Thursday, April 5, 2007

New Oregon State Park - Potential for Clothing Optional Area

Note: Updated and precise directions added at the bottom. Rick

Posted in AANR-NW enEWS (4/5/2007)
Submitted by: Shirley Gauthier-AANR-NW GAT Chair

The journey to acquiring an additional clothing optional area on public lands in Oregon has started out very interesting. An anonymous letter sent to AANR-NW mailing address concerning a new State Park in Tillamook County, Oregon proved to be factual and worthy of research. (If you are the anonymous letter writer please contact Shirley as she promises to keep you anonymous if you wish. We would like to extend our appreciation.)

In researching the information Oregon State Parks Planner Ron Campbell shared that they are indeed working on a master plan for the new State Park named Cougar Valley (Google Maps location here). Among public comments he has received so far a few letters have advocated that they include a clothing optional area. GAT Chair Shirley Gauthier immediately sent a letter including AANR information and copies of our adoption certificate with Rooster Rock State Park and Sauvie Island.

A few days after dialog with the State Parks Planner AANR-NW GAT Chair Shirley Gauthier received a copy of the Bare Spirits Nudes Letter. In the newsletter Bare Spirits President Danny Campbell (no relation to Ron Campbell) mentions his dialog with the State Parks Planner concerning a clothing optional area.

April 4, Shirley Gauthier and Danny Campbell converse on the phone and both agree that they have communicated with the States Park Planner. Shirley is very excited to be working with Ron and the Bare Spirits on this project.

April 5, Shirley wrote to Ron Campbell expressing AANR-Northwest’s commitment to a clothing optional area by requesting to adopt the area should we be successful in obtaining it. Our adoptions at Sauvie Island and Rooster Rock show AANR’s long-term commitment to clothing optional areas on public lands.

We ask that you write to Ron Campbell at the address below. Simply say that you are interested in Cougar Valley State Park including a clothing optional area and that you would like to be added to the Cougar Valley State Park information mailing list. We ask that you do snail mail so that your letter becomes part of the public record.

Oregon State Parks Planner
Ron Campbell
725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301

To contribute or to participate in this project please email AANR-NW GAT Chair Shirley Gauthier at

Note: A more complete address for Ron Campbell is as follows:

Ron Campbell, Master Planning Coordinator
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301-1271

The new park, which was recently named “Cougar Valley State Park” by the State Parks and Recreation Commission, is located about 8 miles up the south fork of the Nehalem River along Lost Creek in Tillamook County.

The proposed clothing optional area is located along Lost Creek. It is secluded, sunny and provides needed respite from cold beach winds.

Directions: From Nehalem, Go south on 101 turning east on Hwy 53, cross the Nehalem River and turn south on Miami Foley County Road. Immediately after crossing the railroad tracks, turn east on Foss Road and follow for 6-1/2 miles; cross the Nehalem River and then turn right on Cook Creek Road (gravel) and follow for 1 mile to the park -- walk around the gate and follow the road, past the cabin and field to the upper park area. This is an undeveloped area - there are presently no services on site.

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