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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 »

Prescribed Fire Activity Next Week

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Date: December 2, 2011
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

December 6 through 8, 2011 - Prescribed fire activity continues in the vicinity east of Concho Billie Trail and north of Mud Lake and Mud Lake Bypass Trails (see map here.) Burning will take place during the middle of the week to minimize conflict with weekend visitation. Last week crews were able to burn within 2,000 acres of the southern portion of the proposed 7,000 acre operational area.

Did You Know?

A purple galinule walking along spadder dock.

The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.