LOWC welcomes new families and individuals who share our common values, participate in nude recreation and who want to be active members of a co-operative community to apply for membership. We work together, have fun together and support each other.
What are our shared values?
LOWC is a organization dedicated to family-friendly social nudity and the sense of community that this fosters.
We intend LOWC to survive in perpetuity as a nudist community.
LOWC is family-oriented. We emphasize non-sexual social nudity, and all our events and gatherings are family-friendly. We welcome families and young adults who would like to have an understanding of the benefits found in naturism. Inappropriate behavior is not tolerated.
LOWC does not discriminate based on age, race, religion, gender or marital status.
LOWC is member-owned and maintains reasonable fees by sharing work.
Member participation is expected in the maintenance and operations of LOWC as well as in social activities.
Our strength and foundation is in the belief that every member is important and deserves to be treated with respect. We take pride in keeping the grounds, club house and facilities clean and well maintained.
LOWC welcomes new members and visitors who share our interests and values!
Membership Dues and Fees
|Membership Application Fee||One time Fee to apply for A Membership (include with application)||$65|
One time Fee to apply for AA Membership (AA applications are available to A members of one year or more, in good standing. Include with application)
A Members who have been pre-approved for AA but have not purchased a house/lot must re-apply and pay this fee.
|A and AA Membership
Annual Dues per membership (Family, Couple, Single)
Dues are prorated as necessary for members joining in midyear:
Jan 720; Feb 660; Mar 600; Apr 540; May 480; June 420; July 360; Aug 300; Sep 240; Oct 180; Nov 120; Dec 60;
|AA||Buy-In Fee (one time). Paid upon approval of Application.||$4,500|
Available to Non-Resident (more than 75 miles) Family, Couple, or Single
|Miscellaneous Dues and Fees for Members|
|Stewardship Fee||AA Members only. Per lot / Annual||$175|
|Restricted Funds Reserves||AA Members only. Per lot / Annual||$205|
|Permanent Trailer Site Fee||North Side near North Gate / Annual||$600|
South Side of Lake / Annual
(Prorated fees: May $550; Jun $450; Jul $350; Aug $250; Sep $150)
|Transfer Site Fee||Per site, payable to "LOWC"||$100|
|Returned Check Fee||Per check, payable to "LOWC"||$35|
|Property Taxes||Payment of Member taxes + any wire fees, + late fees, and @ 28%/year||$25|
|Late fees||@ 28% per year (Increase approved in 2018)||28%|
|Front Gate Key Pad Fee||Assigned Number / Annual||$50|
American Association for Nude Recreation discounted renewal with LOWC
|$76.50 / $42|
|TNS Dues||The Naturist Society discounted renewal with LOWC
Regular / Senior, Student
|Visitor Passes||Not ready to become a Member? Visit our Visitor Fees page for information about our daily fees, Unlimited Seasonal Pass, 7-Day Nakation Pass, and overnight options.|
When can I apply for A-level membership?
A Membership applications are accepted at any time. If you're comfortable with nude recreation, and know that you want to participate in a cooperative family-oriented nudist community, then by all means, apply! If you aren't sure about the whole social nudity thing, you may still apply! Or simply come as a visitor as often as you like. The process for becoming an A Member is far easier now than it was in past decades. We are open to all who have an interest in being part of the wholesomeness of healthful outdoor nude recreation and the simple joy of social nudity.
AA Membership applications are accepted after one full year of A Membership. The AA membership is a buy-in and property-owning membership that shares in the cooperative ownership of the club, and as such is subject to a lengthier application process.
What is the process to apply for membership?
They will arrange for an interview at a mutually convenient time. The purpose of the interview is for both parties to understand what membership in LOWC means and to establish that there is a good fit and commitment to being part of the community.
After the successful completion of the interview and orientation with a sponsor, an application must be submitted with payment of a non-refundable $65.00 application fee.
A background check may be completed.
The membership committee will bring the application to the next Board meeting. The applicant may attend the Board meeting where the application is discussed, but is not required to. If you attend, you'll have an opportunity to meet the Board, ask questions and answer questions they may have for you.
Once approved by the Board, the new family, couple, or individual will then become members of our club and be given keys and have full member access to amenities, grounds, and events. Any inappropriate behavior will result in loss of membership.
What does a family membership mean?
A family consists of a single or couple with children under 18. They must have custody or appropriate permission to bring their minor children to LOWC. Minor grandchildren of members may also be included in LOWC activities with their grandparents provided that appropriate permission from their parents is on file.
Couples without children may also apply for family membership. Both partners will have full access to LOWC.
Single moms and dads with minor children can also apply for family membership. They may bring a significant other with them to LOWC without paying grounds fees. However, single Moms and Dads who are members must register their significant other each time they come to LOWC if that person was not present at the time of the original application.
Minor children (if any) must be accompanied by at least one adult member. The yearly membership fees are the same for families and single members.
There are many multi-generational families at LOWC, some have been members for 60 or more years. Lake o' The Woods has a rich family history.
Can unmarried couples apply for a single membership?
Single individuals who have a membership without a partner may bring a significant other to LOWC without payment of grounds fees. There is no residency requirement for bringing a partner. The partner must register, which is free.
As a member, can I bring a friend with me to the club?
You can bring a friend to the club anytime. If you have a home or a trailer site on the grounds, you can bring your friend there without paying a grounds fee, provided that they do not leave your site during the visit. No registration is required unless they come out to your site on a repeated basis. In that case, they need to fill out a one-time non-paying form that is available in the Club House. If your guests wish to have access to the grounds and facilities, they must register and pay the grounds fee.
What is involved in registering a partner or guest?
The guest must present a valid driver’s license or other identification to the Gatekeeper during the season. The Gatekeeper will print a visitor ticket which the guest must sign. Any grounds fees that are due must be paid at that time. The guest’s personal information will be kept strictly confidential and will never be used to contact the guest. LOWC requires the ticket so we know who is on the grounds in case of an emergency. A signature is required to acknowledge the information is correct and for the legal disclaimer. During the off-season, there is a form to fill out and sign for non-paying guests or partners. This form only has to be submitted once.
I am shy. Will I have a problem becoming part of the community?
The membership committee and many of the members are committed to welcoming new members and helping them get integrated into the community. Helping in an activity going on is also a good way to get know people and quickly feel like part of the community. There are often easy ways to help. For example, after club dinners, there is usually a group doing clean-up and they always welcome an extra pair of hands.
What payments are required in the year I join?
The $65 application fee for first-time members (A Membership) is required at time of application. Pro-rated dues are then required from date your membership begins to the end of the calendar year. Full dues will be billed beginning the following year and are due in January.
After I join, when can I use the facilities?
Any time, 365 days a year, except those years when the Club House is closed for maintenance (as it sometimes is during the first three months of a calendar year). You will have access to the grounds and seasonal facilities and be given information about its use, club rules, etc. You can ask about rules at the informational interview.
The information says that member participation is expected. What does that mean?
There is an all club work weekend scheduled in the Spring and one in the Fall. On those weekends many jobs are completed toward getting the property ready for the upcoming season, or to winterize the property. Once you are a member you are expected to participate in work weekend, if able to, and if not you are requested to make a financial contribution.
If you are interested in the club and not yet a member, you are welcome to join us on a work weekend. Admission and lunch is free for those who pitch in and help. It's enjoyable to work toward a common goal and you'll meet new people. Nudity is often not a part of these weekends because of the weather, but can be.
The work of the club is primarily done by volunteers year around, working through committees and the Board. Each member is encouraged to join at least one committee. Social events are usually put on by members or small groups of members working together.
There are wide range of talents in the membership and a wide range of tasks. Members can choose to volunteer for tasks that fit with their talents and interests. Most members enjoy working on club projects with others.
Members meet once a year at the annual meeting, and they are welcome to listen to the discussion at most parts of Board meetings, which meet the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 AM. The exact dates are posted in the Club House.
Major decisions are usually made only after member discussion and input.
Some co-op clubs maintain a quota and expect a defined number of hours per year of work. There is no specified quota at LOWC.
I am a member of another nudist club and moving to the area. Can my membership be transferred?
No. We would be delighted to talk with you and if LOWC is a good fit, start your application process immediately. However, we are unable to transfer memberships as we are independently owned by our own members.
If you choose to visit, grounds fees are reduced for AANR and TNS members. Our Visitor Fees page has all the details.
I am a member and have a friend I would like encourage to join LOWC. What should I do?
Bring them out and introduce them to some other members. If they like it and are interested in participating, contact the membership committee.
We encourage members to introduce their friends.
Can I enjoy LOWC without becoming a member?
Yes, absolutely -- we have many loyal visitors of long standing.