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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 »

  • Portion of Florida National Scenic Trail Closed

    Florida National Scenic Trail as well as its side trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the Orange Blossom Fire. More »

Multiple Fires Active in Preserve

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Date: June 15, 2011
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

There are currently four active fires within Big Cypress National Preserve. All are lightning caused fires that began on June 13, 2011. The fires are:

North Bundschu Fire - approximately 2,800 acres
South Bundschu Fire - approximately 900 acres
Kissimmee Billie Fire - approximately 25 acres
Oil Pad Fire - approximately 1,000 acres

You can find a map showing the approximate location of the fire activity by clicking here.

Due to the location of the Oil Pad Fire the Concho Billie, Windmill Tram and Burns Lake access points are closed to all backcountry activity.

Did You Know?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."