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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 »

  • 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 »

Landowners Meeting Specific to Preserve Addition

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Date: April 4, 2012
Contact: Christine Clark, 239-695-1153

In a continuing effort for open communication with landowners within the legislative boundaries of Big Cypress National Preserve, National Park Service staff will hold a meeting at the Big Cypress Sanctuary Airstrip (located in the Big Cypress Addition) on Monday evening, April 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

There are over 200 privately held parcels within the Addition of the Preserve. We hope to offer presentations on several topics of interest specifically to those who own property within the Big Cypress Addition. A variety of topics related to Preserve management will be covered, including implementation of the Preserve's Addition General Management Plan, the Hunt Management Plan, and the ORV Management Plan. Other topics will include the access point at Mile Marker 51 on Interstate 75, and the qualification process for Addition Landowners.

Did You Know?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.