NAME: Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area
LOCATION: West of Mermet on Route 45, between Vienna & Metropolis, in Massac County
Total Acres: 2625 Huntable Acres: 2000 Water Acres: 690 Timber Acres: 1250 Flooded for Waterfowl Hunting: 900
The topography is low and flat with a drainage canal bisecting the area. A series of levees allows for manipulation of water levels to provide both food and water for waterfowl. A large reservoir (450 acres) is used for water storage and as a fishing area during the summer. The water is then released by gravity to flood timber and cropland for waterfowl hunting. Deep wells and pumps also aid in maintaining water levels.
MOST PREVALENT GAME SPECIES:
Waterfowl Deer Dove Squirrel Quail Rabbit Wild Turkey
This area is managed primarily for waterfowl and is an excellent concentration point. Pin oak and willow oak provide high quality duck food along with planted crops. This is also an excellent sightseeing place for nature lovers, with many species of upland and shore birds using the area throughout the year. A rare species of Gallinule has been discovered nesting on the area as well as the Rice Rat, Moorhen, and Least Bittern.
- No overnight camping is allowed.
- This area will be closed to fishing from two weeks before to the last day of waterfowl season.
- Check station is present on the area (see map) and waterfowl hunters must sign in and out and report harvest each day. All hunting to be with shotgun or bow only, with the exception that muzzle loaded rifles may be used to hunt deer during shotgun deer season in designated areas.
- SQUIRREL hunters must use STEEL (non-toxic) SHOT in all waterfowl hunting areas. Squirrel hunting closes after September 30, except in upland game areas.
- WATERFOWL HUNTERS: Walk-in areas are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Seventeen blinds & fifteen pools are allocated on a daily draw system one and a half hours prior to legal shooting time. Blind area hunting is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Walk-in areas will remain open.
- HANDICAPPED WATERFOWL HUNTERS: One blind is available and will be allocated on a daily draw system one hour prior to legal shooting time. Proof of P2 status is required.
- YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTERS: season is held the weekend preceding the South Zone duck opener - follow statewide regulations.
- On all DNR sites; during pheasant, rabbit, quail, and partridge season, hunters and trappers are required to wear a cap and upper garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches while trapping or hunting pheasant, quail, Hungarian partridge, rabbit, snipe, rail, and woodcock.
- All upland hunters must use the windshield card program. Windshield cards can be obtained from the DNR website at: https://dnr.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/index.asp.
For further information, contact: Site Superintendent, Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area, 1812 Grinnell Road, Belknap, IL 62908; Phone: (618) 524-5577