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 »
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 Seeking Input on Future of Commercial Services
Contact: Christine Clark, 239-695-1153
Big Cypress National Preserve, a unit of the National Park Service, is seeking public input on the future of commercial services within the Preserve. The NPS is in the process of developing a Commercial Services Plan (CSP) which will outline future opportunities for establishing types and levels of commercial activities necessary and appropriate within the boundary of the original Preserve. Commercial Services in the Preserve Addition will not be addressed until the General Management Plan for that area is completed, in mid 2009.
Preserve planners have developed preliminary alternatives using NPS policy and public input received during the last public comment period, in June, 2006. A newsletter describing these preliminary alternatives can be found at - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/parkmgmt/commercial-services-plan.htm
A comment form and downloadable newsletter are also available at parkplanning.nps.gov by clicking on Plans/Documents Open for Comment, and choosing Big Cypress National Preserve. You may submit your comments directly on-line at this location. Mailed copies of the newsletter are available by calling 239-695-1103.
Comments will also be accepted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail at Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail, East, Ochopee, FL 34141. All comments must be received by November 30, 2007.
The National Park Service will be hosting two open houses, and the public is welcome to attend throughout the evening to discuss the preliminary alternatives and to speak one-on-one with NPS staff. The open houses will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:
- Ochopee — November 7, 2007, Big Cypress National Preserve Headquarters Pavilion, 33100 Tamiami Trail, East
- Naples — November 8, 2007, Edison College, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway, Holland Salley Auditorium
Comments received during this time will be used to further develop the draft alternatives, resulting in the Draft Commercial Services Plan and Environmental Assessment, which will be finalized released in early Spring 2008.
For additional information contact Christine Clark, Management Assistant at 239-695-1153.
Did You Know?
HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.