Dos Rios

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Rating: C

Have you ever gone canuding? Here's how to do it: just paddle your canoe to a nude swimming hole, pull your craft up on the bank, take off your clothes, and jump in. This beach, north of Willits, and the next four sites are sandy banks along the Eel River that can be reached via canoeing. You can also use a rowboat or hike there. Access is believed to be from the area near Dos Rios in the south and tiny Cummings in the northwest. The nearest large towns are Laytonville and Leggett.

Not known.

How to find it:

From the Bay Area, head north on Highway 101 to Willits; from the Mendocino coast, go east on Highway 20 to Willits. Follow 101 north past Willits to Longvale, then travel northeast on Highway 162 to Dos Rios. The first of the skinny-dipping holes is several miles north of town.

The beach:

Larger and sandier than most of the swimming holes on our list, except Mendocino's Lilies Beach and the sites along the Russian River.

The crowd:

Fishermen, boaters, and small numbers of skinny-dippers show up here.

Problems:

Unknown legal status; directions need improving; trash; proximity to train tracks.

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