use the appropriate attributes on your cache page. Find the Attribute information here. i.e. no 24/7, no recommended at night.
- It is suggested that a picture from different viewing angles be sent along with a Note to Reviewer when submitting a geocache regarding a cemetery. Note: All pictures sent to a reviewer are deleted before the geocache is published.
The following information is for placing a geocache where playground equipment exists.
- Geocaches should not be placed anywhere on playground equipment.
- Geocaches should not be placed where it can be seen from the playground equipment.
- Geocaches should be placed a minimum of 150 feet away from any type of playground equipment.
- It is suggested that a picture from different viewing angles be sent along with a Note to Reviewer when submitting a geocache where playground equipment exists. All pictures sent to a reviewer are deleted before the geocache is published.
Geocaches placed within one hundred (100) feet on each side of the central line of said railroad, including spur lines, are considered to be on property belonging to a railroad. Explicit permission from the railroad company owning the line must be obtained before a geocache will be allowed within that area. Exceptions are generally allowed for geocaches placed in public parks, recreation areas, parking lots, etc., especially where man-made physical barriers are provided between the tracks and the geocache's hiding spot. However, exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis for the given situation and allowance of the placement should not be assumed by the cache owner.
School Grounds and Proximity
We will not publish caches that are on school grounds, or near a school.
- The geocache container must not be closer than 150 feet from any school building, or property.
- Should be placed where the finder cannot be seen by any person within the school. This keeps suspicion from becoming an issue so the police do not get called.
Again, near school grounds and with GPS accuracy only being so good on the best days, most likely a cacher would end up on school grounds regardless. In many counties it is against the law to even be on school grounds unless you have been checked in through the office and have a visitors pass.
Bridges and Guardrails
Geocaches may not be placed on, over or under bridges located on federal roadways, interstate highways, U. S. highways and Missouri highways.
Geocaches generally may be placed on municipal and county road bridges with the following exceptions:
- Over or under federal roads, interstates, U. S. routes and Louisiana state highways.
- Over or under railroads.
- On bridges containing active drawbridges as listed by the Corps of Engineers.
- Bridges located over spillways or part of dams.
Geocaches may be placed on bridges designed for pedestrian use only or former railroad bridges converted to pedestrian trails that pass over interstate or U.S. highways with the following restrictions:
- The geocache must be accessible by a geocacher standing on the surface area designed for foot traffic.
- Ammo cans or PVC pipe containers are not allowed.
- Containers must be clearly labeled as being a geocache and designed where they could not be mistaken as an explosive device.
Guardrail caches are not allowed on interstate highways, controlled access highways or as part of railroad signaling locations.
On U. S. and Missouri highways they must be placed on the portion of the guardrail away from the bridge structure.
For bridge and guardrail geocaches to be published, there must be a location available for a geocacher to park his vehicle completely clear of the roadway and the parking location shall not be in a curve or other visually obstructed area.
Geocachers should understand that all roadway bridges are inspected on a regular basis by government inspectors and any geocache found attached to the bridge structure will probably be removed by the inspectors.
"When you go to hide a geocache, think of the reason you are bringing people to that spot. If the only reason is for the geocache, then find a better spot."briansnat, Charter Member
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.