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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 »

Campgrounds

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Midway campground is very popular in January.
 


PLEASE NOTE: ALL CAMPGROUNDS REQUIRE A FEE TO CAMP.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR CAMPGROUND-SPECIFIC FEES.

 

Campgrounds may close seasonally, temporarily for repairs or for resource concerns. Information will be on the reservation website, or contact the Oasis Visitor Center at 239-695-1201, or Big Cypress Welcome Center at 239-695-4758 for campground information on closures.

Beginning October 1, 2013, the following fees for camping will apply. On September 1, 2013, reservations for camping can be made through www.recreation.gov. for any date after October 1.

Click on the links below for more information about specific campgrounds.

Click here for a downloadable brochure on camping at Big Cypress National Preserve.

Backcountry camping is also available. Please click here for more information.

Campground

# of sites

Availability

Drinking water

Dump Station*

Electrical Hookups

Restroom

Fee (per night)

Bear Island

40 Tent/RV

Varies**

No

No*

No

Vault Toilets

$10

Burns Lake

5 Tent/ 10 RV

Aug 15 -

Jan 26***

No

No*

No

Vault Toilets

$24

Gator Head

9 Tent

Aug 15 - Apr 15

No

No*

No

Vault Toilets

$10, ORV Permit Required

Midway

26 RV

10 Tent

Open

Year-round

Yes

Yes*

Yes

Yes

RV site $30; Tent site $24

Mitchell Landing

11 Tent/RV

Aug 15 - Apr 15

No

No*

No

Vault Toilets

$24

Monument Lake

26 RV

10 Tent

Aug 15 -

Apr 15

Yes

No*

No

Yes

RV site $28; Tent site $24

Pinecrest
Group Camping only

4 Group sites
(8 tents,
15people each)

Open

Year-round

No

No*

No

No

$30

Pink Jeep

9 Tent

Aug 15 - Apr 15

No

No*

No

Vault Toilets

$10, ORV Permit Required



*Dump stations are located at Midway Campground and at Dona Drive (2.5 miles east of SR 29 on US 41). Dump stations may be used free of charge by campers paying for National Park Service campgrounds within the national preserve. There is a $10 fee for those campers not paying for national preserve campgrounds.

**Bear Island campsites 1-12 are open year-round. Sites 13-40 are open August 15-April 15.

*** The Burns Lake area is open year round for day use and backcountry access parking.

Did You Know?

A young alligator emerges from its egg.

Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.