Secondary Trail Closure
Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days 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 »
Special Use Permits
Some outdoor activities require a special use permit. These activities include getting married at the Preserve, having a picnic with more than 50 people, commercial filming and photography, and athletic contests. A special use permit is also required for memorialization by the spreading of ashes (human remains).
For questions related to the application process specified below, please contact the special use permit coordiantor's office at 239-695-1117.
For all other press-related questions, please contact Bob DeGross, the Preserve's public information officer at 239-695-1107.
Special Use Permit Application
Big Cypress National Preserve
Special instructions are listed on the special use permit information sheet; please read carefully. A completed application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $100 in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to National Park Service.
A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large and that require some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect resources and the public interest.
FIRST AMENDMENT ACTIVITIES
Did You Know?
Do not feed wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.