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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 »

Fire Management Plan

The Big Cypress Fire Management Plan identifies objectives of the prescribed fire management program (management ignited and natural) as:

* Control exotic plant species.
* Meet operation needs such as vista clearing and debris removal.
* Manage wildlife habitat for game, non-game, protected, and rare species.
* Research the ecological role of fire in the Preserve's varied ecosystem.
* Protect selected cultural and natural resources that are fire intolerant.
* Reduce hazard fuel accumulations in the backcountry, around improvements, and along major roadside corridors.

 
Firefighters maintaining a fireline
Firefighters maintaining a fireline
COURTESY/CHRISTOPHER DERMAN

Did You Know?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.