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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 »

Preparing for Tropical Storm Isaac

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Date: August 24, 2012
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

National Park Service staff at Big Cypress National Preserve continue to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Isaac. The NPS is preparing facilities for tropical weather. At this time there are no Preserve related closures in place.

If the storm continues on its current projected track steps may be taken to close all visitor facilities within the Preserve, including recreational access to the backcountry, some time during mid-day Saturday or later. If the track moves further from the coast in subsequent storm up-dates the likelihood of a closure may be diminished.

An up-date to this notice will be provided tomorrow as decisions are made with the latest storm data. You may also contact the Oasis Visitor Center at 239-695-1201 or 1205, or the Welcome Center at 239-695-4758 for further information.

For the latest storm information go to - http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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."