ACTION ALERT: Oppose Wisconsin DNR Rule Changes Affecting Naturism

ACTION ALERT: Oppose Wisconsin DNR Rule Changes Affecting Naturism

DECEMBER 7, 2023


Comment period for the proposed state anti-nudity rules ends on December 10, 2023.

This is an urgent Action Alert from the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) in collaboration with Planet Nude, focusing on the proposed rule changes by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that threaten naturist activities on state-managed lands.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has proposed sweeping amendments to chapters NR 1, 11, 45, 51, 115, and 116 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, with a particular focus on prohibiting public nudity on state-managed lands. This move follows the 2016 closure of Mazo Beach, a notable naturist spot, and coincides with recent legislative efforts to criminalize public nudity across Wisconsin. 

Notably, while these rules aim to make nudity illegal on all state lands, a significant driving force behind these changes appears to be the intention to reopen Mazo Beach as a textile-only area. This approach represents a heavy-handed shift in policy, impacting not just Mazo Beach but also imposing restrictive limitations on naturist activities throughout all state lands in Wisconsin.

Recent Developments

A virtual hearing was recently held by the DNR, where the majority of public comments opposed the proposed nudity ban, specifically section 37 regarding public nudity. However, the DNR is still proceeding with these changes, with the final comment period closing on December 10, 2023.

The Proposed Rule Changes

The new DNR rules aim to define nudity strictly and prohibit it on all lands managed by the department. The text of the redefinition direction from the proposed rule changes, Section 37, reads as follows:

Section 37 – NR 45.04 (3) (am) Nudity. 

  1. In this section, “nude” or “nudity” means being clothed or unclothed in such a manner that the person’s genitals, pubic hair, buttocks, perineum, anus, anal region, or pubic hair region of any person, or any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of the areola thereof of any female person, is exposed to public view or is not covered by an opaque covering. 
  2. No person may appear, bathe, sunbathe, walk, or otherwise be nude on any lands under the management, supervision, or control of the department. This does not apply to breastfeeding by nursing parents and does not apply in any of the following areas not open to public view: restrooms, bath houses, showers, changing facilities, or privately-owned camping units.

This move not only impacts Mazo Beach but also sets a restrictive precedent for naturist activities throughout Wisconsin.

Call to Action

  • Submit Individual Comments: It is imperative to submit unique, individual comments to the DNR before the December 10 deadline. Emphasize personal experiences and the impact of these rules on individual freedom and naturist activities.
  • Spread the Word: Inform other naturists and supportive communities about these developments and encourage them to take action.
  • Stay Informed and Involved: Sign up for free NAC alerts and newsletters to stay updated on this issue and for further guidance on opposing these restrictive rules. Visit (click on Alerts and Advisories).

Suggested Talking Points for Your Comments

  • Highlight the historical significance of naturist spaces like Mazo Beach in promoting body positivity and freedom.
  • Discuss the impact of these rules on personal freedoms and how they conflict with Wisconsin’s values.
  • Emphasize the responsible and respectful nature of naturist activities and counter any misconceptions.
  • Point out the lack of public support for these rule changes, as evidenced by the recent virtual hearing.

Call NAC immediately at 920-415-2900 to learn more of the specific rules proposed, the intent of the new regulations, and many other important talking point suggestions (negative impact on local businesses, gender equality issues, beneficial tourism dollars, existing laws already covering concerns, poorly written DNR proposal, etc.).

Your Participation is Crucial

Your voice and action are vital in opposing these rule changes. The collective effort of the naturist community can make a significant impact in preserving our rights and freedoms. Let’s unite and express our opposition to these restrictive measures.

For Assistance and More Information

  • Contact NAC for further suggestions and assistance at (920) 415-2900 or
  • Visit for more resources and updates.


Jim Dickey
Secretary / Naturist Action Committee (NAC)

Naturist Action Committee (NAC)
PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Phone: (920) 415-2900

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