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 »
Secondary Trail Closure
Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days 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 »
August 2013, Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The next Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held on Wednesday, August 28, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center auditorium at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141.
The remaining meeting for 2013, will be held on Tuesday, November 5. All meetings will be held at the same time and location, unless otherwise announced prior to the meeting.
For more details about the committee meeting agendas and minutes, or to submit agenda items click
Comments and requests may also be submitted in writing to:
Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141
Attn: Superintendent, Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee
For the agenda and read ahead material, please click here.
The Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee was established pursuant to the Preserve's 2000 Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, to examine issues and make recommendations regarding the management of Off-Road Vehicles within the Preserve.
The establishment of the committee fulfills the requirements of the Preserve's Off Road Vehicle Plan and is consistent with the National Park Service policy of civic engagement. The Committee is comprised of individuals representing a broad range of backgrounds, knowledge and skills.
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.