Rooster Rock State Park

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Rooster Rock State Park
Rooster rock from west on I-84 P2528.jpeg
Rooster rock from the west
Rooster Rock State Park is located in Oregon
Rooster Rock State Park
Type Public, state
Location Multnomah County, Oregon
Nearest city Troutdale
Coordinates 45°32′40″N 122°14′09″W / 45.5445639°N 122.2359232°W / 45.5445639; -122.2359232Coordinates: 45°32′40″N 122°14′09″W / 45.5445639°N 122.2359232°W / 45.5445639; -122.2359232[1]
Operated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

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.[2] The name is phallic in origin,[2] specifically, the column's original name was "Cock Rock". The Chinook Jargon word for the rock was iwash, referring to penis.[3] The name was later modified to Rooster Rock so as not to offend the public.[3]

The eastern portion of the park is designated as a clothing-optional beach, the first officially designated clothing-optional beach in the U.S.[4]

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  1. ^ "Rooster Rock State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  2. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-277-1. 
  3. ^ a b Gulick, Bill (2006). Sixty-Four Years as a Writer. Caxton Press. pp. 102–103. ISBN 0-87004-453-2. 
  4. ^ "10 great places to leave the swimsuit at home". USA Today. June 1, 2007. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 

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