Maple Creek

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Rating: C

Tube riders coming down the river are sometimes amazed to see dozens of nude sunbathers at two holes near Maple Creek and the Salyer Roadside Rest Area, both off Highway 299. The water is usually cold, so most nudity is confined to the shore. But bring sandals or old shoes to wear in the water, just in case you decide to take a dip.

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How to find it:

Follow Mad River directions to the town of Blue Lake (see above). Access to Maple Creek, which consists of a few buildings, is via a small road in town. "It's a little ways inland from Blue Lake," reader Douglas Beck says. The same drive can also be made from Kneeland, which can be reached from Arcata. From Highway 101, head up Fickle Hill Road to the Maple Creek exit. Take the exit to where you see cars pulled off, then park and walk upstream past a clothed beach to the nude swimming hole.

The beach:

Depending on the season, the beach of rocks and sand is next to a small river or stream.

The crowd:

You and a few others may be the only ones here.

Problems:

Unknown legal status; river rocks; better directions needed.

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