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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 »

Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee

The Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee was established pursuant to the Preserve's 2000 Recreational Off-road Vehicle Management Plan and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, to examine issues and make recommendations regarding the management of off-road vehicles within the national preserve.

The establishment of the Committee fulfills the requirements of the Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Plan and is consistent with the National Park Service policy of civic engagement. The Committee is comprised of individuals representing a broad range of backgrounds, knowledge and skills.

All meetings will be held at:
Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center
33000 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141

2014 Meeting Calendar
Meetings are from 3:30 to 8:00 pm on the following dates:
* Tuesday, April 22
* Tuesday, October 7

Committee Members
Franklin Adams * John Adornato * Brendan Barry * Ed Carlson * Brad Cornell * David Denham * Mike Duever * Edwin Everham * Manley Fuller * Karl Greer * Jorge Gutierrez * Chuck Hampton * Wayne Jenkins * Laurie Macdonald * Barbara Jean Powell * Jennifer Richards * Dennis Wilson

To submit general comments to the committee click here.

To submit requests for future agenda topics click here.

Click here to view the 2013 Off-Road Vehicile Advisory Committee Charter in its entirety.

Click here to view the Off-Road Vehicile Advisory Committee protocols.

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.