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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 »

I-75, Mile Marker 51

This facility is open as of June 8, 2013.

The site is accessible to westbound travelers on I-75. Upon leaving the facility and continuing west travelers may make a u-turn at Mile Marker 63 to travel east. Those traveling east may make a u-turn at Exit 49 (Snake Road) to gain access to the facility.

The facility provides parking and access into the Northeast Addition Lands of the Preserve. Visitors may choose to park and hike directly into the backcountry from the parking facility. You may also drive along the levee road -- on those portions open to street-legal vehicles -- and park along the road to hike into the backcountry or fish in the L-28i canal.

At this time hunting and recreational off-road vehicle use are not allowed in this portion of the Preserve. Click the following links to learn where these recreational activities are currently allowed - Hunting, ORV Use.

Be aware that there are several private properties in this area -- respect private property and do not trespass. Travel to the north into the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, or to the south into the Miccosukee Reservation - by foot, bicycle, vehicle or watercraft - is by tribal permit only.

If parking on the Levee Road park in a manner that does not block other traffic. The speed limit is 25 mph, no trailers are allowed along the levee road except by special permit.

There are no marked hiking trails into the area. Travel requires individuals be familiar with orienteering by map and compass or by the use of a GPS - be prepared.

You can fish in the L-28i canal or launch a vessel from the boat ramp. Fishing requires appropriate state licenses. Be sure to familiarize yourself with state regulations related to fishing and boating activities.

Dispersed camping is allowed.

Biking is allowed along the levee road.

Entering the backcountry requires that you fill out a backcountry permit.

Wildlife fencing is installed along I-75 to minimize the threat of wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther, from getting on to the busy roadway. If the automatic fence at the entrance of the parking area is not operational contact - 800-788-0511.

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.