Looking for a fun way to exercise both mind and body? Try geocaching (JEE-oh-cash-ing), an outdoor activity that combines hiking with a tech-aided treasure hunt. The name derives from a mashup of “geography” and “cache,” and the game itself transcends territorial, political, gender and age boundaries.

Instead of a parchment map where X marks the spot, you use an app on a smartphone and your powers of observation. Instead of hunting for a buried chest, you're looking for a cache hidden in an eco-friendly site above ground.

 In and around the Oconomowoc area there are dozens of Geocaches available to find. After following directions on how to find a Geocache, just put in your zip code and you’ll find the closest Geocaches to your location.

Get Started

1. Open the app

Download and open the Geocaching® app to see geocaches near you. Then, select a geocache to find!

2. Navigate to the geocache

Once you select a cache, go outside, and use the app to navigate to it. And don’t forget to bring a pen so you can sign the logbook inside the geocache.

3. Look for the geocache

Once you navigate to the location, look at the recent activity and the hint for clues. Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes!

4. Find and log the geocache

Sign your username in the geocache’s logbook and place the geocache back where you found it. Log your find in the app or on to see your find count increase!

 Use these handy resources to learn more as you set out on your Geocaching adventure!

How to Get Started Geocaching