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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    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 »

Appointment System Implemented for Off-Road Vehicle Inspections

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Date: October 24, 2013
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Off-Road Vehicle Office, 239-695-1205

Effective November 1, 2013, the Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Office will be implementing an appointment-based system for off-road vehicle inspections. Inspections will be performed Thursday through Sunday 12:30-4:00 pm.

Appointments can be made by calling the Off-Road Vehicle Office at 239-695-1205. Walk-in inspections will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis Thursday through Sunday 9:00-12:00 pm.

An appointment-based system is necessary to ensure quality visitor service.

To learn more about off-road vehicle use at Big Cypress National Preserve, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/orv-use.htm

Did You Know?

Researchers gather data from a bear that was removed as a nuisance.

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.