Rooster Rock State Park is one of the first parks you arrive at when driving up I-84 heading out of Portland.  This park is located at the true beginning of the Columbia River Gorge.  The park offers picnic tables, a public boat launch and some minor hiking.  Rooster Rock is a geologic feature that is a large Pinnacle located right off the highway.  Sometimes rock climbers will scale Rooster Rock via its very moderate route or one of the few other and more challenging routes.  Rooster Rock is a bit chossy and not a great climb but is interesting to gawk at.

One of the other interesting things about Rooster Rock State Park is that it has one of two designated nude beaches in the Portland Metro;  Don’t worry, if you’re  not into viewing hairy, middle-aged  nudists you will be ok:  the beach is not visible from the public park areas, its a private area.  If you are into nude sunbathing–not that the Pacific Northwest is known for sunbathing–this is like the Riviera of the Northwest; without the salty ocean breeze and sun that is.

Fishing is superb here and there is a public boat launch and great shore access to fish.  There are two disk golf courses that are pretty good; one is challenging the other just fun.

There is a $5.00 fee for use of this park.OR Rooster Rock SP


Rooster Rock Outcrop

The actual rock outcrop for which Rooster Rock State Park gets its name is a large basalt pinnacle at the west end of the park.  The daunting rock spire has been climbed many times by technical rock climbers.  The rock quality is not great and is very loose in places.  It’s typical for climbers to do this climb once just to have this unique route in the bag.

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Photo: courtesy OSU archives

Park Beta:

  • Wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Windsurfing
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Beach
Rooster Rock State Park