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 Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Rehabilitation and Repair of Loop Road
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the rehabilitation and repair of approximately 16.5 miles of Loop Road to improve drainage, replace pavement, and repair damage caused by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Work will include replacing and installing additional culverts, raising some portions of the road, and replacing existing pavement. There will be no paving of gravel sections or changes in road width. Additional details can be found here.
As part of the EA scoping process, we are soliciting your comments concerning issues and alternatives you would like us to consider and your rationale for suggesting they be analyzed. Please submit your comments by March 25, 2010, either online at the above website or by mailing to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000.
Did You Know?
Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives. More...