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 »
Ranger-led Activity Schedule, 2013-2014
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Get out and explore!
The schedule for winter ranger-led activities at Big Cypress National Preserve has been released. Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the national preserve by taking part in a swamp-walk, talk, guided canoe trip, and more. Now is a great time to get outside and explore the national preserve and see its wildlife. This season's ranger-led activities will run from November 23 through April 13.
Ranger-led programs are offered at various locations and cover a wide range of topics, including: plants, animals, human history, and more. All ranger-led programs are free. Check the schedule posted at visitor centers and bulletin boards throughout Big Cypress for times, places, and subject.
Visitors are reminded to be prepared when participating in ranger-led activities, especially guided hikes. Sturdy foot wear, such as closed-toed shoes is essential for hiking in the swamp. Bring plenty of water and food for the length of the hike. Weather can change quickly, so be prepared by bringing rain gear. Children are welcome at all interpretive programs, but must be accompanied by an adult.
To make reservations, please call 239-695-4758. Reservations are accepted up to 14 days in advance of the activity date.
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Did You Know?
Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.