2017 Zone 4 Airboat 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. On March 24, 2017, threshold levels for closure were observed and persisted for two-weeks. This closure is temporary and will be rescinded when surface water depths have returned to safe levels. The closure is necessary for resource and visitor protection during a period of low water. Learn more about the closure.

Only designated primary trails in the backcountry are open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails are closed at this time. For more information click here.

Fire activity within the national preserve typically occurs from November through May. Both prescribed and wildfires may often close facilities within Big Cypress. Access information for fire activity and related closures.

The area known as the Addition Lands within the national preserve remain closed to recreational off-road vehicle use until further notice. To learn more about the Addition Lands General Management Planning process, click here.

Last updated: April 5, 2017

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