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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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  • I've been reading the reviews and am astounded by the number of people who are shocked that they might run into a nude person when at the east end of the beach. There's a large sign (half the size of ...  more »
  • Rooster Rock State Park includes two stretches of beach on the Columbia River: down-river, a traditionally suited beach and up-river, an officially sanctioned nude beach, with one end understood to be...  more »
  • My wife and I have been to Rooster Rock's clothing optional beach several times over the past 3 years. As noted, there is a gay men's section on the eastern most part of the slough. (I've never seen i...  more »
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  • Be advised if you don't have an Oregon Park Pass, you will have to pay at the pay station at the entrance or risk getting cited. If you regularly travel to Oregon State parks however, the yearly pass is a good value. This place is a wetland preserve as well as a park. Great to walk in but be advised, the east end of the park is clothing optional. Even though it is posted, the signs are small and easy to miss. The primary visitors in the clothing optional area are gay men. Although not exclusively. Access to the river can sometimes be difficult until the river levels drop enough for things to dry out. Here in 2017, there are many areas just becoming reachable at the end of July.
  • So the beech is actually a clothing optional beach, on the trail down there I have the kids do there best to keep their heads down and eyes on the trail. There's always a couple old weirdo type guys with there junk flopping around that we have to pass on the trail out to the beach, I just don't understand how the absolute nicest beach around has to be clothing optional but it is, and I don't want the kids to miss out on such an awesome place so we push through, once you get out there it's huge and there's plenty of room to be away from the nakeds, the sand kinda goes up and down to form kid friendly pools that get washed out daily by the rise and fall of the water level, have fun bring lots of water!
  • This park has beautiful views and when accessible the beaches are wonderful. The clothing optional area has beach access, but at times includes some extremely creepy males who like to stay fully clothed and sit near lone or groups of women and stare. Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Beautiful riverside park on the Columbia Gorge that is really close to Portland. Bring your boat if you want to hit the river from here. Also has a big dog play area.
  • Good walk on soft sand to the clothing optional beach. Not very crowded. No pets allowed even on leash so we won't be back. RogerTheTherapyDog knows when he's not welcome.

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