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 »
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 »
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 »
Turner River Closure Due to Low Water Levels
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Effective close of business March 10, 2014, Turner River canoe launch will be closed to all activities due to low water levels.
This management action is being implemented to minimize potential impacts to the resource and ensure a quality visitor experience.
Commercial operators who are permitted to use Halfway Creek have moved their operations to that site. The National Park Service recommends that all other visitors use Halfway Creek as an alternative to Turner River.
For information on canoe trails within Big Cypress, please click here.
For more information, please call our visitor centers at 239-695-4758, or 239-695-1201.
Did You Know?
Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives. More...