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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    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 Reopens to Visitors

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Date: October 17, 2013
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Big Cypress National Preserve re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can access the backcountry and other public areas  immediately while facilities and other services are brought back online. The preserve has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

“We are excited and happy to be back at work and welcome visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve,” said Superintendent Pedro Ramos. “Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy all that Big Cypress has to offer.”

With the lifting of the government shutdown campgrounds and wildlife viewing areas within the preserve will be open to the public. Additionally, backcountry access will resume, along with the continuation of the muzzleloading hunting season.

All permitted commercial operations will continue within the preserve, providing visitors with a variety of ways to explore and enjoy this special resource. For more information on permitted operators go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/parkmgmt/permitted-commercial-operators.htm

With the transition into the dry winter season the National Park Service is preparing to provide a variety of ranger led outdoor opportunities beginning in late November. You can find information on the activities at - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/upload/Draft-RLAS-2013-2014.pdf

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.