Frequently Asked Questions
We would like to visit Oakwood. What do we need to do?
We’d love to have you join us for a day, a weekend, or longer! People who are curious about nudism or who might consider joining Oakwood have an open invitation – see our facilities, meet our members, learn more about how we operate, and fully experience the joys of social nudism! You aren’t required to be nude, except in the pool and saunas, and there is no obligation to join.
Take the first step and fill out our contact form. Oakwood is located near the Wyoming exit off Interstate 35 in the north metro area. The exact address will be sent to you once your visit is arranged. You are welcome to visit Oakwood anytime although weekdays tend to be pretty quiet. If you’d like to meet a lot of members or participate in group activities like volleyball, petanque, etc., plan to visit on a weekend.
When are you open?
We are open all year for members. (Those winter saunas can feel great!) Our main season, when the water is turned on, runs from about April 15 to October 15, depending on weather conditions. Visitors are welcome during the main season. Please contact our membership team for an appointment. (Call 651-353-1062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Can we stay overnight?
Absolutely! Bring a tent and stay at one of our camping sites, haul your camper/trailer and use one of our visitor lots, or reserve one of our two rental RVs (photos here). Fees are listed on our rates page. Please make reservations with our membership team. Note that state law requires a backflow valve for each water hookup at all campgrounds. If you don’t have one please let us know. Checkout time is 11:00 am.
What are the facilities like?
We have tenting sites, rental trailers, and open RV lots with electric, water and sewer hookups available. The club has approximately 80 sites on 40 wooded acres. Ice, WiFi and firewood for campfires are available at no extra cost. Our clubhouse has a full kitchen, dining area, game room, TV and reading room, two screened porches, two decks, and restrooms. We have a heated swimming pool, two bathhouses with toilets and indoor and outdoor showers, two saunas (electric and wood burning), two petanque courts, two sand volleyball courts, a shuffleboard court, a horseshoe court, and a large open area for frisbee golf, cornhole or simply sunning. There also are acres of woods with a hiking trail that partially encircles the main grounds.
What kind of social activities do you have?
Social activities vary each season as members host different events but some regular favorites include volleyball tournaments, potluck dinners, dances, karaoke, a wine and cheese tasting, a rib roast, a Hawaiian luau, a body painting contest and an early Halloween party at the end of the season. The highlight of the season is Oakwood Days the second weekend in July which has included a car show and live music. During the winter there are occasionally offsite activities with other clubs. Check out our calendar to see what’s scheduled.
Can I buy food or beverages on the grounds?
Food is not available for sale at Oakwood. Occasionally we will have special events where a meal will be provided for a small donation. These events will be listed on the Oakwood Club calendar. If such an activity isn’t listed, you should assume you will need to bring your own food. There also are several good restaurants in nearby towns.
What should we bring on our first visit?
The only necessities are towels and sun block. Polite nudist etiquette dictates that you always carry your own towel to sit on. You may also want to bring a blanket or chairs and any food or beverages you need for the day. Alcohol is allowed in moderation although since many people go barefoot, glass containers aren’t allowed in the common areas (pool, clubhouse, recreational areas).
Are pets allowed at Oakwood?
You may have pets on a leash at your campsite or walking on the roads, in accordance with state and local laws. They are NOT allowed in the commons area. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. We suggest you do not bring your pet on the first visit.
Can I check out Oakwood without my spouse or significant other?
No, both partners must come together for the initial visit. Should you decide to join, you must join as a couple or a family. Both partners must participate in the club, though you need not always visit the club together.
Can our friends come with us?
Yes, we’d love to have them visit! They must go through the same process of filling out an application.
What else should we know about our first visit?
As a guest of Oakwood, you must adhere to the same rules as the members. Should you engage in inappropriate physical/sexual activity (personal displays of affection, or PDAs), take photographs, overindulge in alcohol, take illegal drugs, or act in any disruptive fashion, you will be asked to leave the grounds immediately.
We don't have a tent or trailer. Would joining Oakwood still be worthwhile?
Absolutely! While the majority of members lease lots for the season, some are “day members” who seldom, if ever, stay overnight. They come and go as they please and use the facilities when convenient. They also have the option of renting trailers overnight at a reduced fee.
How many members do you have?
Membership numbers fluctuate annually as people join and leave. We currently have approximately 200 members.
If we aren’t members of the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) or another nudist organization, can we still visit Oakwood?
There is no expectation for visitors to have an affiliation with a nudist organization. After all, how do you know you’ll like it until you give it a try? The Oakwood Club is an AANR-affiliated club so if you choose to join, your AANR membership is included in your Oakwood membership fees.
My partner is very reluctant about visiting a nudist club. Any advice?
It’s natural to be a little nervous on your first visit to a nudist club. This usually stems from self-consciousness about our bodies. Few people at Oakwood – or anywhere else for that matter – are a “perfect 10” or have the kind of body you’ll see in a magazine. Like people everywhere, nudists come in a variety of shapes and sizes, colors and ages. You are sure to see people both larger and smaller than you. The lack of judgement based on physical appearance is one of the things that is so freeing about nudism!
Visitors come to Oakwood nearly every weekend of the season so you won’t draw any special attention. Because people all around you will be partially or fully nude, relaxed, and enjoying their day, most first-timers adjust to social nudity in a matter of minutes and discover it’s not nearly as big a deal as they thought it would be. Sometimes they start to feel self-conscious about being clothed because they’re likely to be the only ones fully dressed! Don’t pressure your partner into visiting a nudist club, however. Neither one of you will enjoy the experience.
Do men get visibly excited?
Not often. On the rare occasion when this occurs, simply cover with a towel, turn over, or take a quick dip in the pool.
Will I/we receive unwelcome advances?
Oakwood is a family-oriented nudist club, not an adult “lifestyle” resort, so this also rarely happens. If it does, simply report it to club management and steps will be taken to ensure it does not happen again. Everyone should feel comfortable. Behavior requiring an apology is not tolerated.
Do we have to be nude at Oakwood?
No, we are a clothing optional club. Nudity is encouraged at Oakwood but not required. We understand that it may take a little while to become comfortable being naked. Because people all around you will be nude, relaxed, and enjoying their day, most people feel comfortable being nude after a very short period of time. However, the only place where you are required to be nude is in our pool and saunas. Also, Minnesota weather isn’t always conducive to being naked so you may occasionally see our members partially or fully clothed for practical reasons.
Will the staff be nude?
The membership team will typically be dressed upon your initial arrival and throughout the tour of the grounds to acclimate you to our facility. As a non-profit co-op club, we have no paid staff. All workers, including the membership team, are Oakwood member volunteers. You will see people in various stages of undress.
What do you do to protect the identity of visitors and members?
It’s unfortunate, but people in the textile (clothed) world may misinterpret the naturist experience as something sexual or immoral. While some members are open about their participation, others require discretion for personal or professional reasons, so individual privacy is a high priority at Oakwood. For both visitors and members, last names are known only to those who need the information for record keeping, billing, etc. Unlike many social situations in the textile world, conversations in a nudist setting don’t revolve around what you do or where you live. You can disclose as much or as little personal information as makes you comfortable. Cameras are not allowed. If someone is using a cell phone camera, they will be asked to delete any photos taken on the grounds. If the behavior persists, they will be asked to leave.
What else should we know about our first visit?
Everyone who has ever visited talks about what a relaxed, friendly and welcoming atmosphere they find at Oakwood. This is often what motivates them to join! We come from a place of respect and non-judgement, but we also have organizational rules to guide behavior. As a guest of Oakwood, you must adhere to the same rules as the members. Should you engage in inappropriate physical/sexual activity (personal displays of affection, or PDAs), take photographs, overindulge in alcohol, take illegal drugs, or act in any disruptive fashion, you will be asked to leave the grounds immediately. You may find these links helpful if you have further questions about nudism.