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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 »

  • 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 »

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?

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.