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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    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 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.