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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 »

60-Day Recreational ORV Closure Lifted

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Date: July 29, 2013
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

On Friday, August 2, 2013 the 60-day recreational off-road vehicle closure will be lifted in Big Cypress National Preserve. This is an annual closure that is described within the Recreational ORV Access Plan. Upon reopening for recreational ORV access numerous trails in the Turner River and Corn Dance Units of the Preserve will remain closed until further environmental analysis of the trails is completed. People wishing to access the modified trail system should carefully review the most up-to-date maps of open designated trails. Maps can be reviewed by clicking here, or be picked up from the ORV office located at the Oasis Visitor Center.

Campgrounds in the Preserve will be opening through the month of August. Currently Midway Campgroun and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are open. On August 20 Mitchell's Landing Campground on Loop Road will re-open. Monument Lake Campground will open on August 28, and Burns Lake will open on August 29. Other campgrounds in the Bear Island Unit will open as the need arises. For more information on campgrounds in the Preserve click here.

Did You Know?


Big Cypress National Preserve is big. REALLY BIG. With a total land area of 1,139 square miles, the state of Rhode Island can easily fit within its boundaries.