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 »
Big Cypress Kicks off National Poetry Month with a Poetry Contest
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165
April is National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than with a poetry contest? Big Cypress National Preserve invites submissions for the first annual Big Cypress National Preserve poetry contest. Participants are encouraged to explore the Preserve, and write about their experiences.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and poems will be displayed on the Preserve website, and Facebook page throughout the months of April and May. Winners will be selected by the staff of Big Cypress National Preserve by April 20.
Please mail poems to:
Or, email your poetry to:email@example.com
For additional information, please contact the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome center at 239-695-4758.
Did You Know?
Before Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States designated Big Cypress as the country's first national preserve, in 1974, he worked as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, in 1936. He was the only US President to have worked for the National Park Service.