Railroad Right-of-Way
Written by Michigan Geocaching Organization   
Tuesday, 21 September 2010

As it says in the MiGO Mission Statement, "MiGO's goal is to promote the sport of geocaching, an appreciation of the outdoors, and good environmental stewardship, through cooperative efforts with Michigan geocachers and land management officials."

The following are some guidelines regarding cache placement on/near railroad right-of-way.  First and foremost for safety concerns do we make you aware of these, but also that it is illegal in the State of Michigan.



The following is taken from the Groundspeak Cache Listing Requirements / Guidelines:

Off-Limit (Physical) Caches

  • Caches hidden in close proximity to active railroad tracks. In the United States we generally use a distance of 150 ft (46 m) but your local area’s trespassing laws may be different. All local laws apply.


The following is taken from the Michgian Railroad Code:

462.273 Walking, riding, driving, or being upon or along right-of-way or yard; permission required; “right-of-way” defined; being upon, entering, or damaging buildings, rolling stock, or equipment; applicability of section; violation as misdemeanor; penalty.

Sec. 273.

(1) Except in the case of a right-of-way designated as a demonstration snowmobile trail in section 82126 of part 821 (snowmobiles) of the natural resources and environmental protection act, Act No. 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being section 324.82126 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, a person shall not walk, ride, drive, or be upon or along the right-of-way or yard of a railroad company operating its lines within this state, or go upon or cross the right-of-way or yard at a place other than a public or private crossing, unless having first obtained written permission from the owner or occupant railroad, its agent or servant.


The entire section of the Code can be found here:

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