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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • October ORV Advisory Committee Meeting Canceled

    The National Park Service (NPS) at Big Cypress National Preserve has canceled the previously scheduled Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Advisory Committee (ORVAC) meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

Hydrologic Activity

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The image above shows just how important Big Cypress National Preserve is with regards to maintaining high water quality flowing to the Southwest Florida Region.
 

Established as one of America's first national preserves, Big Cypress protects over 729,000 acres of a vast freshwater swamp ecosystem, which supports the rich marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast.

 

For comprehensive information on the current status of water within the region visit the South Florida's Watershed Journal. This interactive journal details the complex inner-workings within and among the wetlands and waterways of the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades and adjacent Big Cypress watersheds.

Did You Know?

manatee

Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives. More...