11/30/17 UPDATE: Midway Campground has reopened effective Dec 1 for first-come, first-served camping through Dec 7. Online reservations may be made for Dec 8 and dates thereafter.
As water levels begin to recede in Big Cypress National Preserve, the National Park Service has been able to reopen some of the campgrounds along the Tamiami Trail and in the northern part of the preserve. Flooding still blocks access to Loop Road. Here is the latest press release from NPS.
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, and Pinecrest 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.
To learn more about camping in Big Cypress National Preserve, visit https://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/campgrounds. For up to the minute closures, updates, and program information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at “BigCypressnps.”