What do the authorities think about skinny-dipping in the out-of-doors?

At Shenandoah National Park, where isolated pools might lure a perspiring hiker, "we have no standard procedure," says chief ranger Larry Hakel.

Though, he acknowledges, "I'm sure it goes on." If a ranger spotted a nude swimmer, "He or she would be told to put thier clothes back on" so as not to offend other visitors on the park's 400 miles of trails.

In his six years in the post, "To my knowledge, we have not had any complaints" about skinny-dippers."I think it happens very infrequently. The water comes out of springs. It's pretty cool."

In Washington's suburbs the police receive occasional complaints about trepassers -- clothed or unclothed -- in private pools or lakes.

One Montgomery County homeowner phoned at 3 a.m. to report naked strangers in his backyard hot tub. By the time the police arrived, says spokeswoman Nancy Moses, "they had streaked away."

Most of the complaints in Fairfax County, says police spokeswoman Marsha Webb, "come from private pools," such as those on golf courses. Anyone apprehended, she says, can be charged with trespassing and, depending on the circumstances, indecent exposure. The maximum penalty, if it comes to that, is $1,000 fine and a year in jail.