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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 »

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?

A great white heron scratches its neck. Notice the color of the legs.

The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.