03/23/2012 Zone 4 Closure
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2012 the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions.
This will begin the 60 day recreational off-road vehicle (ORV) closure for this management unit within the Preserve. Pending water levels, this unit will re-open to access by airboats on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
All other management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access remain open through Sunday, June 3, 2012. On Monday, June 4 the regularly scheduled 60 day ORV closure for these units will begin with ORV access being re-opened on Friday, August 3.
The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a 60 seasonal closure to allow a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. The ORV closure within Big Cypress National Preserve was first instituted in 2002.
Landowners, and their guests, that hold special use permits to access private properties within the Preserve will retain continued access to property along approved routes.
Zone 4 of the Stairsteps Unit of the Preserve allows for access via airboats only. The Bear Island, Turner River and Corn Dance Units, and Zones 2 and 3 of the Stairsteps Unit provide for access by specified, wheeled ORVs.
For information on other closures click here.
Did You Know?
Within the preserve, the HP Williams and Oasis Wildlife Viewing Platforms are popular areas to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically from January through May. Remeber not to feed or approach these dangerous animals.