Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
Campfire Ban in Effect.
Due to severe fire conditions campfires restrictions are currently in place. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. More »
December 6 ORV Advisory Committee
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Advisory Committee (ORVAC) will meet at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141 from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, December 6.
Members of the committee include Franklin Adams; John Adornato; Robin Barnes; Jim Coletta; Brad Cornell; David Denham; Edwin Everham; Manley Fuller; Jorge Gutierrez; Karl Greer; Chuck Hampton; Wayne Jenkins; Laurie Macdonald; Barbara Jean Powell; Jenny Richards; Dennis Wilson and, Curt Witthoff.
For more details about the ORVAC, meeting agendas and minutes, or to submit agenda items at - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/parkmgmt/orv-advisory-committee.htm. Comments and requests may also be submitted in writing to - Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141, Attn: ORV Advisory Committee.
The ORV Advisory Committee was established pursuant to the Preserve's 2000 Recreational Off-road Vehicle Management Plan and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 to examine issues and make recommendations regarding the management of ORVs within the Preserve.
The establishment of the Committee fulfills the National Park Service's policy of civic engagement. It is envisioned that the committee will strengthen the relationship that the NPS has with its partners and communities. The Committee will be comprised of individuals that represent (1) sportsmen / ORV users; (2) landowners; (3) academia; (4) environmental advocates; (5) the State government, and (6) tribal governments.
Did You Know?
Within the preserve, the HP Williams and Oasis Wildlife Viewing Platforms are popular areas to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically from January through May. Remeber not to feed or approach these dangerous animals.