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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 »

Campground Fees Implemented at Preserve

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Date: August 19, 2013
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Big Cypress National Preserve will implement new camping fees beginning October 1, 2013 for the various campgrounds. Fees will range from $10.00 per night for tent campsites and up to $30 per night for RV sites with hook-ups and at the newly designated Pinecrest Group Campground.  The RV dump station will charge $10 per use, for those not staying in a NPS campground. For details on campgrounds and pricing go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm.

Campsites can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling, toll free at - 877-444-6777. Reservations can be made beginning September 1, 2013 for any dates after October 1.

Midway and Monument Lake Campgrounds are currently designated fee areas. The remaining developed campgrounds: Burns Lake, Mitchell’s Landing, Bear Island and the Pink Jeep and Gator Head Backcountry Campgrounds in the Bear Island Unit will now charge for camping on a per night, year-round basis. The Pinecrest Campground will be converted to a group campground and will have associated fees as well.

One hundred percent of the camping fees will provide a vital source of revenue directly related to the operation of Big Cypress National Preserve campgrounds and our online reservation service.  The funds will support maintenance, ranger operations and campground hosts.

Fee rates are based on a study of comparable sites in the surrounding area to ensure that increases are appropriate and competitive with current market conditions.  Public meeting and comment periods were held with participation from local community members, campground users and local businesses. To review documents related to the public process go to - http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?projectID=39257

Those holding the Senior Pass (for U.S. residents age 62 and over) and Access Pass (for permanently disabled U.S. residents) of the "National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series" will receive a 50% discount on camping fees. For more about the program go to - http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm

Did You Know?

A purple galinule walking along spadder dock.

The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.