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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    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 »

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?

Alligator in the swamp.

HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.