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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 »

Mandatory Evacuation Lifted

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Date: June 1, 2007
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?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.