Sex still a problem at Wisconsin nude beach

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Wisconsin's only legal nude beach, a trouble spot for authorities over the years, continues to be a go-to area for those looking for sex.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued 13 citations, all for having sex on public land, at Mazo Beach outside of Madison during seven days of surveillance between June and early October, the Associated Press reports.

Although the numbers are down from last year, wardens say their efforts to curb the problem haven't been very successful.

Earlier this year, the DNR closed the beach on weekdays during the warmer months to not only crackdown on public sex, but also illegal drug use.

The weekday closure comes after the DNR closed the area at night, banned camping and installed a gate to block vehicles. About 68 acres of surrounding forestland have been closed off to discourage sex in the woods.

The popular nudist haven on the lower Wisconsin River attracts as many as 70,000 visitors each year and is known to be the only legal nude beach in the Midwest.

Efforts in the state Legislature to close Mazo Beach and a ban on public nudity altogether have failed in the past.

There are a few spots in Minnesota with a history of nude use, but most are patrolled and ticketed heavily, according to Naked Minnesota, a Minneapolis-based naturist social group.

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