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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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 »

2011 Fire & Related Closures

December 6-8
Prescribed fire activity continues in the vicinity east of Concho Billie Trail and north of Mud Lake and Mud Lake Bypass Trails (see map here.) Burning will take place during the middle of the week to minimize conflict with weekend visitation. Last week crews were able to burn within 2,000 acres of the southern portion of the proposed 7,000 acre operational area.

November, 30 through December, 1 -
Prescribed Fire Activity

October, 31 -
Preserve Initiates FY12 Prescribed Fire Season

June 15, Present
Oil Pad Fire Complex - Several fires were started by lightning on Sunday, June 12, 2011. for more information on fire activities click here.

April 26 through May 23
Jarhead Wildland Fire -
This fire started in the afternoon of April 26, 2011. It is 100% contained as of May 23, 2011. The fire is not yet extinguished, hot spots may still be found within the interior of the containment area. For details on fire activity click here.

Did You Know?

Many large trees that did exist were harvested in the early 1900s.

There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name actually refers to the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.