Nude Beaches

Mendocino Country

Stony Creek

Rating: C

If you're willing to drive two hours from Clearlake and hike along a shimmering forest stream, you'll be rewarded with three skinny-dipping pools you can sample in a single afternoon. Two of these delightful swimming holes have their own waterfalls. If you look carefully, a third hole can be found below them, down a sunny trail.

 

Legal status:

Mendocino National Forest land within the Snowy Mountain Wilderness.

 

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Spy Rock

Rating: C

You may have canoodled, but have you ever canuded? It's the art of paddling a canoe -- nude or not -- to a nude swimming hole. And it's also a preferred way to reach this Eel River site, along with others that are nearby. Other options include rowing or hiking. This beach, north of Willits is a sandy bank along the Eel River where you can pull your watercraft up on the bank, take off your clothes, and plunge into the invigorating water. Read more »

Round Valley

Rating: C

You may have canoodled, but have you ever canuded? It's the art of paddling a canoe -- nude or not -- to a nude swimming hole. And it's also a preferred way to reach this Eel River site, along with others that are nearby. Other options include rowing or hiking. This beach, north of Willits is a sandy bank along the Eel River where you can pull your watercraft up on the bank, take off your clothes, and plunge into the invigorating water. 


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North Poon Kinny Ridge

Rating: C

A small, sandy beach, mixed with rocks, and cool, deep water make North Poon Kinny a nice stop on your canoe ride along the river, especially if you have an urge to swim and sunbathe while wearing nothing more than your birthday suit.

 

Legal status:

Unknown.

 

How to find it:

Follow directions to Dos Rios. The Eel River hole is about one to two hours north of Poon Kinny Ridge by canoe.


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Eel River

Rating: C

Along the electrifyingly beautiful Eel River, there are at least seven holes used for clothing-optional swimming including this one, which is mainly visited by local residents. It's located on the south fork of the river, near the town of Pillsbury.

 

Legal status:

Part of Mendocino National Forest.

 

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Elsewhere on Big River

To try four other clothing-optional riverbanks on Big River, walk downstream to a series of fun swimming holes.  Some of the spots are "maybe waist deep," says regular visitor Brian.  But with increased winter rains, he reports that "at a few spots, you can even jump into the water." However, due to the rocks in the river, total nudity isn't recommended.  Suggests Bill Johnson, of San Francisco:  "Bring some old shoes you can wear for wading." We call these beaches Two Bends, Three Bends, Five Bends, and Six Bends.

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Boyles Swimming Hole

Rating: C

Also as Dead Man's Hole, Boyles mostly draws suited swimmers to a site that's further up Big River from Lilies Beach and just east of Mendocino Woodlands State Park. But a few skinny-dippers also hike or bike to Boyles, which even has a great rope swing. Take the trail that begins at Lilies. The crowd here is a little noisier and more social than the more laid-back types found at Lilies.Read more »

Gualala River

Rating: C

Are you planning to travel on Highway 1 north of Sea Ranch? If it's not too windy or foggy, then a stop at this little beach, which is used by nudes and prudes alike, may provide the perfect respite. Want to stay longer?  There's a campground nearby. Tip: bring a jacket and windbreak with you in case weather conditions change.

 

Legal status:

Unknown.


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Upper Russian River

Rating: C

If you're frustrated by Sonoma County's harsh anti-nudity laws, then take heart: a quiet, clothing-optional riverbank that's just three miles over the county line in Mendocino County, not far from Cloverdale. Seldom visited and protected from the wind by a canyon, this site off Comminsky Station Road also can't be seen by passing drivers. Says a July 2010 visitor: "it has friendly people, spectacular scenery, and relatively easy access."

 

Legal status:

Unknown.

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