Mazo Beach, Wisconsin’s only legal public nude beach, will now be buttoned up on weekdays, based on a ruling announced this week from the Badger State’s Department of Resource (DNR).
The goal of this [weekday] closure is to make Mazomanie Beach a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone who visits or floats past the area,” Nate Kroeplin, Wisconsin DNR conservation warden, explained March 19. “It’s clear from our records that the majority of illicit activity is taking place on weekdays.”
Perennially, law enforcement officials apparently collar multiple individuals at Mazo Beach for cruising, illicit outdoor sexual acts, and substance abuse on the public land. In 2011, for example, nine days of surveillance led to 26 sex and 16 drug arrests at the Mazomanie nude beach.
For many years, nudists from across the United States have visited the Southern Wisconsin beach, located on the Lower Wisconsin River, just outside of Mazomanie. In summertime, hundreds of nudists may be found at Mazo Beach on a weekend, swimming, and sunbathing au naturel.
The Mazo Beach shutdown on weekdays includes the wooded surroundings and the islands around the Dane County beach. New signs are expected soon.
In addition to closing Mazo Beach on weekdays, the Wisconsin DNR expressed plans to bump up the law enforcement presence at the Mazomanie spot.
Is nude rude?
That matter, at least legally, is still whirling around in the Wisconsin political system, with Badger State legislators debating the bare essentials of the issue.
In the meantime, perhaps curiously, Mazo Beach is expected to be open on Saturdays and Sundays, both of which may be considered Sabbaths to folks of various Judeo-Christian beliefs. So far, Mazo Beach nudists have not been stripped of those occasions for beach going in their birthday suits.