Prescribed fires are planned for the near future. Please the following link to learn more about specific dates and locations. 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 »
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 »
Oil Spill Response
Though Big Cypress National Preserve is mostly inland, there are some coastal resources within the Preserve along the southern boundary. This estuary zone is protected by the Ten Thousand Islands of Everglades National Park.
At this time no closures have occurred in the Preserve in response to the oil spill. However, management personnel at the preserve are monitoring the situation in the Gulf closely.
All regularly scheduled activities and procedures are still in effect.
On April 20, 2010 an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. 126 people were on board, 11 people are still missing and presumed dead.
The National Park Service is focused on minimizing the impact of the land-bound oil on park resources to the greatest extent possible.
If you are interested in volunteering with relief efforts, click here for more information.
Preserve staff are working in concert with other government and local partners. The National Park Service is drawing extensively on resources to provide a complete response to this incident.
Did You Know?
The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.