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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 »

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?

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.