Fees and permits There are no entrance fees. An annual ORV
permit, displayed on the inspected vehicle, is required for ORV
operation along preserve trails ($50 in 2006). The permit can be
obtained at the Oasis Visitor Center.
Big Cypress National Reserve is a national reserve located in
Florida, United States, about 72 km west of Miami. It
covers an area of 2,500 sq mi (6,216 sq km). Big Cypress borders
the wet meadows of
Everglades National Park to the south, and other federal and
state protected areas of Florida to the west. The waters of the
Big Cypress Swamp flow south and west to the coastal area of
the Ten Thousand Islands area of the Everglades Park.
Initially, the area was to be part of the Everglades Park when
it was created in 1947, which could not be achieved. But since
it was not bought by private owners, a park was established in
1974. The reserve is of great biological diversity. Dominated by
a humid cypress forest, it is home to a very rich flora and
fauna: mangroves, alligators, venomous snakes (eastern
rattlesnake, ancistrodon ...), otters, lynx, coyotes, black
bears, Florida panthers, and countless bird species, some
endangered as Florida's rare antigone crane.
Oasis Visitor Center, US Route 41, 80 mi (130 km)
west of Miami and 50 miles east of Naples. Daily 9AM-4:30PM except
Christmas (Off-Road Vehicle Permit Office, 9AM-3:30PM). ORV
inspections are conducted Friday through Monday. The visitor center
offers exhibits related to the natural and cultural history of the
preserve, educational materials and an introductory film to the
preserve, its resources and recreational opportunities. Staff is
available to assist visitors with information about activities.