Prescribed fires are planned for the near future. Please the following link to learn more about specific dates and locations. More »
Turner River Closure
Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »
Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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?
Ervin T. Rouse (1917-1981) wrote one of the most popular fiddling tunes of all time..."Orange Blossom Special"...about the luxury train from Orlando to Miami. He was a resident of the Loop Road area and a friend of the Seminoles.