Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve is open year-round, 24 hours a day. The Big Cypress Visitor Center at Oasis, located on Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) approximately half-way between Naples and Miami, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except December 25). This visitor center features a 15-minute movie, a wildlife exhibit and books about the Preserve. For additional information, call the center at (239) 695-1201.
The freshwater of the Big Cypress National Preserve, vital to the health of the neighboring Everglades, support the marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast. This vast swamp contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a range of wildlife, including the elusive Florida Panther. Culturally, the region has served as home and refuge to many people throughout time including the Miccosukee and Seminole Nations and early settlers.
Visitors to the preserve should begin their exploration by visiting the Oasis Visitor Center, located on U.S. 41 (the Tamiami Trail) midway between Miami and Naples. Staff at the center can provide ideas on activities available within the Preserve. For more information visit the Preserve's website at www.nps.gov/bicy or call the visitor center at (239) 695-1201. You may write at Big Cypress National Preserve Headquarters, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141.
There are no entrance fees to access the preserve. There are fees for some campgrounds within the Preserve. There are also fees for Off-road Vehicle Permits. Contact the Oasis Visitor Center for more details. Federal recreation land passports are available at the visitor center.
Most facilities within the Preserve are accessible from U.S. 41, Turner River Road, U.S. Interstate I-75 and State Road 29.
The Oasis Visitor Center is located along U.S. 41, midway between Miami and Naples. The center is open everyday, but Christmas Day, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center provides a short film that provides insight to the creation of the Preserve and recreational opportunities available in the area. Staff at the visitor center can assist in providing information on popular areas to hike or see wildlife. The visitor center also provides an Everglades Association sales area that provides a variety of educational materials to plan or remember your trip.
In case of an emergency within the Preserve call (800) 788-0511, or #NPS from a cell phone. Closest medical facilities would be located within Naples or Miami.
Gas and Service Stations
A variety of service stations can be found within the community of Everglades City on the western boundary and the Miccosukee Village on the eastern boundary of the Preserve.
Laundry and Showers
The Midway and Monument Lake Campgrounds along the Tamiami Trail provide cold showers for campers.
Lost and Found
To report a lost or found item, go to the Oasis Visitor Center or call (239) 695-1201.
Marinas and Boat Ramps
A canoe launch is provided at the Turner River canoe access point on U.S. 41. Within the Preserve, no motors are allowed along this marked canoe trail. During periods with adequate water levels small motorboats and canoes can be launched at the end of Seagrape Drive just west of the Preserve Headquarters. Airboats, with proper permits, can launch from the Mitchell's Landing and Boundary Line Trail launch sites located on the Loop Road. Canoe rentals and other marinas can be found within the neighboring community of Everglades City.
Post Offices are located in the small community of Ochopee within the Preserve, and in neighboring communities of Everglades City and Chokoloskee.
Churches of several denominations are located outside the Preserve in the communities of Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Copeland and Naples.
Supplies and Souvenirs
Film and insect repellant are available at the Everglades Association sales area within the Oasis Visitor Center.