Turner River Paddle Route and Zone 4 Airboat Access Open Today

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Date: July 21, 2014
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Water levels within Big Cypress National Preserve have rebounded to allow for canoe/kayak access along the Turner River and airboat access into Zone 4 of the Stairsteps Unit. Access to both areas of the Preserve will resume as of today, Monday, July 21, 2014.

Information on designated trails open to airboat use within Zone 4 can be found at - https://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/stair-steps-unit-designated-trails.htm

Information on the Turner River Trail, and other canoe/kayak trails in the Preserve is at - https://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/canoeing-kayaking.htm

The Turner River is one of the more popular canoe routes within the national preserve, and at times can be crowded. Those interested in paddling the route are encouraged to consider doing so on weekdays to avoid high levels of visitation. Additionally, to avoid potential crowds it's suggested that visitors consider the Halfway Creek route as an alternative.

The annual ORV closure for swamp buggies, ATVs, UTVs, and street legal 4x4s remains in place through Thursday, July 31.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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