Mazo Beach

This beach used to rank among the finest natural nudist/naturist locations in North America. However, increased patrols and arrests by DNR have mostly shut down nudist activity at the beach. Signs are posted prohibiting naturism. A newly installed security camera is monitoring incoming vehicle plates. There is a renewed interest by families visiting the beach with children. Recommend keeping clothes on if you do visit to avoid being arrested.

(Source for information requested. As of last summer the beach was still clothing optional but open only on weekends. Neither Badger Naturists nor Friends of Mazo Beach have reported that simple nudity is prohibited. Bad behavior has always been forbidden, and those non-nudists who have ignored that have caused ALL the problems at the beach. (RSVP at moc.oohay|liamtsidunlla#moc.oohay|liamtsidunlla.)

Mazo Beach is located in southern Wisconsin between Mazomanie and Sauk City on the beautiful Wisconsin River.

The beach has a decades-long history as a place where folks enjoy nature.

Mazo Beach is now clothing required. You won’t be alone. There is no pressure here except the long arm of the law placing you in handcuffs for your outrageous conduct. Harassment and indecency of any type is not tolerated.

At Mazo we spent years in a failed attempt to establish a working relationship with public officials so that we could self-police activities and keep the beach clean and safe. We failed. DNR is now enforcing indecency laws at the beach. The DNR does patrol the area, are welcome and will enjoy answering any questions you may have. This is a beautiful and unique location and well worth taking care of.

When you arrive at the parking lot, expect about a mile walk down a gravel road (there be mosquitos) to reach the beach. Bicycles are great, no motor vehicles. Do NOT leave the road or enter the woods. There is a large fine for doing so. At the end of the road is another parking lot (handicap only) and porta-potties. Just past that is the beach. Do NOT disrobe before being on the beach proper. Do NOT disrobe there either unless you want to be arrested.

There is no drinking water source or trash containers at the beach. Take out what you bring in. No glass (Law, BIG fine. Eyeglasses ok.). Please don’t put your butts (cig, that is) in the sand. People butts are just fine!

There is no overnight camping within a mile stretch along the beach. Further away you can, but the Wisconsin is a killer and you should know what you’re doing. Really, this river kills someone every year.

Nearby campground: Cedar Hills.

The river near the beach is not deep and has sandbar-sheltered areas ideal for kids, but watch them! It cannot be stated too often that this river is a killer. The bottom changes constantly, with drop-offs and snags underwater. Never trust it!

That said, the river along the beach is gentle and well behaved. It’s often possible to walk all the way across the river with no problem, but don’t.

Do not cross the river nude (different county), and the island and sandbar are also off limits though you will see people on them. We do not need to cause problems with the local authorities. Plus, you might be arrested.


Want to meet some Badger Naturists? Check out the group usually near the water on your right as you reach the beach. They can bring you up to date on what’s up and will be glad to meet you. Good people. Gary with the long white hair and beard has been there so long that God consulted him about where to put the sand…

Think you’re pretty good at volleyball? Usually a serious game going all weekend.

Who should you expect to see? The same people you see on the street. Couples, singles, gays, old, young, kids, fat, skinny, buff. Quite a mix. Everyone will be wearing their swimsuit or they will be in handcuffs.

Behavior: You will be expected to behave just as you would at any public beach. If you don’t, someone will correct you or a Ranger will arrest you. Tanning oil is for tanning, not for fun. Nudity is not allowed and sex on the beach will get you a few years behind bars. ‘Nuff said?

Cameras are becoming more frequent at the beach. Folks should not expect privacy. A security camera has been set up at the beach.

Pets are welcome, on leash and cleaned up after. Breaking up a dogfight is not fun. For more information about the Beach, click here: **Friends of Mazo Beach**.

Beach hours are 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Strictly enforced.

Come and have a good time. Tell your friends, consider joining Badger Naturists for year-round nudist/naturist gatherings and events!


From Madison: Hwy 12 north to Cty Y, left (west) to 2nd Laws Drive right, short to Conservation Rd (gravel, left). At parking lot walk (or bike, no motors) 1 mile to handicap lot and beach. Do not disrobe before beach! No no no, busted!

From La Cross, Hwy 14 south to Mazomanie, Hwy Y, east to Laws Drive then follow above.

More info at All Nudist and Friends of Mazo Beach or Badger Naturists

Photo Album: Mazo Beach Pics

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