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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 »

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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.

December 23, 2013
Comment Period Extended for Backcountry Access Plan Scoping
Superintendent Pedro Ramos announced that Big Cypress National Preserve has extended 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 extended until February 28th, 2014 in response to a request from the public for additional time to review and comment on the scoping newsletter.

December 20, 2013
Starry, Starry Nights - Big Cypress Announces Winter 2014, Astronomy Programs
View one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States this winter by attending ranger-led astronomy programs at Big Cypress National Preserve.

December 18, 2013
FWC, USFWS & Partners Offer Reward for Information about Suspicious Panther Death
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, National Park Service, and US Fish & Wildlife Service are looking for help from the public with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a Florida panther that was recently found dead in the Turner River Unit of Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County.

December 08, 2013
Reward Offered for Information Regarding Florida Panther Death
The National Park Service is requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a Florida Panther that was recently found dead.

December 04, 2013
Fire Crews Prepare for 2014 Prescribed Fire Season
Big Cypress National Preserve anticipates burning approximately 20,000 acres in 2014, and potentially more, as conditions and funding allow. There are four areas Big Cypress will be focusing on in the coming year.

December 03, 2013
2014 ORV Permits On Sale
On Friday, December 13, 2013 the 2014 ORV permits for Big Cypress National Preserve will be on sale at the ORV Office located in the Oasis Visitor Center. Permits are valid from January 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015.

November 19, 2013
Public Comment Sought for a New Preserve Backcountry Access Planning Effort
The National Park Service (NPS), in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), plans to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) in association with the preparation of a backcountry access plan for Big Cypress National Preserve.

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.

November 07, 2013
Preserve Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Copeland Prairie Mitigation Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to implement a plan to enhance wetlands in a 325-acre portion of Copeland Prairie in Big Cypress National Preserve that if implemented would reverse much of the adverse hydrologic and ecological impact caused by construction of road-related infrastructure in the last century.

November 07, 2013
3rd Annual Swamp Heritage Festival
Join us on December 7, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center as we celebrate the history and culture of South Florida for the third annual Swamp Heritage Festival.

October 24, 2013
New Access Parking Facilities Completed
The National Park Service recently completed new backcountry access parking facilities at Monroe Station, Skillet Strand North and Paces Dike trailheads within Big Cypress National Preserve. The access facilities will be open for public use on November 1, 2013. The facilities provide safer parking opportunities off the adjacent roadways and access to the associated off-road vehicle trails into the backcountry.

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.

October 18, 2013
Hunt season modified at Big Cypress WMA
The National Park Service (NPS) at Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have worked cooperatively to modify the hunting seasons within the Big Cypress Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

October 17, 2013
Big Cypress Reopens to Visitors
Big Cypress National Preserve re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can access the backcountry and other public areas immediately while facilities and other services are brought back online.

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.

August 14, 2013
August 2013, Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting
The next Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held on Wednesday, August 28, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

April 22, 2013
2013 Winners Announced for Annual Big Cypress Poetry Contest
The winners of the 2013, Poetry Contest have been announced!

April 15, 2013
The Preserve Now Accepting Applications for 2013 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program
Big Cypress is now accepting applications for the 2013 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program. Applications must be received by May 13, 2013.

April 01, 2013
Artists Selected for the 2013-2014 Artist-In-Residence Program
Five talented artists have been selected for the 2013-2014 Artist-In-Residence program.

Did You Know?

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Big Cypress National Preserve is big. REALLY BIG. With a total land area of 1,139 square miles, the state of Rhode Island can easily fit within its boundaries.