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 »
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 »
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
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?
Do not feed wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.