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Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting activity that is growing in popularity, and is permitted in select Will County forest preserves.

Geocaching Regulations and Permitting

Placement of a geocache requires a permit, which may be obtained by completing and submitting the Geocaching Permit Application, or by visiting the Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. Any non-permitted geocaches will be removed by Forest Preserve staff and will become property of the Forest Preserve District.

All requests for geocache placement permits will be reviewed to determine whether the request would negatively impact the health of the preserve or safety of its users. The applicant will be notified within one week of the Forest Preserve's decision.

A geocache must be placed in a clear, waterproof container that is no greater than 4"x8"x12" in size. All geocache containers must be labeled with the our "Geocache" label provided upon permit issuance, and the label must be clearly visible from the outside of the container. Geocaches must not contain food or offensive or hazardous materials. They may not be buried or attached to vegetation or structures. Vegetation or natural features may not be disturbed in any manner upon placement of a geocache.

Geocache permits are valid from the date of issuance until March 31 of the following year. Geocaches must be removed by the permittee by the permit expiration date. Geocaches not removed by this date will become the property of the Forest Preserve District. Geocaches may be inadvertently mowed, burned, or destroyed by District staff conducting management activities in the preserves. The Forest Preserve District will not be liable for lost or damaged geocaches. Geocache owners are expected to monitor the approved geocache location every 2 months to ensure that the geocache remains at the approved location and that its contents are intact.

Use of the preserves before or after seasonal preserve hours is prohibited. Please use designated trails when placing or searching for a geocache.

Additional regulations apply. For more information, download the District's General Use Ordinance No. 124 or call 815.727.8700.

Geocaching Locations

Geocaches may only be placed in select locations within the preserves listed below. Locations are subject to Forest Preserve staff review as part of the permitting process.

You can enjoy this activity at the following locations:

Evans-Judge Preserve (Wilmington)
Forked Creek Preserve - Forsythe Woods (Wilmington)
Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve (Beecher)
Hammel Woods - Crumby Recreation Area (Shorewood)
Hammel Woods - DuPage River Access (Shorewood)
Hammel Woods - Route 59 Access (Shorewood)
Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access (Mokena)
Hunters Woods (Frankfort)
Isle a la Cache (Romeoville)
Lake Renwick Preserve - Turtle Lake Access (Plainfield)
Lambs Woods (Lockport)
Laughton Preserve (Manhattan)
Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access (Joliet)
McKinley Woods - Frederick's Grove (Channahon)
McKinley Woods - Kerry Sheridan Grove (Channahon)
Messenger Marsh (Homer Glen)
Monee Reservoir (Monee)
Rock Run Preserve - Black Road Access (Joliet)
Runyon Preserve (Lockport)
Sugar Creek Preserve (Joliet)
Theodore Marsh (Crest Hill)
Veterans Woods - Roy F. Hassert Grove (Romeoville)
Veterans Woods - Traders Corner (Romeoville)
Whalon Lake (Naperville)
Visitor Centers
Isle a la Cache Museum (Romeoville)
Monee Reservoir Visitor Center (Monee)
Plum Creek Nature Center (Beecher)
Sugar Creek Administration Center (Joliet)
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