Where's the closest nude beach?
There are no official nude beaches available to the public in Minnesota. Locations in the Twin Cities such as Twin Lake, the Misssissippi River Flats and Lake Sweeney have a history of nude use but it is NOT RECOMMENDED to use these sites at this time since all are patrolled and ticketed heavily. Other sites such as the Lester River near Duluth and along Lake Pepin south of Red Wing also have a history of use but this is generally limited to locals and is risky.
The only "legal" nude beach in the midwest is Mazomanie Beach on the Wisconsin River Near Sauk City in Wisconsin. Here's all the details:
Mazo Beach (Sauk City, WI - Near Madison, WI)
This WONDERUL and heavily used beach that has seen major management changes in the past few years due to increased pressure by a few anti-nudity minded individuals but so far the beach remains open for nude use. Current regulations make this a Day Use Only area. It is open from 8am to 8pm. No overnight camping or parking. There is limited parking about a mile away and porta potties in the parking lot. All the hassle is worth putting up for since the crowd of people using the beach is great. Busy weekends see hundreds of users of all ages. Beach conditions are subject to change due to varying water levels on the river but most of the time there is plenty of sandy beach to enjoy.
Directions: Located near Sauk City, WI, it takes about 4 hours to drive to Mazo Beach from the Twin Cities. Take I-94 East to US 12 (Baraboo Exit). Follow US 12 toward Baraboo to Sauk City (approx. 20 miles). In Sauk City, After crossing the Wisconsin River turn right on Route 78. At Cty Rd Y turn right and go about 4 miles to the SECOND Laws road (it's a loop). This is a paved road on the right. Follow it for 1/4 mile to a gravel road on the left (Conservation Road).