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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    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 »

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?

Researchers gather data from a bear that was removed as a nuisance.

Do not feed wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.