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April 17, 2012

MAZOMANIE - The area of land surrounding the popular Mazomanie Beach on the Wisconsin River that is closed to public access is expanding, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has announced. The beach itself will remain open.

New signs marking the closed areas were installed this week and the closure limitations will be in place effective immediately through September 15.

"The goal of the additional closures is to reduce user conflicts and to make this a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone who visits the Riverway," said Conservation Warden Jeremy Plautz.

DNR made changes to the management of the property to curb the illicit sexual activity the public and conservation wardens have encountered on the property. Due to unwanted publicity on some national websites, individuals from states as far away as Florida have traveled to the beach, commonly referred to as Mazo beach, looking for a sexual encounter.

Generally, behavior on the beach has been well behaved, Plautz said. These steps are in response to conduct that is occurring in the areas off of the beach.

The beach along the Lower Wisconsin River located in the northwest corner of Dane County in the Town of Mazomanie has attracted people to its open and expansive shoreline for decades. Property along the river was acquired in parcels by the State of Wisconsin since the 1950s to provide primarily for hunting, angling, and nature appreciation. The beach was acquired by the state in 1949 for hunting, fishing and land conservation and is part of the Mazomanie Unit - Lower Wisconsin State Riverway.

Mazomanie beach will remain open during the same hours it has in the past, which is 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"Law enforcement staff will be working this summer to increase law enforcement presence and will be enforcing laws pertaining to inappropriate conduct in public as well as entry into the newly closed areas," said Plautz.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Cosh - 608-267-2773

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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