Monday, February 20, 2012

Geocaching with a twist at Washington's Cama Beach State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is inviting the public to participate in a geocache about the history of Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island.

LeRoy's Park multi-cache provides interpretation of historical events that took place in the area that is now Cama Beach State Park. Participants will search for the four-part multi-cache, with the first three caches leading to the final cache location. The geocache includes interpretation of the 1905 logging camp and 1934 fishing resort relics that are still found in the park today. Cama Beach State Park is located at 1880 S.W. Camano Drive, Camano Island.

Geocaching is an outdoor scavenger hunt that uses Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)-enabled devices to locate hidden containers, called geocaches. A geocache is placed at a set of defined coordinates, called a waypoint, which is a physical location participants can locate using GPS navigation technology on a smart phone or other capable device. Geocaching combines modern navigation technology with the outdoors for a family-friendly game for all ages. For details on the LeRoy's Park multi-cache, visit www.geocaching.com and enter the describing number GC3BGCQ.

To establish a geocache in a state park, written permission from State Parks is required prior to placement. For rules about placing geocaches in state parks, please visit http://www.parks.wa.gov/activities. Participating in an established geocache does not require written permission. Geocaching opportunities are available in state parks across Washington.

Cama Beach State Park is a 433-acre historic fishing resort with more than 6,000 feet of rocky beach. The park provides sweeping views of Saratoga Passage, Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountain Range. The area now known as Cama Beach State Park was used for centuries by Native Americans for fishing and hunting. It was later developed into a fishing resort, popular with families for more than 50 years.

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