The nude beach shut down of an infamous southern Wisconsin nude beach near Mazomanie is the result of decades of illicit sex and drug abuse at the beach. The video below reports about prior troubles at the Mazomanie nude beach. In 2011, within nine days, 26 people were arrested for illicit sex and 16 people were taken into custody for drugs, reported the Duluth News Tribune on March 19, 2013.
For decades, nudists from around the country have been coming to the popular public nude beach to escape from the constraints of society. The public beach is located along the Wisconsin River near Mazomanie, about 25 miles northwest of Madison.
After word spread that prosecutors in ultra-liberal Dane County would not go after any person who enjoys running around naked, nudists nationwide have made the beach their own mecca.
Unfortunately, what was meant to be a natural and public place of nudist freedom has turned into illegal freedom as people slip off into the woods for some illegal tête-à-têtes and drugs.
While most nude beaches are frequently visited on weekends, the Wisconsin nude beach struggled with most of the illegal activities on weekdays.
On Wednesday, the state Department of Natural Resources announced that it is shutting down the Wisconsin nude beach, its surrounding islands, its sandbars, and its wooded areas on weekdays.
On weekends, the nude beach will remain open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The state Department of “Natural” Resources does want to continue to provide a public place that allows people to be “natural.” However, the state department also feels responsible for providing a safe place.
Nate Kroeplin, who supervises the Department of Natural Resources in Dane County, said that,
"Obviously we're disappointed when we have to shut any portion of our property down. But our ultimate goal is to have a safe place anybody can feel comfortable using. And with the current activity going on down there, that's just not the case."
The fact that the nude beach shut down by the state department is limited to weekdays still provides opportunities for nudists to enjoy some appropriate nudist activities, but during daylight.