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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    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 »

40th Anniversary Celebration

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PRESERVE, PROTECT, ENJOY

Forty years ago, on October 11, 1974, President Gerald Ford signed the bill establishing Big Cypress National Preserve as the first national preserve in the National Park System.

The Big Cypress was created through a grassroots effort by many to ensure that the Big Cypress Swamp would be protected and enjoyed for generations to come.

In establishing Big Cypress National Preserve, Congress defined the national preserve's purpose as to:

"to assure the preservation, conservation, and protection of the natural, scenic, hydrologic, floral and faunal, and recreational values of the Big Cypress Watershed in the state of Florida and to provide for the enhancement and public safety thereof."

Whether you're a regular visitor, a national park traveler, or a virtual explorer, Big Cypress National Preserve hopes that our 40th anniversary will inspire you to experience and connect with the national preserve that has inspired 40 years of protection and that will continue to enchant and delight visitors and stewards for another 40 years!

 

 

SCHEDULED EVENTS

We invite you to join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Big Cypress National Preserve, throughout 2014.

More information will be provided as details are confirmed for events, so be sure to keep checking our schedule of events page for the latest!

 
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The captivating beauty of Big Cypress awaits your discovery. Explore YOUR national preserve!

Did You Know?

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Big Cypress National Preserve is big. REALLY BIG. With a total land area of 1,139 square miles, the state of Rhode Island can easily fit within its boundaries.