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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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 »

Loop Road Re-opened

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Date: November 13, 2008
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Due to water levels subsiding the Loop Road within Big Cypress National Preserve will re-open as of Friday, November 14. Visitors to the area should be aware that recent flooding has left the road in poor condition. Those driving the road should use caution, a high clearance vehicle is recommended.

The National Park Service will be undertaking repair work along the road to maintain the roadbed and the character of the roadway. This work is anticipated to take place throughout 2009.

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