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 »
New Deputy Superintendent to Begin Work at Preserve
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Superintendent Pedro Ramos has selected Mr. JD Lee as the new Deputy Superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve. Mr. Lee will begin work at the Preserve on 06/22/09.
"JD brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge to this assignment. With over two decades of experience and success in the NPS and personal knowledge of the Preserve, JD will immediately add value to the many ongoing efforts including the General Management Planning process and the implementation of our ORV Management Plan." stated Ramos.
Lee comes to the position from the National Park Service's Intermountain Region where he served as the regional Chief Ranger since 2006. Previously Lee worked at Gulf Islands National Seashore in northern Florida from 2003 - 2006 and at Big Cypress National Preserve from 1999 to 2003. He worked as the Chief Ranger at both park units and has been a National Park Service ranger for 22 years.
Lee and his family are looking forward to living and working in southwest Florida and the Preserve.
Did You Know?
HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.