November 30, 2017
Recovery Update: Big Cypress Midway Campground Reopens
Big Cypress National Preserve is pleased to reopen Midway Campground on Friday, December 1st to campers on a first-come first-served basis. Online and advance reservations will be available on December 8th through https://www.recreation.gov/.
Improving resource conditions have also lead to reopening Zone 3 of the Stairsteps Unit to recreational use, including hunting. While deer hunting will remain closed in Zone 4 of the Stairsteps Unit, it will reopen to other hunting access and recreational use. Access will reopen on Friday, December 1st at sunrise.
November 22, 2017
Recovery Update: Big Cypress Campgrounds Reopen
Big Cypress National Preserve facility conditions are steadily improving. Burns Lake, Bear Island, Pink Jeep, and Gator Head Campgrounds will all reopen effective immediately. Visitors may expect one or two campsites that are not yet fully open within the units. Monument Lake Campground remains open. Mitchell Landing, Pinecrest, and Midway Campgrounds remain closed due to higher than normal ground water levels.
November 09, 2017
Recovery Update: Big Cypress Welcomes Visitors and Veterans
Recent weather conditions and slowly subsiding water levels have improved conditions in Big Cypress National Preserve. Staff have been working hard to restore facilities, infrastructure, and access for the public since the preserve reopened one month ago after Hurricane Irma.
October 25, 2017
Water Levels Lead to Emergency Closure in Big Cypress
Effective immediately, high water and deteriorating road conditions have resulted in an emergency closure in Big Cypress National Preserve. To improve visitor safety and protect preserve resources, the closure will limit public access while water levels slowly subside.
October 05, 2017
Post Hurricane Irma Preserve Reopens
Superintendent Tamara Whittington is pleased to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve’s Oasis Visitor Center will reopen Friday, October 6. Hours on Friday will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oasis Visitor Center will resume regular operating hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. The Swamp Welcome Center will reopen by press release as soon as minor repairs are complete.
September 05, 2017
Big Cypress National Preserve Prepares for Hurricane Irma
Ochopee – Effective noon on September 6th, Big Cypress National Preserve visitor centers and administrative facilities will be closed in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Irma. Recreational use, including backcountry trails, campgrounds, and hunting access into the preserve will close at noon on September 6th. If the track or speed of the storm changes, the backcountry and hunting closures may change.
April 05, 2017
2017 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Friday, April 7 2017, Zone-4 of the Stairstep Unit within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed to airboat access due to low water conditions.
April 02, 2017
Additional Resources Assigned to Fight Cowbell Fire
The Cowbell Fire had grown to 400 acres as of Saturday night. It was discovered on March 30, 2017 two miles north of I-75 and west of the L-28 Canal Road. Due to to the remote location with limited access, and multiple fires occurring in the preserve, a Type 2 incident command organization has arrived to support operations today.
March 31, 2017
Cowbell Fire Starts in Big Cypress
Active wildfire season has begun in Big Cypress National Preserve with a new start discovered on March 30, 2017 two miles north of I-75 and west of the L-28 Canal Road. The fire, named the Cowbell Fire, is estimated at 300 acres with expected growth tomorrow and through the weekend.
March 29, 2017
Parliament Wildfire Now 75% Contained
Firefighters continue to make good progress on the Parliament Fire and it is now 75% contained. Because of that progress, some personnel are being released and the Type 3 Incident Management Team, brought in to run the fire on March 21st, has turned control back to the local fire resources.
March 23, 2017
Parliament Fire Burning in Big Cypress
The Parliament Fire is a wildfire estimated to be 3,300 acres as of Sunday evening and is burning in a mixture of grass, pine, and cypress habitat.