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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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?
Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.