Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »
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 »
All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. 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 »
National Preserve Prepares for Ernesto
Big Cypress National Preserve prepares for landfall of the tropical system "Ernesto". Effective 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 28, 2006 the Big Cypress National Preserve Visitor Center and administrative facilities will be closed.
All frontcountry campgrounds, which include Bear Island, Pinecrest, Mitchell's Landing and Midway, will be closed as of 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Additionally, all recreational backcountry access into the preserve will be closed at the same time.
Once the closure is in effect, it will remain in place until the National Park Service assesses damage following the storm, or believes that the threat of the storm has passed. Recorded updates will be posted on the following preserve telephone numbers: 239-695-1201 or 239-695-2000.
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Did You Know?
Do not feed wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.