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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 »

Fee Program Proposal Public Meetings

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Date: October 19, 2011
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Big Cypress National Preserve has been preparing a Fee Program Proposal to consider increasing existing camping fees at Monument Lake and Midway Campgrounds as well as dump station fees at Dona Drive and Midway Campgrounds. It will also propose incorporating the following campgrounds into the fee program: Bear Island Campground, Pink Jeep Backcountry Campground, Gator Head Backcountry Campground, Burns Lake Campground, Mitchell's Landing Campground and Pinecrest Campground. This proposal does not affect dispersed, backcountry camping.

As part of our public engagement process the Superintendent's Office will host public meetings from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at Edison State College, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida, and Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at Oasis Visitor Center, Big Cypress National Preserve, 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida.

The meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to review the draft proposal and provide comment and suggestions on changes prior to the creation of a final approved plan. Information will be provided regarding the current status of this effort, and NPS staff will be available to answer questions. The meetings will be held in an "open house" format. There will be a short introductory presentation at the beginning of each meeting, but you are invited to visit at any point during the scheduled time to review materials and provide comment.

You may review read ahead materials at - http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=39257

At the conclusion of the two meetings a 30 day comment period will commence from 11/3/11-12/2/11 during which the public may provide written comments to Preserve staff.

Did You Know?

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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.