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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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

    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 »

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?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.