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 »
Mandatory Evacuation Lifted
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
As of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2007, Pedro Ramos, Acting Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, lifted the mandatory evacuation that was in place for portions of the Preserve due to heavy fire activity.
Residents that have camps within the Addition Lands north of I-75 and west of Turner River Road, and those camp owners within the Bear Island Unit may now access their properties. This mandatory evacuation did not apply to any other residences within the Preserve.
The closure related to recreational access into all areas of the Preserve north of I-75, and Addition Land areas south of I-75 and east of Turner River Road remains in place.
Did You Know?
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.