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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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    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

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Date: August 17, 2008
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?

Many large trees that did exist were harvested in the early 1900s.

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.