2021 North Dakota Geocaching Association
11th Annual Camping and Caching Event
June 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2021
Minot, North Dakota
Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual NDGCA Camping and Caching event June 25th through June 27th, 2021 in Minot, North Dakota.
Even though we do not know whether the event will be allowed to happen with COVID-19 still in the wild, we are planning for camping and caching happening this year. Watch this space for the events once published.
North Dakota State Parks
12 Months - 12 Hikes Challenge Event Caches
January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
The North Dakota Park and Recreation Department (NDPRD) has issued a statewide "12 months - 12 Hikes" challenge. To participate, just pick and hike one of the 20 qualifying trails. The trails are located in 12 participating state parks and you have a two-week period each month to complete a hike. You can complete your hikes all in one park or explore any of 12 locations across the state.
The North Dakota GeoCaching Association (NDGCA) would like to help everyone complete the hiking challenge. To do this, we will be hosting an event in a different state park each month so we can get together with other geocachers.
Everyone is welcome, even if you have never found a geocache.
* denotes a planned event date and is subject to change
January 1-15 - First Day Hike
February 14-28 - Sweetheart Hike
- February 21st 1pm Lake Metigoshe State Park (Host: Amy Z. - Gloworm77)
March 14-28 - Wear Green for Parks Hike
- March 20th 11am Fort Ramsom State Park (Host: Carmen S. - WhiskeySowers)
- March 21st 1pm Fort Stevenson State Park (Host: Jim S. - MinotRanger)
April 4-18 - April's Cabin Fever Hike
- April 10th Turtle River State Park (Host: Carmen S. - WhiskeySowers)
- Apr 22-25 Earth Day Hike (Host: Turtle River State Park)
May 9-23 - Mother's Hike
- May 22nd 1pm Lewis & Clark State Park (Host: Angie W. - Jangie)
Bonus May 28-31 - Memorial Walk-A-Thon (Host: TBD)
Bonus 5 June - National Trails Day (Host: TBD)
June 13-27 - Fathers Hike
Event - June 19th 1pm Beaver Lake State Park (Host: Amy Z. - Gloworm77)
July 14-18 - Independence Day Hike
Event - July 17th 1pm Icelandic State Park (Host: Chad T. - Trycacheus)
August 8-22 - Fido's State Park Adventure
Event - August 8th 11am Lake Sakakawea State Park (Host: Amy Z. - Gloworm77)
Bonus September 6th- Labor Day Hike
September 12-26 - Fall Colors Hike
Event - September 12th* Fort Mandan (Host: Jim S. - MinotRanger)
October 10-24 - Haunted Walk
Event - October 16th* Grahams Island State Park (Host: Carmen S. - WhiskeySowers & Chad T. - Trycacheus)
Bonus October 31st - Halloween Hike
November 7-21 - Blaze Orange Hike
Event - November 13th 1pm Cross Ranch State Park (Host: Amy Z. - Gloworm77)
December 12-26 - Holiday Walk
Event - December 12th* Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park (Host: Amy Z. - Gloworm77)
Hands Across the Border Event
June 20, 2020 11:00AM-1:00PM
Maple Picnic Area
Manitoba Women’s Institute Picnic Shelter
International Peace Gardens
The Manitoba Geocaching Association (MBGA), the North Dakota Geocaching Association (NDGCA), and The International Peace Garden invite you to join us in "Hands Across the Border" - a geocaching event linking caching friends in two countries inspired by a challenge issued by the "Hands Across the Border" event between BC and Washington state held earlier this year.
WHEN: SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019 11:00AM to 1:00PM
WHERE: Maple Picnic Area, Manitoba Women’s Institute Picnic Shelter, International Peace Gardens (#14 on the map)
11:00AM - Meet and greet at GZ with activities planned by MBGA and NDGCA
12:00 PM - Lunch - MBGA and NDGCA will supply and bbq hot dogs on a grill, and will provide condiments. Geocachers: please bring a side, a salad or a dessert for a potluck to be shared with the group. (Group photo before lunch?)
Geocachers… please bring: A side/salad/dessert for the PotLuck lunch; your own beverages (There are hand pumps in some picnic areas, and a water refill station at the Interpretive Centre), chairs and/or a blanket to sit on.
In order to make this event as green as possible, we are planning a zero-waste lunch. All participants who are coming for lunch are asked to bring their own re-usable plates and cutlery. Please also bring your beverages and any additional food products in reusable containers as much as possible. Paper napkins (100% recycled content) will be provided, but bringing your own reusable napkins would be preferred. The goal will be to have little or no waste left after lunch is done. Thank you for helping making this an earth-friendly event.
We are hoping to place some international caches for release on the day of the event to enable people to find caches in two countries on the same day without leaving the country… pretty cool! The IPG are also hoping to release some new caches for the summer so there will be caching fun available in The Gardens.
Entry and Return Requirements/Procedures at the United States and Canadian Border Crossings:
Entry fee: $20 per vehicle.
(Per vehicle whether there is one person, or six, still $20 so please car pool, if you can. It will save you money!)
Prior to arriving at the gate entrance to the International Peace Garden, visitors will drive past the USA Port of Entry or the Canadian Port of Entry. You are no longer in either of these two countries. Departing the International Peace Garden, a stop is required at the Port of Entry, of the country you wish to enter. Border Services requires and records identification on all vehicle passengers. A passport (or Nexus card) is the preferred document and expedites the process however, a birth certificate and government issued ID can be used instead of a passport. The International Peace Garden does not mandate the identification requirements. View a map
of the entry location.
Camping is available in the Gardens Campground
, and also in nearby campgrounds (eg Adam’s, Max and Williams Lakes)
There are picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking trails, and bike paths to explore the 2,339 acres that encompass the IPG.
for complete information, updates, and to log your "Will Attend".
2019 North Dakota Geocaching Association
10th Anniversary Camping and Caching
June 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2019
Load up your GPS and camping gear, invite your friends and family to join us for the 10th Anniversary of the North Dakota state wide camping and caching event located in Dickinson, North Dakota. Come for the day or camp for the weekend. This will be an event you don't want to miss.
Friday night starts with a meet and greet, and a campfire (weather permitting). Food to be provided by the NDGCA host group.
Saturday will be filled with games, caching, and prizes. Join us Saturday night for a potluck supper (bring a dish to pass and your own refreshments). Plates, plasticware, and napkins will be provided by NDGCA host group.
Sunday will conclude the weekend fun with a breakfast.
Please post a will attend
The Dickenson Convention and Vistors Bureau has generously agreed to create name tags for our event. The CVB will need your real name, caching name, and hometown for everyone in your group so the tags can be printed and ready to go when you get here. Please include that information in your will attend log or message/email i.Findit
Caching and Camping T-Shirts are available from Logo Magic Inc.
in Dickenson via their online store. T-Shirts and hooded sweatshirts available in both adult and youth sizes. Orders can either be mailed (additional fee applies) or picked at the event when you register. Payment with a credit or debit card is required at the time the order is placed.
Orders must be placed by June 2, 2019.
Event Venue and Camping/Lodging Information
The event will be held at the Patterson Lake Recreation Area
A block of campsites has been reserved at a discounted rate for NDGCA Camping and Caching attendees starting March 1st. Each person/family camping will need to call
to make reservations (no discount is available if reservations are made online) and mention that you are part of the geocaching group. Campers age 60 and older will receive a 50% discount on their camping reservation.
How to access the discounted camping rate:
Call 701-456-2074 during normal business hours and tell them you are part of the geocaching group and request the discounted rate for Patterson Lake Recreation Area.
2019/04/12 - Updated Information:
The rate for water and electricity is $13 per night.
Additional nights (besides Friday and Saturday) will also be at the lower rate.
For non-campers, there is a daily entrance fee of $2.00 per vehicle.
For the non-campers who wish to attend the event, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Microtel by Wyndham under the ND Geocaching Association. The rooms are $75 per night for a double/queen room. To reserve your room(s), please call the hotel directly at 701-456-2000 and state that you want a room from the ND Geocaching Association block. The rates will be honored where possible for your entire stay if you staying longer than just June 21 and 22. The block of rooms will be available until May 21 when any unreserved rooms will be returned to the hotel for use by other guests.
You can check out other nearby hotels and motels
on the Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nearby Attractions and Things To Do
There are many opportunities for new and exciting adventures in and around the Dickinson area. One of them is the Medora Musical
held each summer in historic Medora about 30 miles west of Dickinson off of I-94.
Another attraction in Medora is the pitchfork fondue
. YES!, they actually cook steaks
in huge pots of boiling oil!
A fun attraction near Dickinson is the Enchanted Highway
. A 32 miles stretch of highway located just south of I-94 at Gladstone, ND. An added bonus to geocachers, there are caches hidden at the sculptures along the way.
Schedule of Events
All times listed are in the Mountain Timezone (UTC -7:00)
2019 NDGCA Camping and Caching Meet and Greet
on Friday, June 21st.
Location: Patterson Lake Recreation Area
Coordinates: N46° 51.947 W102° 51.197
5:00PM or earlier- The fun begins. Come on in and find your campsite and set up for the weekend
6:00PM - BBQ served by host cachers
9:30PM - 11:00PM Campfire
2019 NDGCA Camping and Caching X Games
on Saturday, June 22nd.
Location: Pioneer Park
Coordinates: N46° 53.686 W102° 46.850
8:00AM - Registration and Instructions for the event
8:00AM - 6:00PM Caching and games agenda to be announced
6:00PM - 8:30PM Potluck at Pioneer Park
2019 NDGCA Camping and Caching Goodbye Breakfast
on Sunday, June 23rd.
Location: Pioneer Park
Coordinates: N46° 53.686 W102° 46.850
8:00AM - Breakfast at Pioneer Park
11:00AM - Event Ends