Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 3, 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 2. More »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. 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 anhinga is a commonly seen bird in many areas of Big Cypress National Preserve, and other park areas in Florida. However, within the United States of America, the bird is never really seen beyond Florida. Anhingas cousins are more commonly seen in South America and Africa.