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Geocaching is an outdoor activity for GPS users (Global Positioning System). Participating in a cache hunt is an activity designed to take advantage of the features and capabilities of a GPS unit and enjoy the great outdoors. What a geocache is: a cache can be any number of things ranging from a notable land feature, rock outcropping, historical marker, unusual vegetation or simply a destination designed to provide a unique hiking experience along the way.

Geocaching may be allowed on Corps of Engineers property on Lake Lanier in accordance with all state and local, as well as Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 (CFR 36) rules and regulations, as long as the activity is being conducted in a non-obtrusive manner.

Geocaching activities will not be allowed to occur:

In any ecologically or environmentally sensitive area if the cache negatively affects the area around it any way. (e.g., areas with threatened, endangered or listed species, nesting or breeding grounds, or any other sensitive area).

If it disrupts the landscape in any way, specifically, digging, excavation or disruption of the earth.

In archeologically sensitive areas or causes a disruption to any established cultural resource site.

In designated “restricted” areas. See lake map

If it is placed in any area that poses a safety or security risk (e.g., unstable banks or cliffs, or near a dam or electrical switchyard)

In any area restricted for public use during management activities for timber harvest, wildlife management or prescribed burning.

If the cache contains inappropriate articles including, but not limited to: alcohol, tobacco products or any illicit material.

If any other situation or circumstance is determined to be inappropriate or incompatible by the Operations Manager. The Corps of Engineers reserves the right to remove a cache from Federal property at any time, for any reason.


There are several geocaches on Lake Lanier that stay fairly active. Visit geocaching.com to find one.