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Recovery Update: Big Cypress Campgrounds Reopen

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Date: November 22, 2017
Contact: Ardrianna McLane, 239-695-1107

OCHOPEE – 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.

I’m pleased to welcome visitors back to our campgrounds in time for the busy winter season. Camping in Big Cypress beneath our dark night skies is an experience every family should enjoy,” said Superintendent Tammy Whittington. 

Loop Road remains closed to all non-local and through traffic. Although teams have completed vegetation and debris clearing along the scenic road, high water levels continue to make the road impassable. Staff will continue to update signs along the roadway and reopen by press release as conditions allow.

Improving resource conditions have also lead to reopening Zones 1 and 2 of the Stairsteps Unit to all recreational use, including hunting. Currently, Zones 3 and 4 of the Stairsteps Unit remained closed to all use.

Additional updates and changes in closures will be provided by press release. 

Last updated: November 25, 2017

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