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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

Commercial Use Authorization Application & Requirements

The Commercial Use Authorization authorizes out-of-park commercial services provided by commercial operators that originate and terminate their services outside of National Park Service boundaries. All advertisement, solicitation of business and acceptance of any form of compensation occurs outside NPS boundaries. Authorized services will have minimal impact on the Preserve's resources and values.

The following documents must be submitted to Special Use Permit Coordinator as part of the application package.

  1. Application
  2. Taxpayer Identification Number
  3. Include copies of business licensing
  4. Insurance coverage (declarations page and parts I & II)
  5. Permit fees ($100 non-refundable application fee payable to Big Cypress National Preserve)

Complete application packages can be sent to:

Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141
Attention: Commercial Services Coordinator

Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.