Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 3, 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 2. More »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. 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 11/30 and 12/1
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Big Cypress National Preserve will be conducting prescribed fires within the Turner River Unit on 11/30 and 12/1. The operation will take place east of Concho Billie Trail and north of Mud Lake and Mud Lake Bypass Trails.
Today, 11/30, crews will be securing fire lines and structures within the proposed burn area. On Thursday, 12/1 aerial ignition will be used while crews maintain the defined parameters of the fire.
Smoke dispersion is expected to be good with little to no effect on local communities or roadways. The operation will take place in dwarf cypress and pineland communities and is within a 7,000 acre perimeter.
To view a map of the project area click here.
Did You Know?
Ervin T. Rouse (1917-1981) wrote one of the most popular fiddling tunes of all time..."Orange Blossom Special"...about the luxury train from Orlando to Miami. He was a resident of the Loop Road area and a friend of the Seminoles.