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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 »

NPS Working to Contain Lightning Caused Fire

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Date: April 28, 2011
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

The National Park Service is working to contain a lightning caused fire within Big Cypress National Preserve. It is believed the fire was ignited on Wednesday, April 28. It has burned approximately 3,000 acres as of today.

The fire is between the Buckskin and Oasis Trails in the heart of the Preserve, just south of an area locally known as Little Deer. There are private properties in the area, and it is the priority of the NPS to take appropriate management actions to protect properties when necessary.

In an effort to minimize risk and to ensure the safety of visitors and our employees the NPS is taking the measure to close the primary and secondary trails in the vicinity of the fire.

Further updates and maps will be posted here.

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.