Big Cypress Reopens to Visitors

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Date: October 17, 2013
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Big Cypress National Preserve re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can access the backcountry and other public areas  immediately while facilities and other services are brought back online. The preserve has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

“We are excited and happy to be back at work and welcome visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve,” said Superintendent Pedro Ramos. “Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy all that Big Cypress has to offer.”

With the lifting of the government shutdown campgrounds and wildlife viewing areas within the preserve will be open to the public. Additionally, backcountry access will resume, along with the continuation of the muzzleloading hunting season.

All permitted commercial operations will continue within the preserve, providing visitors with a variety of ways to explore and enjoy this special resource. For more information on permitted operators go to -

With the transition into the dry winter season the National Park Service is preparing to provide a variety of ranger led outdoor opportunities beginning in late November. You can find information on the activities at -

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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