Camping Fees Increasing At Big Cypress National Preserve

It's going to get a little more expensive to camp in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, where new fees will take effect October 1.

Fees will range from $10 per night for tent campsites and to $30 per night for RV sites with hook-ups and at the newly designated Pinecrest Group Campground. The RV dump station will charge $10 per use for those not staying in a NPS campground.

For details on campgrounds and pricing at Big Cypress, visit this site.

Campsites can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. Reservations can be made beginning September 1 for any dates after October 1.

Midway and Monument Lake Campgrounds are currently designated fee areas. The remaining developed campgrounds: Burns Lake, Mitchell’s Landing, Bear Island, and the Pink Jeep and Gator Head Backcountry campgrounds in the Bear Island Unit will now charge for camping on a per night, year-round basis. The Pinecrest Campground will be converted to a group campground and will have associated fees as well.

One hundred percent of the camping fees will provide a source of revenue directly related to the operation of Big Cypress National Preserve campgrounds and its online reservation service. The funds will support maintenance, ranger operations and campground hosts.

Fee rates are based on a study of comparable sites in the surrounding area to ensure that increases are appropriate and competitive with current market conditions.