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 »
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 »
Commercial Air Tour Voluntary Agreements Available for Review
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) announce the availability of two draft voluntary agreements for commercial air tour operations at Big Cypress National Preserve.
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 allows the FAA and NPS to enter into a voluntary agreement with a commercial air tour operator as an alternative to an Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP). A voluntary agreement manages commercial air tour operations over the national park unit and addresses management issues necessary to protect the resources and visitor use of the park without compromising aviation safety or the air traffic control system. The FAA and NPS have decided to pursue voluntary agreements, as an alternative to an ATMP, at the Preserve.
The voluntary agreements establish conditions for the conduct of air tours over the Preserve. These conditions include routes and altitudes, number of operations, type of aircraft, hours of operations, and reporting requirements. Copies of the draft voluntary agreements are available at http://parkplanning.nps.
If you have questions, please contact Vicki Ward, Overflights Program Manager, National Park Service 970-267-2117 or Keith Lusk, Program Manager, Federal Aviation Administration 310-725-3808.
Did You Know?
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.