Prescribed fires are planned for the near future. Please the following link to learn more about specific dates and locations. 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 »
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 70
Mile Marker 70, North & South
The south facility is accessible from I-75 eastbound. Upon leaving the facility, continuing to the east, a u-turn can be made at mile marker 63 to return westbound. This facility has a walk-through gate in the wildlife fence* that allow access into the Turner River Unit of the Preserve. Hiking, biking, walk-in hunting, fishing and dispersed camping is allowed from this site. Upon walking into the area you will be on designated off-road vehicle trail TRU-2 (Cypress Lane). You can follow the trail to a network of other designated trails that allow for off-road vehicle use (must use other access points), hiking and biking. Biking is allowed only on designated off-road vehicle trails, and not all designated trails will be suitable for biking. You may hike on designated trails or choose to orienteer with map and compass or GPS cross-country, be prepared.
Both the Bear Island and Turner River Units of the national preserve are included within the Big Cypress Wildlife Management Area, which is managed in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Hunting and fishing requires appropriate state licenses. Be sure to familiarize yourself with state fishing regulations and wildlife management area-related hunting regulations. Hunters are reminded to check in and out with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission check stations.
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. Fences lead wildlife to underpasses beneath the interstate to allow them to travel through the habitat. Be sure to keep the walk-through gates closed to eliminate the risk of wildlife finding them and passing through them.
Did You Know?
The white-tailed deer has a vertical leap of nine feet! This is a useful skill to have when evading predators. How high can you jump?