Prescribed fires are planned for the near future. Please the following link to learn more about specific dates and locations. 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 »
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 »
2014 ORV Permits On Sale
Contact: Bob Degross, 239-695-1107
Contact: ORV Office at Oasis, 239-695-1205
On Friday, December 13, 2013 the 2014 ORV permits for Big Cypress National Preserve will be on sale at the ORV Office located in the Oasis Visitor Center. Permits are valid from January 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015. A total of 2000 permits will be available for purchase throughout the permit period.
Beginning this year, the cost for the annual permit will increase to $100. One hundred percent of the ORV permit fee goes directly back to the operation of Big Cypress National Preserve off-road vehicle programs. The funds support trail maintenance, ranger operations and permitting.
Permit fees are based on the cost of operating and managing the Big Cypress's ORV program. Comparable analyses was completed of ORV trail systems managed privately, by state agencies and other federal public areas to insure that increases are appropriate and competitive with current market conditions.
For more information on ORV use within the preserve and permits required for this recreational access go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/
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."