Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book a visit?
Except for special events, we book only over the phone. Call 503-630-6136 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. seven days a week to make your arrangements. Please call when you reach Estacada so our volunteers will know when to greet you and to get the current gate code. Phone service is limited once you pass Estacada.
What if I need to cancel my reservation at the lodge?
Please call the club @ 503-630-6136 as soon as you know when your plans change. Many times we have to turn people away when the lodge is booked. Lodge reservations not cancelled 24 hours in advance are subject to one night's room rental charge.
Where do I go to check in?
Follow the SMR signs from Tumala Mountain Road down the mile-long gravel drive. At this point do not follow your GPS. As you enter the developed area, bear to your left and follow the outer loop all the way around the camp. There will be a sign on your left next to the current camp host. If you find no one around (probably out doing chores), just continue around the loop to the office (look for the playground equipment). If we don't notice you right away, toot your horn merrily a couple of times.
What should I/we bring?
Sunscreen, lots of sunscreen, if you plan to be outdoors, especially in the summer, and a hat. Nudist etiquette requires that you have a towel to sit on so bring at least two, one to sit on (a dark colored hand towel works well) and the other for drying yourself off. Also bring food and drink since there are none available on the grounds except during our Music Festival. Groceries are available in Estacada, about 9 miles away. Please be aware that no glass is allowed on the grounds so bring metal, plastic or paper cups or mugs. Even in the summer it can be cool in the evenings so also bring a warm wrap, coat, or robe. Finally, you'll need to bring money for your fees and shopping in our Unique Boutique; we accept cash, personal checks, and Visa/Mastercard/Discover/American Express credit and debit cards. Other items you might consider are a beach towel for sunning, sunglasses, hiking boots if you like to hike, water toys for the lake, moisturizer, and mosquito repellent if you are one of those who is particularly attractive to them.
Do I/we have to get naked?
We are a nudist club, not a clothing optional club, but none of us are, nor do we expect our guests to be, nude at all times. Those new to nudism may take a while to get used to it. For most people open enough to the idea to come up here, this happens rather quickly. In fact, we find that it's more common for people to feel uncomfortable clothed when everyone else is nude. Also, we cover or partially cover in cool weather and when personal comfort or safety is an issue. And at social events you will see many of us not so much dressed as adorned in nude fashions from our boutique. However, you must be nude to use the hot tubs, sauna, or swim in the lake. In general, being clothed is not an issue, rarely being nude can be.
How do men keep from getting visibly aroused?
This almost never happens. The atmosphere at a nudist resort is much less sexually charged than, say, at a beach where skimpy bathing suits are worn and in general it's not a problem there and even less so here. Should it happen, men simply cover with a towel or turn over.
I have an ugly surgical scar and I think I'd be embarrassed if it could be seen.
One of the benefits of social nudism is the body acceptance that results. You quickly find you are hardly alone or even all that much different. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes with all sorts of marks, scars, and other odd features. You'd be amazed. You will quickly discover that you fit right in - just one of the menagerie - no matter what your body looks like.
What is your Unique Boutique like?
Not to brag, but our members have been to nudist clubs all over the country and we think we can state confidently that you will not find another like it. The wide variety of colorful fashions are nude-friendly, of high quality, and reasonably priced. You'll also find souvenirs, and other kinds of merchandise. It is a labor of love for a few of our members who love to shop (especially with the club's money), have excellent fashion sense, and a strong thrifty streak.
We'd like to come to the potluck but we didn't bring anything good to share.
We encourage you to come anyway. Our guests are our potential new members and we're outgoing, friendly, and eager to get to know you. We usually have too much food anyway. And if you are here for alone time, we respect that as well and we're glad you can find it here.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, personal checks, and Visa/Mastercard/Discover/American Express credit and debit cards.
If we arrive late in the evening do we have to pay grounds fees for that day?
Grounds fees are good for 24 hours. If you arrive late in the evening, you will be charged a second day's grounds fees only if you stay a second night.
Can we come up to look around without having to pay your grounds fees?
Yes. Just call to set up a time with the camp host.
Do you have WiFi?
Yes, we do. However, we are in a remote location with access to only a narrow-bandwidth DSL line, so don't plan on being able to do much more than check your email, Facebook posts, etc.
Will our cell phones work there?
It depends on your carrier. We are in a remote, wooded location several miles from the nearest tower. We seem to have the best luck with Verizon and AT&T, but even these typically give only 1-2 bars. All carriers work at least spottily, you might have to walk around to see where it works best for you.
Do you allow single males to be guests?
Are you a swingers club?
NO, we are not. We are a family-friendly club and overtly sexual behavior is not tolerated anywhere on the grounds or in club buildings.
It says you're an AANR affiliated club. What's AANR?
AANR stand for the American Association for Nude Recreation. Clubs that belong to AANR must meet the family oriented standards set forth by AANR. You can find much more information about nude recreation on their web site: www.aanr.com
If we come as guests, will we start getting mail or email from you?
No. We send one mass mailing per year only to those who have specifically requested to be included in our Music Festival mailing list.
How long can we stay?
The maximum stay is 14 days unless our board authorizes an exception.
Are children allowed in your hot tub and lake?
Yes, when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Do we have to pay grounds fees for our children as well?
We do not charge grounds fees for children under the age of 18. Adults 18 and over pay grounds fees.
Do you have food for sale or do we have to bring our own?
Food is available only during special events, so be sure to bring your own food and drink.
How late can we arrive and still get in?
Please call between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to book a visit or get the gate combination. There is no admittance for first time visitors after 6:00 p.m.
Can we rent a cabin?
Currently, we do not have any cabins for rent. We have 3 rooms available in or Lodge.
How big an RV can you accommodate and what hook-ups are available?
We can accommodate any size RV, but not a semi tractor-trailer rig. Currently we have only two sites with 50 amp electrical service. The rest are 20 amp. There is no dump site on the grounds, but during the summer one is available in a county park about 20 miles away. All RV sites have water.
Is there poison oak or poison ivy on your grounds? What about bugs?
No poison oak or poison ivy. There are no poisonous snakes either and relatively few mosquitoes. Those whom mosquitoes find irresistible should probably bring their usual form of protection, but even they would likely find it not that bad. Ticks are rare but take the usual precautions if you're hiking. We're surrounded by forest so expect to see the kinds of critters you would normally see out camping.