Mosquito Apocalypse confirmed by local news media - high water levels to blame

Mosquitos are in attack mode right now

Mosquitos are in attack mode right now

Time for a little public service announcement. Not a queer issue per se, but definitely local! If you’ve hit up Sauvie Island or many of the other local beaches lately, you’ll have noticed that the mozzie population is intense and hard to discourage even with bug spray. Sauvie’s is especially bad. Even a few minutes exposure […]

Hey queers go get outdoors with the Sauvie Island wildlife

Sandhill crane

Spring has sprung here at QPDX and we are taking it outside. Amateur Naturalist and avid urban adventurer Diana Edwards talks with us today about the Sauvie Island wildlife.

Just 10 miles from downtown Portland, Sauvie Island has long been hailed as a great escape from the city heat in the summer. And we all love the gay nude beach. Sauvie Island, however, is also an important natural area for both residents and migratory wildlife.

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It's finally summer! Time to go to Sauvies.

A queer guide to Sauvies Island!

A queer guide to Sauvie's Island!

Sun, sand, swimming, summer….Sauvies! You’ve heard about it, but you’ve never been? Well here’s your ultimate Summer Guide To Sauvie’s Island! In fact, 2/3rds of will be at the naked gay beach on Sauvies just today, so i’ll take some pictures of the signs so you can find it easier. If the “Naked” aspect makes you hesitant, not to worry. Lots of dykes wear shorts and go topless, lots of dudes wear shorts, and yes, some go naked. The area we are describing is queer/trans friendly so chest surgery scars etc are a relatively common sight.

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Sauvie Secrets

Despite the fact that I grew up here, and Ive been back long enough to be on my second Portland summer, I had never been to Sauvie Island before this June. Presented with four different beach options I figured it was worth swimming in water that might be less than crystal and was excited to finally scope it out. Unfortunately, Ive discovered its not quite as simple finding the perfect spot so, loyal readers, Ive decided to give you some tips Ive discovered among the many weekends Ive spent at Collins Beach.

Sauvie was presented to me as a line of four themed beaches: a clothed straight beach, a clothed gay beach, a nude straight and a nude gay. The nekkid beaches were to begin as the paved road turned to gravel. However, our first stop, near the beginning of the gravel road, presented us with a hoard of beach bunny blonde teens. The sign that had previously read clothing optional had painted over the optional, extending clothed space. We christened this section of the beach MTV Beach Party.

The next weekend slightly farther down the beach seemed a fairly mundane, family-friendly section of clothing optional waterfront. This was not a bad area. Attempt number three, at the next porta-potty down the lane, was a nice, fairly quiet and private space, but the sand and water were kinda mushy in an unpleasant muddy and seaweed-laden way. However, on our jaunt down the beach, past where you might think its ok to park, brought great clear water, flying rainbow kites, and several scattered log forts which definitely brought back the excitement of youthful beach play, and yet in a much queerer way. And yes, though the gay Captain Americas on these sections of the beach can, occasionally, be intimidating there really is a vast array of folks in various levels of undress (youll see me in my trunks and sunglasses), including the professor who takes and bus and hitchhikes the rest of the way, the old couples wearing nothing but fanny-packs, and even some ladies who arrived on motorcycles (although the fellas do dominate the beach).

So, in short, my advice to you is, go west, young man, go west. Go past what seems the end of the road to find your queer haven, although the spot between the 2nd and 3rd potties after the gravel begins is pretty good for mixed groupings. The summer marches on so enjoy it while you can.