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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 »

  • 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 »

Bear Island Campground

 

Open
Sites 1-12 are open year-round.
Sites 13-40 are open August 15-April 15.

Details
Primitive campground with no water. Vault toilets available. Forty designated sites. Access to the Bear Island Campground is at the end of a 20-mile secondary gravel road. Located nearby are Gator Head (9 sites) and Pink Jeep (9 sites) Campgrounds.

For a map of the Bear Island Unit showing trails and campgrounds click here.

The maximum length of stay for any camping activity within the national preserve is 180 days in a 12-month period.

Fees
Tent site $10 per night / $5 with a Senior or Access Pass

To reserve your site, please use www.recreation.gov

Campground Regulations
For your safety and enjoyment, and the protection of national preserve resources, please abide by campground regulations. more....

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.