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 »
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 »
Preserve Announces Annual ORV Closure
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Beginning on Monday, June 7, 2010 the annual 60-day Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) closure will be implemented within Big Cypress National Preserve. ORV access will be re-opened on Friday, August 6, 2010.
Upon reopening access in August all ORV use within the Turner River Unit of the Preserve will be along designated primary and secondary trails only. Preserve staff are currently working on marking the trail system within the unit and maps of the designated trails will be available at the Oasis ORV Office and on the Preserve website prior to August 6.
The National Park Service continues to move towards ORV use along designated trails only within the Preserve. Presently, designated ORV trail use is required within Zones 2, 3 and 4 of the Stairsteps Unit, and within the Bear Island Unit of the Preserve.
The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a sixty-day seasonal closure to allow for a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. The off-road vehicle closure within Big Cypress National Preserve was first instituted in 2002.
Landowners that hold special use permits to access their private properties within the Preserve will retain continued access to their property along approved routes.
Zone 4 of the Stairsteps Unit of the Preserve allows for access via airboats only. The Bear Island, Turner River and Corn Dance Units, and Zones 2 and 3 of the Stairsteps Unit provide for access by specified, wheeled ORVs.
Did You Know?
There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name actually refers to the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.