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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 11/30 and 12/1

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Date: November 30, 2011
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?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.