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This document is a work in progress. The guidelines presented here are not enforced by or the site administration of If you find a cache in violation of the policies of the appropriate land management agency, please contact the cache owner directly.

General Guidelines
Please become familiar with the guidelines at prior to placement of any geocaches.

Bend Metro Park and Recreation District
No restrictions although we should avoid riparian areas next to the Deschutes River and Tumalo Creek. (bigeddy)

Newberry National Volcanic Monument
The monument is administered by the Deschutes National Forest as a multi-use recreation area and is not restricted like a wilderness. I was told that geocaches are generally permitted. In special areas like Lava River Cave, Lava Cast Forest and Lava Butte we should call the Visitor Center for permission or just avoid the areas. (bigeddy)

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Public Lands
The BLM supports geocaching on most of the land it administers except for specific areas that have been identified as sensitive (such as archaeological sites, caves, stock and wildlife waterers, and endangered species habitat). Its policies are mostly contained in area management plans. For much of Central Oregon the Upper Deschutes Resource Management Plan provides guidance. Many BLM Special Management Areas have restrictions including Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), Research Natural Areas (RNA), Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR), Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) and caves. Of special interest to us are the Badlands WSA (17 cache limit) and Steelhead Falls WSA (3 cache limit).

Note that the Plan defines geocaching as "leaving any items on BLM administered lands for the purposes of posting or advertising the approximate location of those items for others to find." So, the policy by definition includes TerraCaches, letterboxes and similar physical containers but not virtual caches. The Plan implies that if either WSA is designated as a wilderness then caches will be banned.

Another document of interest is this March 2005 memo from the BLM regarding geocaching that expired in 2006 but is the last known general policy and appears to still be in use.

GovBigDawg (aka Gavin Hoban, BLM Recreation Planner) also posts on a regular basis with information regarding seasonal closures of various BLM areas. Click here for a list of his posts.

State Parks
The following information is directly from central oregon state parks management (thanks to logscaler):

Wilderness Areas
The following information is from the local Forest Service wilderness ranger, for the South Sister area (thanks to bigeddy):

Short version: No physical caches in the wilderness

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City of Eugene

POS Geocaching and Letterboxing Policy
June 10, 2013

The City of Eugene’s system of parks and natural areas is intended to provide visitors with safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities. The Parks and Open Space division (POS) actively manages these areas for multiple objectives including recreational use, aesthetic beauty, and protection and restoration of natural resources. The policy outlined herein establishes procedures to facilitate and manage geocaching and letterboxing activities on City of Eugene POS property. This policy applies to both geocaching and letterboxing.

The purpose of this policy is to protect park resources and the safety of all visitors and City staff, while providing reasonable opportunities for geocaching on Eugene public park land.

General Guidelines

Geocache Placement

Prohibited Activities

Cache Containers and Contents

Eugene Parks and Open Space Contact Information

For questions about geocaching on City of Eugene Parks and Open Space property, please call: 541-6824800.

Parks where Geocaching is allowed

See Eugene’s Parks and Open Space Map for park locations.

Acorn Park
Alton Baker Park
Amazon Creek (Fern Ridge Bike Path Corridor)
Amazon Creek Levees Greenhill to Fern Ridge
Amazon Headwaters
Amazon Park
Amazon Parkway (Hilyard- Martin)
Arrowhead Park
Ascot Park
Awbrey Park
Bailey Hill Natural Area
Berkeley Park
Bethel Community Park
Blanton Ridge Natural Area
Bloomberg Natural Area
Bond Lane Park
Bramblewood Park
Brewer Park
Candlelight Park
Charnel Mulligan Park
Chase Commons Park
Country Lane Park
Creekside Park
Crescent Park
Crest Heights Natural Area
Delta Ponds Natural Area
Edgewood Natural Area
Fairmount Park
Ferndale Park
Filbert Meadows Park
Frank Kinney Park
Friendly Park
Garfield Park
Gilbert Park
Gilham Park
Gillespie Butte Natural Area
Gimpl Ridge Natural Area
Glen Oak Natural Area
Golden Gardens Park
Grasshopper Meadow Park
Gudukut Wetland Area
Hawkins Heights Natural Area
Hendricks Park
Hilyard Community Center
Irwin Park
Jefferson Park
Kincaid Park
Lafferty Park
Lark Park
Laurel Hill Valley Park
Laurelwood Natural Area (golf course area off limits)
Lincoln School Park
Lone Oak Park
Mangan Park
Marche Chase Park
Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Maurie Jacobs Park
Melvin Miller Natural Area
Milton Park
Monroe Park
Mt. Baldy Natural Area
Murray Hill Natural Area
North Beltline Floodway
Oakmont Park
Owen Rose Garden Park
Petersen Park
Prefontaine Memorial Site
Rasor Park
Ribbon Trail Natural Area
Richardson Bridge
Roosevelt Waterway Corridor (Maple-Beltline)
Rosetta Place Park
Ruby Park
Santa Clara Community Park Site
Scobert Gardens Park
Shadow Wood Park
Shasta Ballfields
Sheldon Community Center
Sheldon Pool
Sheldon Sports Park
Skinner Butte Natural Area
Skyview Park
Sladden Park
Sorrel Way Natural Area
Spencer Butte Park Natural Area
State Street Park
Striker Field Park
Tandy Turn Park
Terra Linda Park
Trainsong Park
Tugman Park
University Park
Videra Park
Walnut Grove Park
Washburne Park
Washington Park
Washington/Jefferson Park
Wayne Morse Family Farm Park
Wendover Park
West University Park
Westmoreland Park
Wild Iris Ridge Natural Area
Willakenzie Park
Willamette East Bank Park
Willamette West Bank Park
Willis Park

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