Prescribed fires are planned for the near future. Please the following link to learn more about specific dates and locations. 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 »
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 »
Experience Your National Parks During National Park Week
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165
In celebration of National Park Week, Big Cypress National Preserve will offer ranger-led programs on April 23-25, 2012. Topics vary from butterflies, reptiles and guided canoe programs.
For programs on April 23 and 25, please meet at the Oasis Visitor Center auditorium at 1:00 p.m. Programs will last approximately one hour. Ranger-led canoe trips will be conducted on April 24, and will last two hours, with one starting at 10:00 a.m. and one starting at 1:00 p.m.
National Park Week is a celebration of "America's best idea." From April 21-29, entrance fees are waived at those National Park System units that charge such fees.
"America's national parks offer something for everyone," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and see where history happened. And, since admission is free to all 397 parks, all week long, National Park Week is a great time to get up, get out, and explore a park."
For canoe program reservations, call the welcome center at 239 695-4758, from 9:00-4:30. For general information, please visit the Preserve website at www.nps.gov/bicy.
Did You Know?
Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives. More...