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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 »

Laws & Policies

Various public documents help guide the further management of natural and cultural resources, and the recreational opportunities within the preserve. Click on the links below to find out more.

BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE ENABLING LEGISLATION
(PL 93-440, as amended by PL 100-301)

Congress created the Big Cypress National Preserve in 1974, as one of the first national preserves within the National Park System.
Click here to download the law in its entirety.

COOPERATIVE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN NPS/FWC-2011
Click here for the agreement.

CRITERIA FOR OFF-ROAD VEHICLE & HUNTING ACCESS WITHIN BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE IN RESPONSE TO SURFACE WATER LEVELS- AUGUST 2006
In recent years the occurrence of high and low water conditions have prompted the National Park Service to temporarily close areas of the Preserve to off-road vehicles, such as swamp buggies, airboats, and all-terrain vehicles. This paper provides an overview of this subject, and discusses how hydrologic criteria can be used to assist future decision making.

BIG CYPRESS PROPERTY OWNERS QUESTION & ANSWERS- NOVEMBER 2005
This document answers commonly asked questions regarding the ownership of private property within the boundaries of Big Cypress National Preserve.

LONG RANGE INTERPRETIVE PLAN (LRIP)- 2002
The LRIP presents a visitor experience vision of the Preserve, based on purpose, significance, and mission identified in the Preserve's Strategic Plan.

OFF-ROAD VEHICLE MANAGEMENT PLAN- 2000
This document guides the implementation and management of the recreational off-road vehicle trail system within the Preserve.

BIG CYPRESS LAND PROTECTION PLAN- 1991
This document outlines the actions necessary to assure resource protection and provide essential public access.

Did You Know?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.