Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 3, 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 2. 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 »
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 »
January Meeting of the Big Cypress ORV Advisory Committee
The Big Cypress National Preserve ORV Advisory Committee will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 beginning at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Preserve Headquarters Pavilion located at 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida.
The meeting will be open to the public, and time will be reserved for public comment.
Written comments for Advisory Committee consideration may be sent to: Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141–1000, Attn: ORV Advisory Committee. You may also submit suggestions for discussion topics by clicking here. Further information, including the meeting agenda and other pertinent read-ahead material, can be linked to from this site as well, or contact Preserve staff at 239-695-1103.
Future meetings and locations are scheduled for:
Tuesday, March 24, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m., Big Cypress National Preserve Headquarters
Tuesday, May 19, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m., Everglades City Community Center
Tuesday, July 21, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m., Everglades City Community Center
Tuesday, September 15, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m., Everglades City Community Center
Tuesday, December 1, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m., Big Cypress National Preserve Headquarters
Future press releases will be sent as meeting dates approach.
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.
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.