Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 6, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all management units that allow for ORV access within the Preserve will be implemented. This closure will be lifted on Friday, August 5.
The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a 60-day seasonal closure to allow a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. The ORV closure within Big Cypress National Preserve was first instituted in 2002.
Landowners, and their guests, that hold special use permits to access private properties within the Preserve will retain continued access to property along approved routes.
Zone 4 of the Stairsteps Unit of the Preserve allows for access via airboats only. The Bear Island, Turner River and Corn Dance Units, and Zones 2 and 3 of the Stairsteps Unit provide for access by specified, wheeled ORVs.
Big Cypress National Preserve
Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141
239-695-1107 office; 239-293-3643 cell