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Rooster Rock State Park, Corbett

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Rooster Rock State Park is a state park located east of Corbett, in the U.S. state of Oregon. One of the features of the park is Rooster Rock, a column of basalt forming a natural obelisk, which stands near the south side of the Columbia River Gorge, in the lee of Crown Point. The park is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.The monolith was noted by the explorers Lewis and Clark in their journal as their camping place on November 2, 1805. The name is phallic in origin, specifically, the column's original name was "Cock Rock". The Chinook Jargon word for the rock was iwash, referring to penis. The name was later modified to Rooster Rock so as not to offend the public.The eastern portion of the park is designated as a clothing-optional beach, the first officially designated clothing-optional beach in the U.S. The only other clothing-optional beach in the state is Collins Beach, on Sauvie Island in the Columbia River, north of Portland.
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  • This park is beautiful and has a boat ramp for boat enthusiasts. I suggest you stay at the west part of the park (especially if you have children), because the east end is a nude beach. If you are int...  more »
  • I grew up in the local area and spent a fair about of time in the summer at Rooster Rock, swimming and water skiing. Fun place and still nice after all these years. 
  • Actually just asked to drive inside for pictures and found out it's a very nice park with kayak rentals and would love to return and kayak and picnic in this nice setting. 
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  • Very large parking lot that very close to the beach. We parked here to catch shuttle to Multnomah Falls. The shuttle was clean and drivers were efficient and safe. The parking booth was not staffed, so you have to pay for parking at kiosk. It only takes credit cards. The public bathrooms were also in good order and all around maintenance of park was good.
  • This is a favored past time of mine living in lovely Portland summers. On a hot day you can drive 30 minutes out of the city and enjoy some amazing beach and water time. As a gay local this is known by everyone as an LGBTQ+ friendly nuke beach at it's east end where you can swim across to the island. The park itself isn't anything fantastic but the grounds are kept clean, there's plenty of parting at 5$ for the day and they generally leave you alone on the beach and I never see trash or problems around the area. Also nearby is Multnomah falls, the Vista House overlooking it and plenty of favorite Gorge hikes so it can be tacked on to any number of great adventures for both locals or visitors!
  • Be aware the the East end of the park, about 200 feet East of the parkign area is clothing optional, and you are likely to encounter nude sunbathers and nude hikers. The clothing optional area is a nature preserve, and dogs are not allowed because they disturb the wildlife. The clothing optioonal area extends back about 2 miles and includes Sand Island. Needless to say this park is popular with naturists/nudists. Unfortunately it also attracts a few swingers (persons looking for sex). Having sex in a public place, such as the park, is illegal. Park Rangers will issue tickets for it, and they do regularly patrol. Still I would nhto leve a child unattended in the clothing optional area. The crowd is mostly adults, but you do get the occasional family. Most of the beach areas and trails are flooded during winter months, and trails may remain a bit muddy and/or swampy as late as thye end of July, or may be mostly dry as early as the end of April. usually by the end of July the river drops low enough that you can literally walk out to Sand island, when you may wade through water thigh deep or may just be able to walk across sand all the way. The parking area and West end of the park is a picnic area with views of the Columbia River. The actual rock of Rooster Rock, is on the far Wet end of the park, and is hard to see due to tree growth. It is what is left of the magma core of n old cinder cone whose sides have long since washed away, leaving a phallic protrusion. It was originally called Cock Rock for its phallic resemblance, but when the area became an Oregon State Park, they changed the name from Cock Rock to Rooster Rock, probably with the reasoning that a sooster was sometimes called a cock, and rooster was much more family friendly.
  • A playground for the kids, picnic tables & bbq grills, beautiful scenery of the Colombia River. You can also see Crown Point above. Clean restrooms. The clothing optional part of the beach was clean & relaxed. Shallow for a long way out. We had a lot if fun. The Columbia Gorge Express shuttles on Fri, Sat, Sun go from Rooster Rock to Multnomah falls & it's free. You can also ride it back. Fare only if you're coming from Portland.
  • I came here for the star party. What an amazing event. So many people had their telescopes out and were sharing them. I learned a lot. Would recommend this event for any who is interested in star gazing.