One of my favorite places on earth. Nice people, pristine beach, beautiful scenery. A wonderful place to spend quality time with good friends. Thank you for your interest in the development of the Mazomanie Beach. I am pleased to report that a lot has been accomplished within the last few months. We hired a contractor to perform timber stand improvements within the 67 acre area by cutting and removing woody invasives, including buckthorn and honeysuckle. We also used a forestry mower and cleared approximately 11 acres in preparation for a future picnic area. Forestry staff has also The objective of the sale is to regenerate oak species through a shelter wood harvest by removing undesirable species. These vegetative improvements will greatly benefit the wildlife of the area and become more aesthetically pleasing for the visitors to the site.
The Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday that the famous Mazo Beach — shown here in — has been closed to public use, effective immediately. A sign at the Mazo Beach during the National Nude Weekend advises attendees to cover up when leaving the area. The Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday announced that the famous Mazo Beach has closed to public use, effective immediately. For decades, the agency has tried to curb unsightly behaviors at the beach on the Wisconsin River near Mazomanie by prohibiting camping, scaling back hours, restricting surrounding wooded areas and closing it on weekdays. But sex and drug use have persisted, and Brian Hefty, a natural resources area supervisor, said enforcement has become too consuming of DNR staff time. The beach is located in a acre state natural area, about three miles north of the village of Mazomanie in northwestern Dane County. In , wardens arrested 42 people for public sex or drug use during nine days of surveillance. Seven days of surveillance in produced 13 citations for public sex. Based in Oshkosh, The Naturist Society has about 25, members across the world, including more than in Wisconsin. But in a new draft plan for the 92 river miles and 46, acres that make up the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, DNR staff envision a redeveloped Mazo Beach geared toward a broader, more clothed population.
Property along the river was acquired in parcels by the State of Wisconsin since the s to provide a full range of nature based activities including hiking, wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing, and wildlife habitat. Since , the beach and surrounding nature preserve have attracted picnickers and swimming day-trippers to its open and expansive shoreline. The Mazomanie Bottoms encompasses a large area of Wisconsin River floodplain forest dissected by old river channels that are dry except during periodic floods. Openings in the canopy due to elm mortality have a dense understory of prickly ash, gray dogwood, buckthorn, and young trees. Ridges of sand support oaks, but the slough margins are nearly pure silver maple. Sand bars and ephemeral pools along the river add considerable diversity. The forest harbors thousands of migrating birds. Nesting birds include these uncommon species: cerulean Dendroica cerulea , Kentucky Oporornis formosus , prothonotary Protontaria citrea and mourning warblers, winter wren, and brown creeper. The site has a large woodpecker population and is used in winter by bald eagles Haliaeetus leucocephalus. This along with additional Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources DNR changing land restrictions means the actual beach area changes annually.
Naturists, as some nudists prefer to be called, are coming to grips with the naked truth that the days of enjoying Mazo Beach in the buff might be coming to an end. On Friday, the Naturist Society sent an "urgent" email alert calling for allies to bare their opposition to a state plan that calls for law enforcement to end years of de facto tolerance for skinny dipping. The sandbar about 25 miles from Madison is one of the most popular destinations for nude beachgoers.
Some estimates say that 70, visitors frolic in the freshwater, on the beach and in the surrounding woods each year, The New York Times says. Exposing one's genitals is a misdemeanor in Wisconsin, but authorities in liberal Dane County have looked the other way for decades.
There is a June 19 deadline for public comment about the management plan for the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, which includes provisions threatening the nudists' limited use of Mazo Beach. A petition asks people to declare that they "support the continued inclusion of long-standing traditional clothing-optional usage of the beach," and that "whether or not I choose nude recreation as my personal option, I oppose any action by the [Department of Natural Resources] or any other public officials to restrict or eliminate such usage.
Officials had already shut the beach and the surrounding area on weekdays during the past year and cracked down on public sex and drug use in the area, WISC-TV reports. Citations for those acts have remained steady since officials shut the beach, officials told the station. Correction : A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to nudists as "naturalists" instead of "naturists.
The agency announced Tuesday, March 19, it will close the beach, surrounding islands and wooded areas on weekdays beginning immediately. To keep clothing optional at Wisconsin's embattled nudist beach, action is mandatory. Calling all HuffPost superfans!
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