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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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July 30, 2014
"Another Path" Art Exhibition
Another Path artist exhibition showcases Tom Weinkle’s inspired work while he was an Artist-In-Residence at Big Cypress for five weeks during January and February 2012.

July 28, 2014
Off-Road Vehicle Trails Open Following 2014 60-Day Closure
Off-road vehicle (ORV) use for swamp buggies, street legal 4x4s, ATVs, and UTVs will resume within Big Cypress National Preserve on Friday, August 1, 2014. This will mark the end of the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure. When the 60-day closure is lifted 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.

July 22, 2014
Tourism to South Florida National Parks Creates $206 Million in Economic Benefits and Over 2,700 Jobs
A new National Park Service report shows that over two and a half million visitors to the national parks in South Florida, spent $206 million last year in surrounding communities. That spending supported over 2,700 jobs in South Florida. The report shows numbers specific to Big Cypress National Preserve included a total of 1,007,789 visitors that spent an estimated $75,954,700 in South Florida communities and created approximately 997 jobs.

July 21, 2014
Turner River Paddle Route and Zone 4 Airboat Access Open Today
Water levels within Big Cypress National Preserve have rebounded to allow for canoe/kayak access along the Turner River and airboat access into Zone 4 of the Stairsteps Unit. Access to both areas of the Preserve will resume as of today, Monday, July 21, 2014.

May 27, 2014
Finding of No Significant Impact Signed Related to Hunting Management Plan Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) has selected alternative 3 of the Hunting Management Plan Environmental Assessment for implementation. Under the selected alternative, the NPS and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), will cooperate to implement an adaptive management strategy to manage hunting in the Preserve.

May 23, 2014
2014 Annual ORV Closure
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 2, the regularly scheduled 60-day ORV closure for management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will be implemented. This closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1.

May 22, 2014
Art of the Swamp at Big Cypress Visitor Centers
Even during the humid months of summer there is much to see and do at Big Cypress National Preserve. Stop by our visitor center auditoriums to take in the beauty of big cypress-while indoors!

May 08, 2014
Winners Announced In Second Annual Big Cypress Poetry Contest
In honor of National Poetry Month, Big Cypress National Preserve held its second annual poetry contest during the month of April.

April 01, 2014
2014 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2014, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions.This will begin the 60-day recreational off-road vehicle (ORV) closure for this management unit within the Preserve. Pending water levels, this unit will re-open to access by airboats on Friday, June 6, 2014.

March 25, 2014
Commercial Air Tour Voluntary Agreements Available for Review
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) announce the availability of two draft voluntary agreements for commercial air tour operations at Big Cypress National Preserve.

March 20, 2014
Public Scoping Workshop Dates Announced For Backcountry Access Plan
The public is invited to attend a public scoping workshop at which you will have the opportunity to discuss the plan with National Park Service staff and provide input regarding backcountry access into the Preserve and the scope, issues, and alternatives to be addressed in the plan.

March 17, 2014
2014 ORV Advisory Committee Meetings
The 2014 Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meetings for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held on Tuesdays, April 22 and October 7, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

March 12, 2014
Comment Period Reopened for Backcountry Access Plan Scoping
Acting Superintendent J. D. Lee announced today that Big Cypress National Preserve has reopened the public scoping period for a backcountry access plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The comment period will be open until May 11, 2014.

March 06, 2014
Preserve Seeking Public Comments on Copeland Prairie Mitigation Plan Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service is seeking public comments on a Copeland Prairie Mitigation Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) for Big Cypress National Preserve.

March 05, 2014
Turner River Closure Due to Low Water Levels
Effective close of business March 10, 2014, Turner River canoe launch will be closed to all activities due to low water levels.

February 28, 2014
Second Annual Poetry Contest Announced
April is National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than with a poetry contest?

February 19, 2014
Artists Selected for the 2014-2015 Artist-In-Residence Program
Five talented artists have been selected for the 2014-2015 Artist-In-Residence program.

February 10, 2014
Artist-In-Residence Artist Demonstration, with Ramona Maziarz
On February 14, 2014, current Artist-In-Residence Ramona Maziarz, will hold a pen and ink workshop demonstrating her medium and techniques.

January 21, 2014
Turner River Travel Advisory Due to Low Water
Effective close of business January 20, 2014, Turner River canoe launch will be closed to commercial operations and ranger-led activities due to receding water levels.

November 14, 2013
Ranger-led Activity Schedule, 2013-2014
Get out and Explore! Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Big Cypress National Preserve by taking part in a ranger-led program.

November 14, 2013
Artist-In-Residence Artist Demonstration
On November 16, 2013, current Artist-In-Residence Anna Marie Pavlik, will hold a printmaking, etching and stratography demonstrating her medium and techniques.

October 24, 2013
Appointment System Implemented for Off-Road Vehicle Inspections
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.

September 05, 2013
Big Cypress Now Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 Artist-In-Residence Program
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the national preserve's inspiring landscape.

Did You Know?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."