Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »
Secondary Trail Closure
Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »
All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. More »
Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure
Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »
2008 Fire Activity and Related Closures
We also hope to prep a few other areas around camps in the Concho Billy area and along Hwy 41, to include the Monument facilities and residences, campgrounds, and power poles along the north side of Hwy 41 from Burns Lake to Oasis. This is in anticipation of reintroducing fire into the prairie ecosystem.
Our first project will take place on Thursday. Trail users and visitors need to be aware that if they are venturing into the backcountry over the next week that fire will be on the landscape. Signs are posted but visitors are encouraged to check with the Oasis Visitor Center for details on exact areas where fire activity may be taking place. We are hoping to accomplish an additional 10-15,000 acres in the next 2 weeks with further work to continue into the summer months.
Did You Know?
The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.