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 »
Zone 4 Closure
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Beginning 12:01 a.m. Monday April 11, 2011 the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions.
This will begin the 60 day recreational off-road vehicle (ORV) closure for this management unit within the Preserve. Pending water levels, this unit will re-open to access by airboats on Friday, June 10, 2011.
All other management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access remain open through Sunday, June 5, 2011. On Monday, June 6 the regularly scheduled 60 day ORV closure for these units will begin with ORVaccess being re-opened on Friday, August 5.
The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a 60 seasonal closure to allow a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. The ORV closure within Big Cypress National Preserve was first instituted in 2002.
Landowners, and their guests, that hold special use permits to access private properties within the Preserve will retain continued access to property along approved routes.
Zone 4 of the Stairsteps Unit of the Preserve allows for access via airboats only. The Bear Island, Turner River and Corn Dance Units, and Zones 2 and 3 of the Stairsteps Unit provide for access by specified, wheeled ORVs.
For information on other closures go here.
Did You Know?
Before Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States designated Big Cypress as the country's first national preserve, in 1974, he worked as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, in 1936. He was the only US President to have worked for the National Park Service.