Mail, Email or Bring Permits To:
Washtenaw County Parks
and Recreation Administration Building
2230 Platt Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Geocaching Policy and Guidelines
The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to
support the sport of Geocaching. We also recognize the need to maintain a
safe and aesthetically pleasing park system while protecting the countys
natural resources for residents enjoyment. One purpose of a permit is to enable parks staff to easily know exact locations of caches, so that cache owners can be notified in advance of planned projects like controlled burns, brush cutting, new trail placement, etc. and then cache owners can act to protect their cache.
If you desire to place a cache, or have already done so, in a Washtenaw
County park or preserve, please note that Washtenaw County has developed
guidelines for placement and maintenance of caches. The purpose of the
guidelines is to protect natural areas and the safety of all visitors, as
well as to provide for the future use of county-owned lands by geocachers.
Permits, obtained at no cost, are required to place a cache on county owned
public parks and preserves.
Participants will comply with all guidelines for both the Geocaching.com
and Michigan Geocaching Organization.
Participants will comply with all Washtenaw County
park and preserve
The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to remove any
cache, registered or unregistered, without notification.
Please help maintain our parks and preserves by practicing Cache In,
Trash Out (CITO).
Geocache Seeking Guidelines
Please do not disturb the surrounding environment in any way.
Respect existing trails and do not create any new ones.
Geocache Placement Guidelines
To place a cache in a county park or NAPP preserve, you must be granted a
permit. Permits are free and
may be obtained online, or in person at the Washtenaw County Parks
and Recreation Administration Building, 2230 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI
48108. Forms may be submitted electronically, in person, or
mailed to P.O. Box 8645, Ann Arbor, MI 48107
- Process for placing a cache:
- File permit and obtain permission from WCOARC Director, or his
designee, for the location of the cache. All geocaches must be registered
prior to placement and publication. Due to sensitive areas within our
parks and preserves, the location of the cache is subject to the
approval. Upon receipt of the permit application the cache location(s)
can either be approved or rejected, or require modifications to the
location of the cache.
- Upon approval, the cache can be placed. Place the cache according to
the permit and the geocaching organizations guidelines.
- Register your cache on geocaching.com and submit it for publication.
You will need to provide the cache reviewer with a copy of your approved
permit before the cache will be published.
- Place the cache so people can use the established trails as much as
Think safety! Place your cache in a safe area, thinking about the safety
of the people who will be searching for the cache.
Cache locations must be naturally occurring hiding spots. There can be no
trees cut, pruned or have things attached to them with nails, screws or
other fasteners; holes dug; vegetation removed or planted; nor new items
brought in such as sculptures, boxes, etc. No caches can be placed in
birdhouses, nests or animal dens.
Containers and hiding locations should be chosen wisely to avoid citizen
alarm. Containers must be waterproof or sealable with a size no greater
than 8 x 12 x 18. Clear (see through) containers are preferred. The
use of all pipe, PVC and metal is forbidden.
Caches can remain in place for one year from the date of the approved
permit. After that date, the cache must be removed or re-permitted. This
is done to protect areas from foot traffic.
Parks and Recreation staff must be notified when a cache is removed
Please note that prescribed burns are conducted in County Parks and
Preserves; staff will notify cache owners of planned burns at least
several days in advance of possible burns.
Offensive, illegal or dangerous items are not allowed in any cache.
Caches placed to promote commercial, political, religious or other social
agendas are also not allowed.