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Friday, August 24, 2012

Not Invited to Sauvie Island's Nude Beach: Barbed Wire

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Ah, Collins Beach on Sauvie Island. One of only two clothing-optional beaches in Oregon, in the summer Collins beach is always full of old dudes and their tiny dogs and... barbed wire?

The state put up barbed wire fences on one end of Collins Beach in response to a lawsuit filed by neighboring homeowners in 2001. The couple—both lawyers—said that naked beach goers were routinely wandering into sight of their property and that they'd witnessed "at least a dozen sex acts annually" among the nudies on or near their property. The state was ordered to create a buffer between the property and the folks-in-the buff, which they tried to do by planting vegetation. But apparently, the modesty plants couldn't survive in the beach's sandy soil, so the state put up barbed wire fences on the edge of the beach.

A reader emailed me these photos of the fence this month: The buffer fence has been left unmaintained and turned into a hidden barbed wire sand trap.


Ack! Columbia County, which is responsible for the beach, should definitely get on fixing this. In the meantime, watch out for your tender feet on the beach. A couple more photos are below the cut.


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