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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

Tropical Storm Isaac Closure

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Date: August 25, 2012
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Big Cypress National Preserve has been actively monitoring and preparing for potential impacts due to Tropical Storm Isaac. Due to the impending storm, the preserve will implement temporary closures. Beginning at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 25 all licensed commercial services and visitor services in the preserve, and recreational access to the backcountry will be suspended until the passage of the storm.

These closures are conducted in the interest of public safety, and to ensure preserve staff concentrates completely on securing and protecting preserve resources and facilities.

The preserve is expected to reopen and resume routine operations once the storm has passed and conditions are safe.

For details on storm activity click here.

Did You Know?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."