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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    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 Staff Monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac

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Date: August 23, 2012
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Hurricane Season Rhyme
"June - Too Soon
July - Standby
August - You must
September - Remember
October - It's all over"

The current track of Tropical Storm Isaac has the potential to impact the southwest coast of Florida. National Park Service staff at Big Cypress National Preserve are monitoring the storm closely. If the storm continues on its current projected track steps may be taken to close all visitor facilities within the Preserve, including access to the backcountry, some time during mid-day on Saturday. If the track moves further from the coast in subsequent storm up-dates the likelihood of a closure may be diminished.

An up-date to this notice will be provided tomorrow as decisions are made with the latest storm data. For storm information click here.

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.