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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 »

Park Statistics

National Park Service sites receive approximately 280 million visitors each year. The Public Use Statistics Office website provides historic and current visitor use statistics for 374 of the 400+ units included in the National Park System (statistics are not available for some areas; for example, those with joint administration of federal and non-federal lands).

Click here to be transferred to the National Park Service Public Use Statistics Office.

 

 
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Total land area for Rhode Island: 1,045 square miles
Total land area for Big Cypress National Preserve: 1,139 square miles

GROSS AREA
729,000 acres, or 1,139 square miles (roughly the size of Rhode Island).

 

VISITATION
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2013 - 1,005,074
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2012 - 882,570
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2011 - 941,393
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2010 - 665,523
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2009 - 812,207
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2008 - 813,790
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2007 - 822,864
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2006 - 825,857
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2005 - 768,687
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2004 - 385,194
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2003 - 400,902
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2002 - 449,481
Total Recreation Visits for FY 2001 - 409,771

(FY = fiscal year)

Did You Know?

A purple galinule walking along spadder dock.

The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.