The Washougal River is the best place in the United States for “skinny-dipping,” or swimming in the nude, according to a popular dating website.
MyDatingAdviser.com recently updated its ranking of the 25 best nude beaches in the world. The Washougal River was named the No. 1 spot in the United States and checked in at No. 7 on the international list, behind spots in Croatia, Italy, Australia, Germany, Portugal and Greece.
“If you’re in Portland and want to escape the summer heat, the Washougal River is a great place to perch and picnic on the rocks while swimming amidst fast and flowing streams,” the article stated. “You can jump off the bridge to explore rocky outcrops and the river’s edge. It’s a great nature spot where you can surround yourself with epic mountain ranges. There are lots of swimming options available along this river. During the summer months, you will find many cars parked alongside the scenic Washougal River Road.”
But, before you go, keep in mind that the legality of skinny-dipping in the Washougal River depends on the situation, according to Washougal Police Chief Wendi Steinbronn. City of Washougal municipal code states that “every person who knowingly makes an indecent and public exposure of his or her person is guilty of a misdemeanor.”
“As far as the municipal code goes, it’s pretty broad and open to interpretation,” Steinbronn said. “We would respond to any call where someone complained that someone was nude at Sandy Swimming Hole. Still, the decision to cite someone would have to be based on what the person was doing — if they were exposing themselves for sexual gratification or to shock or annoy people, that is one thing; if they were simply swimming, we’d probably have them cover up.”