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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 »

2010 Fires and Related Closures

May 26
Fire activity described below was canceled due to poor wind conditions.

May 26
If conditions remain favorable the fire crew will be conducting a prescribed fire in an area south of U.S. 41, east of the Preserve Headquarters complex and west of Burns Lake Road. For a general area map click here.

April 22
If conditions allow prescribed fire activity may take place in the Lostmen's area south of Loop Road today. A total of 4,000 acres may be treated. Activity may take place along the Lostmen's Airboat Trail.

April 16
Pending weather conditions the Fire Division of the Preserve will be conducting prescribed fire activity in the following areas: In the Little Deer area south of Mud Lake, east of Monument and west of Buckskin and also the area near the Little Deer landing strip; near the Frank Camp and surrounding pine islands; near the Buckskin/Monument intersection west.

Approximately 5,000 acres will be treated to reduce hazardous fuels.

January 13, 2010 Prescribed Fire Activity

Did You Know?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.