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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 »

Zone 4 Remains Closed Due to Low Water

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Date: June 10, 2011
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Due to dry conditions Zone 4 of the Stairsteps Unit within Big Cypress National Preserve will remain closed until further notice. The area was scheduled to reopen on Friday, June 10, 2011 following the annual 60-day recreational access ORV closure. After consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the National Park Service (NPS) has determined that dry conditions hinder safe travel within the zone. Recreational off-road vehicle use within this unit is allowed by airboat only. The NPS will continue consultation with the FWC and monitoring water levels to determine when safe travel can resume and the area will reopen for recreational access.

For more information on hydrologic conditions in South Florida go to - http://www.gohydrology.org/

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