Nudist haven Mazo Beach closed during the week; sex, drug use cited

2013-03-20T05:35:00Z Nudist haven Mazo Beach closed during the week; sex, drug use citedBILL NOVAK | bnovak@madison.com madison.com

Nudists flocking to Mazomanie Beach on the Wisconsin River will need to find another place to shed their clothing Monday through Friday.

The state Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday the popular spot for nudists will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The reasons for the closing? Illicit sex in public, drug use and cruising for sex.

The closing takes effect immediately and continues through Sept. 15. In future years, the beach property will be closed Monday through Friday from March 1 through Sept. 15.

The property will be open seven days a week from Sept. 15 through March 1, but DNR spokesman Bob Manwell told Madison.com few sunbathers would be using it during the cold months, and it would be more utilized by hunters.

"The goal of this closure is to make Mazomanie Beach a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone who visits or floats past the area," said DNR Conservation Warden Nate Kroeplin in a news release.

"It is clear from our records the majority of illicit activity is taking place on weekdays," Kroeplin said. "Along with the closure we will add extra law enforcement presence."

The closure includes the entire property, the beach, islands immediately off the beach, and wooded areas. Public access won't be allowed from either land or the river.

Several years ago, the DNR closed wooded areas near Mazo Beach because of complaints of illicit sexual activity in the woods.

The beach is in the northwest corner of Dane County in the town of Mazomanie.

"National websites have portrayed Mazomanie Beach as a destination spot for naturist (nudist) activity," the release said.

"Some individuals from states as far away as Florida have traveled to the beach for this, and to look for a sexual encounter. Illegal drug use has also been documented."

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