Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
Campfire Ban in Effect.
Due to severe fire conditions campfires restrictions are currently in place. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. More »
Fees & Reservations
Campgrounds within the preserve are offered on a first-come first-served basis, no reservations are accepted.
Some Ranger-led activitiesrequire advance reservations to participate in the activities. Reservations are accepted up to 14 days prior to the date of the activity. Contact the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, at 239-695-4758, for details on activities and to make reservations.
Education programs, special request programs or off-site programs can be made by contacting the preserve's Education and Outreach Coordinator at 239-695-1164. Requests are limited by staff availability.
There is no entrance fee to access the preserve. Fees are collected within the preserve for some facilities and the processing of Off-Road Vehicle permits.
Monument Lake Campground
Closed April 16 through Aug 27.
Off-Road Vehicle Permits
Did You Know?
The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.