Rooster Rock State Park
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Rooster Rock State Park offers visitors picnicking, wildlife watching, bird watching, boating fishing, windsurfing, swimming , hiking and special events.
Rooster Rock features a large beach, a boat ramp and basin on the Columbia River, a nature trail with exhibits, a clothing optional beach and a group picnic area.
Three miles of sandy beaches bring out the crowds in the summer. One of the largest swimming areas near Portland serves visitors who want a natural experience. It’s even more natural the further east you go at Rooster Rock (where you’ll find one of Oregon’s two designated nude beaches). By design, the nude beach area is completely separate and not visible from the clothing-required area of the large park. The two areas coexist in harmony.
Fall colors blaze at Rooster Rock. For an easy hike, try the 2 mile Volkswalk trail at the east end of the park. The trails will be covered with huge maples and oaks as you take a flat hike above the Columbia River. Blacktail deer, swordgrass and mushrooms grow large in the beautiful forests and meadows along this trail.
Wintertime at Rooster Rock State Park can be challenging, but it’s paradise to those who love life on the edge. Windsurfers know this — they come here when others stay away. When east winds barge down the Columbia Gorge at 25 to 40 mph, windsurfers come out of the woodwork to ride the whitecaps on the Columbia River. Winter wind speeds at Rooster Rock have been measured at 110 mph. In the winter, Rooster Rock becomes the gateway to winter recreation in the Gorge and the Cascades.
Vital stats: a small day use fee or an annual pass is required for use of the park.
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