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ILLINOIS      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Blue Lake Resort    41.6335N, 90.0483W     E
          Erie (northwest IL, near IA border)

     Woodlot Nudist Retreat    42.3652N, 88.4831W     E
          Woodstock (northwest of Chicago near WI border)


INDIANA      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Drake's Ridge    38.8272N, 85.1066W     E
          Bennington (southeast IN, near KY border)

     Fern Hills Club    39.0695N, 86.6049W     E
          Bloomington (southwest of Indianapolis)

     Lake O' The Woods    41.4555N, 87.0551W     E
          Valparaiso (northwest IN, near Lake Michigan)

     Our Haven Nature Sanctuary    38.5622N, 86.7277W     E
          French Lick (southwest IN)

     Ponderosa Sun Club    41.1536N, 87.3169W     E
          Roselawn (northwest IN, near IL border)

     Sun Shower Country Club    39.7862N, 84.9816W     E
          Centerville (east of Indianapolis, near OH border)

     Sunny Haven    41.7448N, 86.0891W     E
          Granger (far northern IN, near MI border)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     CampBUCKwood    39.3234N, 86.2175W     E
          Morgantown (south of Indianapolis)

     Stag Run Club at Overlook Farm    38.0433N, 86.1720W     E
          Mauckport (far southern IN, near Louisville, KY)

PLACES TO STAY—ADULTS ONLY (not suitable for minors)

     Sun Aura    41.1422N, 87.3251W     E
          Lake Village (northwest IN, near IL border)


IOWA      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Iowa's unlikely gay nudist hangout is locally known as Bare Butt Hill [4] 41.8113N, 91.6931W  . Located in a rural area between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, this wooded site, not located on a body of water, surprisingly seems to have escaped local scrutiny and interference for at least a decade so far as we know, but we suspect discretion is in order.


MICHIGAN      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Although Michigan has a wealth of sandy beaches along three Great Lakes, a statewide anti-nudity law has been an obstacle to establishing any of those as truly safe havens for nudity. The closest thing Michigan has to a public nude beach is Otter Creek Beach [3] 44.7759N, 86.0745W  on Lake Michigan west of Traverse City. Part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, remote parts of this beach have seen relatively hassle-free nude use for at least several decades.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Forest Hills Club    42.9214N, 85.2571W     E
          Saranac (east of Grand Rapids)

     Spruce Hollow Campground    44.4789N, 85.7503W     E
          Mesick (south of Traverse City)

     Turtle Lake Resort    42.1048N, 85.1209W     E
          Union City (southeast of Kalamazoo)

     Whispering Oaks Resort    42.8882N, 83.3392W     E
          Oxford (north of Detroit)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     CampIt Resort    42.5508N, 86.1942W     E
          Fennville (Saugatuck/Douglas area)

PLACES TO STAY—ADULTS ONLY (not suitable for minors)

     Cherry Lane    41.9737N, 84.4279W     E
          North Adams (southwest of Ann Arbor)

     Northaven Resort    42.1075N, 84.2048W     E
          Brooklyn (southwest of Ann Arbor)


MINNESOTA      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Minnesota has had a few nudist hangouts in the Minneapolis area that have declined to oblivion over the past two decades. The only known established, albeit lightly attended, nude area in Minnesota at present is along the Lester River [3] 46.8552N, 92.0037W  in Duluth.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Avatan    45.3548N, 93.2597W     E
          East Bethel (north of Minneapolis)

     Oakwood Club    45.3584N, 92.9975W     E
          Wyoming (northeast of Minneapolis)


MISSOURI      MAP

NUDE BEACHES & OTHER DAY-USE AREAS

      Heartland Cove [4] 39.4608N, 94.5417W  is a hidden area of Smithville Lake north of Kansas City. This beach was "colonized" by a Kansas City naturist group in the late 90's, but about a decade later that group abandoned the site due to the incursion of some irresponsible newcomers whose indiscreet behavior attracted the attention of police. Be aware of that the viability of this site as a nude beach has declined since the late 00's.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Forty Acre Club    38.2558N, 90.8404W     E
          Lonedell (southwest of St. Louis)

     Show Me Acres    38.3134N, 92.9677W     E
          Stover (west of Jefferson City)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     A St. Louis Guesthouse    38.6082N, 90.2076W     E
          St. Louis

     Cactus Canyon Campground    36.8969N, 92.4874W     E
          Ava (southeast of Springfield)

PLACES TO STAY—ADULTS ONLY (not suitable for minors)

     Natural Pines Resort    40.5720N, 92.1866W     E
          Memphis (northeast MO, near IA border)


OHIO      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Cedar Trails Retreat    39.0409N, 83.4526W     E
          Peebles (south-central OH, near KY border)

     Green Valley    41.1992N, 81.6958W     E
          Richfield (south of Cleveland)

     Paradise Gardens    39.2419N, 84.6436W     E
          Cincinnati

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Circle JJ Ranch    40.4567N, 81.0746W     E
          Scio (between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, PA)

     Freedom Valley Campground    41.0877N, 82.4780W     E
          New London (southwest of Cleveland)


WISCONSIN      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Wisconsin has one established nude beach, and it is quite a jewel. Mazo Beach [1] 43.2249N, 89.8164W  , located near Mazomanie and northwest of Madison, is a very popular riverbank beach that is hands down the premier nude beach of the Midwest and one of the few well-established and well-attended interior nude beaches in the entire U.S.

      On the scenic Door Peninsula of Lake Michigan northeast of Green Bay, nudity occurs at Toft Point [3] 45.0663N, 87.0814W  , but attendance is sporadic.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Aurora Gardens    44.5085N, 91.0281W     E
          Hixton (west-central WI, near Eau Claire)

     Dragonfly Beach    44.1799N, 88.0710W 
          Brillion (east of Appleton, south of Green Bay)

     Homestead Nych    44.4201N, 90.1251W     E
          Pittsville (central WI)

     Sun Ray Hills    42.6416N, 88.2996W     E
          Burlington (southwest of Milwaukee, near IL border)

     Valley View Recreation Club    42.9598N, 89.0070W     E
          Cambridge (between Milwaukee and Madison)

PLACES TO STAY—ADULTS ONLY (not suitable for minors)

     Camp NCN    44.3741N, 90.8195W     E
          Black River Falls (west-central WI, near Eau Claire)





















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