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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 »

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
The Burns Lake Campground is closed to overnight camping annually from January 7 through August 28. The Monument Lake Campground is closed annually from April 16 through August 27. 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?

Alligator in the swamp.

HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.