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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. 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?

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."