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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

Turner River Travel Advisory Due to Low Water

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Date: January 21, 2014
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Effective close of business January 20, 2014, Turner River canoe launch will be closed to commercial operations and ranger-led activities due to receding water levels.

This management action is being implemented to minimize potential impacts to the resource and ensure a quality visitor experience.

Commercial operators that are permitted to use Halfway Creek will move their operations to that site.

To assist in minimizing impacts 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.

 
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Did You Know?

Researchers gather data from a bear that was removed as a nuisance.

Do not feed wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.