Collins Beach (Sauvie Island)

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Collins Beach

Collins Beach is a sandy beach on the Columbia River side of Sauvie Island in Oregon, United States, located north of Portland.

Part of it is a clothing-optional area. The beach is one mile (1.6 km) long and begins about 0.25 miles (400 m) after Reeder Road becomes gravel. Hours are 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day.

The beach has been popular for nude use since at least the 1970s. It is surrounded by a 12,000-acre (49 km2) fish and game reserve, except for a 10-acre (4.0 ha) parcel of privately owned land west of Reeder Road at the north boundary of Collins Beach. Nude beach users continue onto the non-nude North Unit Beach which is poorly delineated and ineffectively screened from view, which has led to a legal complaint by the property owners.[1]

Collins Beach is one of two official clothing-optional beaches in Oregon. The other is Rooster Rock State Park. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in cooperation with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.[2][1]


Father and daughter
Sunbathing at Collins Beach
  1. ^ a b Haselton; Wollheim & Brewer (January 28, 2004). "Oregon Court of Appeals, Glen D. Mark and Teri L. Powers (respondents) v. State of Oregon, Department of Fish and Wildlife; Division of State Lands (appellants), and Naturist Action Committee (intervenor), 96-2019; A114713". Oregon Department of Justice. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Beach Use" (PDF). Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 

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Coordinates: 45°47′35″N 122°47′20″W / 45.793°N 122.789°W / 45.793; -122.789