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    Collins Beach on Sauvie Island is one of two home beaches for the Oregon Clothing Optional Beach Alliance (ORCOBA). Headed by NAC Areas Representative Don Zirbel and his wife, Peggy, ORCOBA has introduced a number of innovations, including a "yellow flag" program that quietly identifies havens on the beach for safety or information. Members of ORCOBA speak up for values and proper beach etiquette.

    Collins Beach is situated on Sauvie Island, which is stradled by the Columbia River, the Willamette River and the Multnomah Channel, downstream from Portland. The beach and much of the surrounding area is operated by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, which has been supportive of naturist users. The Naturist Action Committee has a history of defending Collins Beach vigorously, but some present beachgoers are unfamiliar with NAC's critical role in preserving the clothing-optional character of the beach. For a good look at the effort it sometimes takes to save a nude beach,
    click here for a NAC White Paper about Collins Beach.

    Rooster Rock State Park is the other home beach for ORCOBA. Located on the Columbia, upstream from Portland, Rooster Rock has enjoyed a rebirth in recent years as a clothing-optional destination. The state made a commitment by agressively grooming the paths and trails to reduce underbrush and open up the area.

    ORCOBA participates in beach cleanups and sponsors local beach events. The Naturist Action Committee works closely with the group, and NAC salutes ORCOBA members for their effectiveness.

    Bagby Hot Springs in Mt. Hood National Forest is a traditional site for clothing-optional soaking. In the summer of 2009, Forest Service enforcement personnel issued a small number of tickets for nudity at the springs. Later, FS managers would concede that those citations would more properly have been given for lewd behavior. However, those same resource managers also began claiming that there had been public complaints concerning nudity at the Bagby soaking facility. Though asked, they have not produced those complaints, however, they have brought to light an old and unenforced directive addressing nudity at Mt. Hood National Forest.

    Official signage at the Bagby site has been confusing and contradictory.

    The Naturist Action Committee has been working with Forest Service personnel to resolve the complaints, the improperly applied citations, the poor signage and the opportunity for user conflict. NAC believes that education and proper signage are among the keys to a proper resolution. Volunteers from the American Association for Nude Recreation and AANR-NW have participated with NAC in this effort.

    A lasting solution has not yet been achieved. Meanwhile, Bagby Hot Springs remains available for clothing-optional use.


    City of Ashland. The city council is presently considreing an expansion of a recently created anti-nudity ordinance. The initially proposed wording is unacceptable. It would not only prevent benign nudity in certain public places, it would prohibit nudity in one's private back yard. The Naturist Action Committee has been representing the interests of naturists by working with council members and the city attorney to achieve a reasonable result.


The Oregon legislature does not meet in scheduled regular session in 2010.

The NAC board member responsible for Oregon is
Don Zirbel.

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