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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 »

Closures

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MILE MARKER 63 (LOCATED ON INTERSTATE 75)
The rest area facility and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 on Interstate 75 will be closed from summer of 2013 through fall of 2014. For more information click here.


ANNUAL 60-DAY OFF-ROAD VEHICLE CLOSURE
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions.This will begin the 60-day recreational off-road vehicle (ORV) closure for this management unit within the Preserve. Pending water levels, this unit will re-open to access by airboats on Friday, June 6, 2014.

All other management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access remain open through Sunday, June 1, 2014. On Monday, June 2 the regularly scheduled 60-day ORV closure for these units will begin with ORV access being re-opened on Friday, August 1. For more information click here.


CAMPGROUNDS
All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. For more information regarding camping opportunities, please click here.


 

FIRE ACTIVITY
Fire activity within the national preserve typically occurs from November through May. Both prescribed and wildfires may often close facilities within Big Cypress. To discover if there are any recent closures due to fire, click here.


The area known as the Addition Lands within the national preserve remain closed to recreational off-road vehicle use and hunting until further notice. To learn more about the Addition Lands General Management Planning process, click here.

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.