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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 »

Travelers Advisory Portions of Loop Road Flooded

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Date: September 11, 2008
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Recent rains from Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Ike have inundated portions of the scenic Loop Road within Big Cypress National Preserve with water. Due to the current conditions the National Park Service (NPS) is posting a travelers advisory, strongly discouraging travel along the roadway for all but local residents. If travel along the road is necessary, the use of high clearance vehicles is strongly suggested. This travelers advisory will only pertain to that twelve mile portion of the road maintained by the NPS, the portion of the road within Monroe County. Currently there is approximately seven to eight miles of the NPS roadway with four or more inches of water covering the road. The NPS is closely monitoring the situation and will lift the advisory when conditions warrant.

Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

Feeding alligators creates nuisance alligators. Every year alligators that have been fed by visitors begin to lose their fear of humans. If these animals become aggresive they are killed to ensure visitor safety. To avoid this tragic end for these unique animals DO NOT FEED THEM.