Van Duzen Beach

Pub date January 5, 2010
WriterGary Hanauer

Rating: C

Are you tired of coastal fog? Then you might consider taking a quick road trip inland to some 10 clothing-optional swimming holes near the towns of Blue Lake and Willow Creek, where temperatures are often quite toasty. At least 10 clothing-optional swimming holes are located a few miles inland.  Suggestion:  bring drinking water and suntan lotion.  Coming from the coast, the first place to enjoy nude swimming and sunbathing is this beach overlooking the Van Duzen River.  On a weekday, you may be the only person present.

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How to find it:

Take Highway 101 north to Highway 36. From Bridgeville, drive downstream to Goat Rock, then look for the nude beach on a ribbon of sand along the river.

The beach:

Bring water shoes, old sneakers, or flip-flops to wear in the river so you won’t get “rock burn” from the pebbles in the water.

The crowd:

A huge gathering would be 15 people. Most likely, there will be only a few people present.


Beware of rushing, sometimes hazardous water; rocks in the river; needs better directions.