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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 »

Fees & Reservations

RANGER-LED ACTIVITY RESERVATIONS

Some Ranger-led activities require 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 Education and Outreach Coordinator at 239-695-1164. Requests are limited by staff availability.

ENTRANCE FEES

There is no entrance fee to access the national preserve. Fees are collected within the national preserve for some facilities and the processing of off-road vehicle permits.

CAMPING FEES & RESERVATIONS

Campgrounds
For information on the various campgrounds, amenities, fees and reservations click here.

ACTIVITY FEES

Off-Road Vehicle Permits
An annual off-road vehicle permit, displayed on the inspected vehicle, is required for off-road vehicle operation along preserve trails. The fee is $100 annually per vehicle permitted. Click here for more information on off-road vehicle use within the preserve.

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.