Introducing Kokanee Quest
Kokanee Quest is a real-world treasure hunt for geocaches hidden around Lake Sammamish. Kokanee Quest can be done as a family or on your own and is suitable for all ages. As a participant, you'll learn about Lake Sammamish kokanee as you hike or bike in search of geocaches hidden in places that are important to kokanee. When you see the cache, you might also see some kokanee!
Kokanee Quest is an opportunity get into the great outdoors, have some fun, get fresh air and see the landscape and its wildlife.
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What are kokanee?
The big reason we launched Kokanee Quest was to spread the word that Sammamish kokanee are in trouble and need help. Kokanee are landlocked salmon that live in Lake Sammamish. Kokanee swim up surrounding creeks to reproduce, where their offspring live, grow and continue their cycle of life. Sadly, Sammamish kokanee numbers have been declining for years. Because their future is in danger, fishing for kokanee is prohibited. People and governments are working to restore Sammamish kokanee populations back to health. If you live in the area that drains to Lake Sammamish, please consider learning about kokanee and helping them out by providing good stewardship.
How to get started
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Before you do anything else,
- Download your series passport (pdf) and be sure to stamp it at each cache if you'd like to receive the pathtag prize.
Then, prepare for Kokanee Quest by setting up an account with Geocaching.com, where cache pages with clues and coordinates are published (important: coordinates posted at the top of cache pages are not precise-- you'll need to work through the clues on the cache pages to get exact coordinates). Once on Geocaching.com you can fill out your profile, watch how-to videos, download geocaching apps, learn about geocaching etiquette and start your quest.
To locate geocaches, you'll need a navigational device - a GPS-enabled mobile phone or tablet or a dedicated GPS unit. GPS stands for "global positioning system" and refers to specialized satellites that can work with ground-based receivers to calculate the exact location of any spot on earth.
Once you navigate to a location, you'll search for a hidden container. Note: Geocaches are never buried! If you have trouble finding it, the cache page usually has clues to help you. Once you find the geocache, you sign the physical logbook and then share your experiences on the cache's online page and by posting about it using the hashtag, #KokaneeQuest.
- Get set at Geocaching.com now.
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Where to go
Learn about kokanee
Brief overview of Lake Sammamish kokanee describing the fish and its habitat needs, the problem they face and how you can help them survive and thrive in the Lake Sammamish watershed.
Learn about a plan to establish an Urban Wildlife Area around Lake Sammamish to help connect residents with nature, and to help restore the native kokanee.