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LaSalle's Surprise

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Hidden : 7/13/2002
In Wisconsin, United States
3 out of 5
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Storm driven and without food in October 1679, Robert La Salle with fourteen men, on a voyage to explore the interior of America, landed at this place. Expecting hostile indians he erected a barricade, but instead of war they brought provisions and saved his life.

We have been taking the short-cut between Algoma and Sturgeon Bay on County S for years when traveling to Door County.

A few miles past Algoma is this sign, which has always given us a good laugh. However we had never ventured off of Cty S to see where this other Sturgeon Bay was. On our last trip we decided to be adventurous and take the path less traveled.


Making the right turn onto County U, while not as direct as continuing straight on Cty S, is very scenic, following the shore line for much of the route. The best feature was when we discovered a county park just across the Door County line that we had never known of! This may be the southern most cache in Door County. The park has two sections; upper and lower. They are connected by a steep stairway. On the upper level you will find a plaque marking the place where a desperate Robert La Salle landed his stricken boat, and was greatly surprised by a tribe of Indians that came to his rescue when he was expecting them to attack.

At the bottom of the plaque is the year that the monument was erected. This year is the offset to the actual cache. The first digit of the year is a 1 which could easily be guessed, so we will ignore it. Do the math as shown to obtain the co-ordinates of the cache:

Year = 1XXX

  N 44° 41.(XXX - 523)
  W 87° 21.(XXX - 109)

Have fun, and enjoy the park! The lower area has a nice beach. You can park at either the upper or lower areas, but note that for some odd reason, the two areas have different parking hours:

  Upper: 5AM - 11PM
  Lower: 6AM - 9PM

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Last Updated: on 9/10/2017 6:20:27 PM Pacific Daylight Time (1:20 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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