Rooster Rock State Park in Oregon
Rooster Rock State Park sits right along the Columbia River. The park features 2 disc golf courses, picnic areas, boat ramp, hiking trails, and a clothing optional beach.
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Picnic Area & Disc Golf
From the entrance, head to the left to reach a nice picnic area and disc golf course.
At the western end of the park, near the monolith called Rooster Rock, is a boat ramp into a protected lagoon great for paddle boarding, kayaking, and fishing.
The Nude Beach
To get to the clothing optional beach, head to the right after you pass through the entrance. Park towards the eastern end of the lot, near the restroom. From there, follow the trail towards the river. It is a little bit of a walk to reach the beach.
Depending on water levels, the beach can be quite expansive.
Vista House can be seen up on the exposed rock.
The view of the gorge from river level is spectacular.
The Columbia River has always been an important navigational route through the gorge. It still is; boats and barges continuously go up and down the river. And, on good fishing days there can be many boats on the river.
Look closely at the sand and you will see small shells.
Lewis and Clark
The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed Rooster Rock in early November 1805 on their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Then, after wintering at Fort Clatsop, they stayed nearby in April 1806 on their return trip.