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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
2013 Winners Announced for Annual Big Cypress Poetry Contest
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165
In honor of National Poetry Month, Big Cypress National Preserve held its inaugural poetry contest. There was an overwhelming level of interest, which made the selection process challenging, but very enjoyable. The winners were selected by the employees of Big Cypress, based on relevance to the Preserve and artistic merit.
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.
The first, second and third place finishers are below:
The sky is awash in a golden glow
I look on ….
I wonder about the stories interlaced in the tides
As I take in the last rays of the setting sun
Belly flat, rough planks eroding my elbows.
My eye brings the moving mass into sharp relief,
A hundred clicks, then a hundred more. I had captured his companion's smile
He slips silently across the top of the dark brine, nosing the rim where
The burning orb is almost extinguished now, shadows long. What little light remains
When the peace in me
While we searched for clues
Cypress trunks resemble aged ball gowns,
Brown hands bent pliable shoots to mark these trails
Feel who treaded soaked ground.
Step into Florida's shelter.
Did You Know?
Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."