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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 »

Commercial Visitor Services

The National Park Service must determine what types of commercial activities are necessary and appropriate at Big Cypress National Preserve. All commercial activities must operate in a manner that is consistent with the mission of the Preserve and the National Park Service. That is to say, all commercial activities operating within the Preserve should provide high quality visitor experiences while protecting important natural, cultural, and scenic resources.

The 1991 General Management Plan and other planning documents identified the Preserve mission or purpose to provide and protect, in perpetuity, the natural, scenic, hydrologic, and recreational values and cultural resources.

Operating any type of commercial visitor service within Big Cypress National Preserve without written authorization from the United States is a violation of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations. It is a citable offense. If you are in doubt, please contact the Big Cypress National Preserve either by mail, telephone, or in person.

Please use the links below and to the left for more information about specific topics.

Big Cypress National Preserve Commercial Services Plan

NPS Commercial Services Website

If you have questions related to commercial visitor services within the Preserve click here to email.

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.