The Minocqua area is the perfect place to visit for your next treasure-hunting adventure. A variety of local caches will lead you to walk through pristine woodlands, bike remote trails, canoe to quiet islands or visit historic locations that hold great stories.
For those who are new to the sport, geocaching is a world-wide outdoor treasure hunting game, using a hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to hide and seek small waterproof containers that hold logbooks and small trinkets.
Geocaching is the perfect way to explore some of the area’s most fascinating and beautiful destinations.
A favorite local cache, “Big Arb Ruins,” leads you on a beautiful walk to a peninsula of Big Arbor Vitae Lake. The peninsula was once home to several vacation cottages. Now, cement foundations and a rock stairway to the lake are all that remain.
Another cache, “Eagle’s Nest,” will require a boat or kayak to reach an island for an up-close view of a nest, while “Hemlock Dreams” takes you through an old-growth hemlock forest in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and “1888 Was a Good Year” leads to a century-old railroad shed located on the Bearskin Trail.
An altogether different adventure, “The Goat Ladies Home,” leads you to uncover the history of the infamous Selma Wikkins, a local squatter who lived under a small bridge with her 20 goats in the 1930s.
To search for more interesting Minocqua-area sites, visit Geocaching.com and enter 54548 as the zip code.
This exciting hunt was recently created as a joint effort between the Boulder Junction, St. Germain and Rhinelander chambers. The hunt is available for both experienced geocachers and those who are new to the sport. Organizers created 18 new area caches, which are detailed on the treasure hunt web site, along with a downloadable CacheCard to help track your finds.