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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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Backcountry Access Point Work

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Date: August 8, 2013
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

There are currently improvements being made to the Monroe Station, Skillet Strand North and Pace's Dike recreational access points within Big Cypress National Preserve. The final facilities will allow for parking off main roadways and right-of ways. The work was described in an environmental analysis that can be found by clicking here. It is anticipated that the work will continue through mid-October of this year.

Beginning Friday, August 30 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wildlife check station and the parking to access the Monroe North Trail, which is typically located at Monroe Station, will be moved to the Monument Lake Campground. 

During the work nominal parking will be available at Pace's Dike, Skillet Strand, and Monroe Station for those accessing the Monroe South Trail.

Did You Know?

A young alligator emerges from its egg.

Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.