The members of a private Washington recreational social club are
upset over the prospect of a public shooting range proposed near
their rural facility.
The growing conflict has the members of the Lake Bronson Social
Camping Club heading to court to block Snohomish County’s plans to
construct a multi-discipline range near the club’s sprawling
320-acre encampment, lake and hiking area.
But the members who lease the facilities located at Lake Bronson
Club near Sultan aren’t your average, run-of-the-mill outdoor
enthusiasts. That’s because they prefer to do their out-of-doors
recreation au naturale-or, totally in the buff.
Yes, Lake Bronson Associates, a registered corporation in
Washington state since the 1940s, is the parent company of a
commercial nudist camp, with a website that claims it attracts sun
worshippers from around the world to its 7.5-acre spring-fed lake,
85-foot waterfall and miles of hiking trails.
According to the Everett Herald, a lawsuit filed by the nudist
club and other plaintiffs contends that the parcel of forestland
where Snohomish County intends to build its shooting range was
improperly transferred to the county from the state. The suit also
contends such transferred lands must be utilized only for public
parks in accordance with state and county outdoor recreation
However, it’s pretty clear to local shooting enthusiasts and
county officials alike that the nudists have their panties in a
bunch (metaphorically speaking, of course) merely from the prospect
of having a shooting range and regular firearms training area built
within earshot of where they freely frolic.
“We’re thinking it’s not a good idea to have a shooting range a
mile away from a social camping club,” Jodi Halfhill, secretary
for Lake Bronson Club, told the Everett newspaper. “After
discussion, the board of directors just felt it was in our best
interest to (file suit.)”
But developers and county officials say they are moving forward
with plans to make this scenic area north of Seattle into a popular
attraction for shooters, rock climbers and other outdoor
recreationists-the type who enjoy nature while remaining fully
Currently, a six-year parks budget plan calls for $650,000 to
develop the range. And Jason Cummings, the Snohomish County’s chief
civil deputy prosecutor, says county officials are “looking into
the lawsuit and feel confident defending the county’s
Here at the Offbeat Outdoors blog, may we suggest opening up the
shooting range to the neighboring nudists so everyone can get
along? That said, we’re guessing the Lake Bronson Club men may
resist shooting from the prone rifle position, while the women may
shy away from the archery range.