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 Prepares for Tropical Storm Fay
Contact: Bob DeGross
Big Cypress National Preserve is preparing for landfall of Tropical Storm Fay. Effective 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2008 the Oasis Visitor Center and ORV Permit Office will be closed. All frontcountry campgrounds, including Midway, Pinecrest, Mitchell's Landing and Bear Island, will close as of 8:00 p.m. on August 17.
Facilities will remain closed until further notice as the threat of the storm passes and possible damage has been assessed.
Visitors will be allowed to access the backcountry of the preserve throughout this administrative closure. However, those venturing into the preserve should prepare for severe storm conditions, especially flooding, and keep themselves apprised of the location and movements of the tropical storm.
For further information on status of closure and details on when facilities may re-open please revisit the "News" page of the Preserve website.
Did You Know?
Before Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States designated Big Cypress as the country's first national preserve, in 1974, he worked as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, in 1936. He was the only US President to have worked for the National Park Service.