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Current Coin Status:
Coins in stock at all locations
Pick-Up Locations for Logbooks and Coins
Lake Erie Region
Tom Ridge Environmental Center
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1
Erie, PA 16505
Daily 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Chautauqua County Tourism Bureau
Chautauqua Main Gate, Route 394
Chautauqua, NY 14722
May-October: Tuesday-Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
November-April: Thursday-Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Buffalo/Niagara Falls Region
Visit Buffalo Niagara
617 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Niagara USA Official Visitor Center
10 Rainbow Blvd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
June 1 through Sep. 15: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sep. 16 through May 31: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(note hours are slightly different than are listed in logbook)
Rochester/Central Lake Ontario Region
45 East Avenue, Suite 400
Rochester, NY 14604
Monday through Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wayne County Tourism
9 Pearl Street, Suite 3
Lyons, NY 14489
Monday- Friday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Eastern Lake Ontario Region
Screwy Louie's Sport Shop
596 Main Street
Fair Haven, NY 13064
April 15-Labor Day: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Call 315-947-6348 for off-season hours
Cayuga County Office of Tourism
131 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021
Monday through Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July & August also open Saturdays 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Oswego County Tourism
3rd Floor, County Office Building
46 E. Bridge St.
Oswego, NY 13126
Monday through Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center
(coins for all 5 regions available here)
Corner of Ray & W. Main St.
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
Memorial Day - June: Friday-Sunday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July - Labor Day: Daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Labor Day-Columbus Day: Friday-Sunday, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Administrative Office Hours: Year-Round Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (please call 315-646-1000 in advance if you're planning to stop in during administrative hours when the Discovery Center is closed)
Note: Although The Curious Moon is listed as a pick-up location in the Logbook, they are no longer open.
Thousand Islands/St. Lawrence River Region
1000 Islands International Tourism Council
43373 Collins Landing
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
June through September: Daily 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
October through May: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
St. Lawrence County Chamber
101 Main St.
Canton, NY 13617
Monday through Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Now you can experience the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in a whole new way - Discover Geocaching on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail!
Approximately 75 caches are located along this National Scenic Byway. Find 10 caches in any one region and you can earn a collectable Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail Coin. There are 5 regions which means there are 5 different coins to collect!
1. Pick up your official Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail Logbook at one of the participating locations listed to the right.
2. Go to the Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail page on www.geocaching.com to obtain the coordinates for the caches. Pay attention to the descriptions for each cache as they indicate in which region the cache is found and the punch number for that cache.
3. Go out and find the caches!
4. Each time you find a cache, there will be a uniquely shaped punch in the cache. Punch the corresponding number in your GeoTrail Logbook. Be sure to punch the correct number AND the correct page for the region in which the cache is located. Leave the punch in the cache so others can use it (it is not a trade item)!
5. Once you have found 10 Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail caches in a region (and have the punches to prove it in your Logbook), bring your Logbook to one of the participating locations (again, listed to the right) where they will validate your Logbook and give you the coin for that region. Please note that each location only has the coins for their region available - the exception being the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center which has all 5 coins available. Limit 1 coin per region per person.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
What is the Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail?
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail is a series of geocaches located throughout the Great Lakes Seaway Trail region. The GeoTrail encourages participants to get outside and experience the scenic, natural, historic, and cultural resources of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway.
The 518 mile byway is divided into five regions with approximately 15 caches located within each region. Geocachers finding at least 10 official Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail caches in one region can redeem their passport for a free commemorative GeoTrail Coin for the region. Five hundred coins have been produced for each region and are available while supplies last. Geocachers are invited to collect coins from each region.
Each cache contains a numbered hole punch which corresponds to a numbered space in the punch strip shown along the right side of the page for each region in the Logbook. Once you have punched at least ten spaces on the punch strip, bring your Logbook to one of the partnering community agencies listed for the region to pick up your free collectable geocoin. You will be able to keep your GeoTrail Logbook to continue looking for caches in other regions or simply as a souvenir.
Is there any cost to participate in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail?
No, participation is absolutely free!
Where do I get a Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail Logbook?
Logbooks are available at the locations listed to the right. The Logbook can be used for the entire GeoTrail (it contains all 5 regions).
Where do I find coordinates for the Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail Geocaches?
All of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Geocaches are listed on www.geocaching.com. You will need to create a free account with geocaching.com in order to access the cache listings.
What does each cache look like?
All official Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail caches are contained in surplus military ammo cans marked with the Great Lakes Seaway Trail logo (pictured to the right).
What do the 5 Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail Coins look like?
Each coin has the new Great Lakes Seaway Trail logo on one side. The other side of each coin depicts a site from each region:
Lake Erie Region: Flagship Niagara
Buffalo/NIagara Falls Region: American Falls & Maid of the Mist
Rochester/Central Lake Ontario Region: Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse
Eastern Lake Ontario Region: Fort Ontario
Thousand Islands/St. Lawrence River Region: Ship on the St. Lawrence River
All coins (pictured below) are trackable on geocaching.com.
Where do I collect the Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail Coins?
The coins can be picked up at the same locations as the Logbooks. You must bring your Logbook with you to be validated (remember, you must find at least 10 caches per region). Limit 1 coin per region per person.
Each location only has the coins for their region available, with the exception being the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center which has the coins for all 5 regions available.
What are the 5 regions of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail?
The 5 regions are shown on the map to the right. Each cache listing on geocaching.com will contain information identifying in which region it is located as well as the punch number for that region.
|Special thanks to the following organizations for helping to make the Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail possible. Please click through to visit their sites and learn more about each location along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail as you plan your geocaching adventure.|
|This project was funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Scenic Byways Program of the New York State Department of Transportation and Seaway Trail, Inc.|