I went to the beach Tuesday (4/6/21). The south beach where I was looked more or less like it did last summer. It was warm when I first got there, but it was windy. The wind was initially out of the SW, but after a while it changed to the SE. At that point the wind was blowing across the lake and it got cold. I tried to hold out for a little while, but it was too cold, so I left. At that point the beach was deserted.
I was at the beach Sunday (5/2). It was windy, but the air temperature was in the upper 80's, so I found it comfortable. The water temperature is still very cold. There were quite a few people there, so I was only nude for very short periods. Most of the day I had my G-string thong on. The wind was out of the West or WSW and I noticed a few flies, but not bad. I suspect that in another week or two the flies will be out in force and it will be impossible to be on the beach when the wind is out of the west. With the water temperature being so cold, it gets too cold when the wind is out of the east. That leaves only a southerly wind to make the beach comfortable, until the lake warms up a bit.
On the hottest day of the year so far, didn't see anyone in the altogether, or even thongs.
I was only in the south nature area from like 8:45 to noon, crowds were building but there was also a nature tour going on near the dead river... and I needed more liquids.
Some areas have seen some recovery (Hosah Park, the south nature area), others are worse -- the north nature area is gone all the way to the main trail, but it's created a few nice secluded coves, with no way for a ranger to drive in (but they have been seen on foot in the past).
The lake was too cold to swim, a brief waist-deep wade was numbing.
Has anyone heard of the beach at Waukegan? It's north of the public beach and right behind the power plant. I have been there a few times during the week and come across one or two nudists who said they have never had a problem there.
Anyone else have any experience there?
i was there a few years ago. the regulars like it better than Zion because there is really only one access to the beach. with the dead river to the north, you have great privacy and great sight lines with ample warning to the south where the entrance is. i found the north end of the waukegan beach to be very nice and relaxing. not like zion with people and rangers showing up from various locations.