Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 2, the regularly scheduled 60-day ORV closure for management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will be implemented. This closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1.
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.
Zone 4 airboat access has been closed as of April 7, 2014. Pending water levels, this unit may re-open to access by airboats on Friday, June 6, 2014. At this time water levels in the area would not warrant re-opening the unit to airboat access. More details related to this closure will be provided as the proposed opening date approaches.
Did You Know?
Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.