Prescribed fires are planned for the near future. Please the following link to learn more about specific dates and locations. More »
Turner River Closure
Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »
Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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 »
Why Do I Need To Fill Out a Backcountry Permit?
Permits are free and can be filled out on-line and printed. Additionally, they are located at every backcountry trailhead and you can get them at the visitor centers. The permits take only a few minutes to complete.
If filling out a permit on-line and printing from home, here's what you do-
Things to Remember
Backcountry permits provide the National Park Service with vital visitor use statistics and use patterns. The time you take to fill out the permit will provide the Preserve with better user information.
The ability of the Preserve to manage for a satisfying, safe visitor experience depends on how much the Preserve knows about the use of an area. The data collected from backcountry permits provides information which the Preserve uses for management decisions.
Did You Know?
The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.