NAME: Sielbeck Forest State Natural Area
LOCATION: Approximately 3 miles northwest of Metropolis and 2 miles east of State Route 45 on Upper Salem Road, in Massac County
DESCRIPTION: Total Acres 385 Mature Floodplain Forest - 110 acres Forested Swamp - 35 acres
Due to the foresight by the previous owners, magnificent oaks and ancient cypress trees dominate a floodplain forest of 110 acres on part of the 385 acres. Reforestation is being phased in over a five year period on all cropland acres. In addition to the floodplain forest, 275 upland acres provide hunting opportunities as well. Two ponds on the site provide fishing opportunities and hiking is allowed although there are no improved trails.
MOST PREVALENT GAME SPECIES:
Deer Furbearers Squirrel Quail Rabbit Wild Turkey Woodcock Waterfowl Dove
- A "No Hunting" zone exists on the property and is posted.
- No overnight camping is allowed.
- Statewide hunting regulations apply to this site except for site specific regulations as listed.
- All hunters must register with the windshield card program before hunting. Hunters are advised that windshield cards to hunt all species are now ONLY available online from the IDNR homepage - www.dnr.illinois.gov . Navigate to "Hunting/Trapping", then "Public Hunting Areas", select Region 5 to print these permits. All hunters are required to return to this website prior to February 15 to record harvest information. Failure to submit harvest data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
- On all DNR sites during pheasant, rabbit, quail, and partridge season, hunters and trappers are required to wear a cap and upper outer 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.
- It is illegal to construct or use any tree stand using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Tree stands that are used for hunting deer must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address, and telephone number when left unattended. Tree stands may be left unattended from Sept 1 - Jan 31. Only one tree stand per hunter.
- It is unlawful for any person using Department of Natural Resources facilities to discard, abandon, place, or deposit on Department of Natural Resources properties, except in containers provided, any wire, cans, bottles, glass, paper trash, rubbish, garbage, cardboard, wood boxes or other insoluble animal, vegetable, metal, or mineral materials.
- Trapper can use only water sets and must have a registered windshield card.
- Youth Waterfowl season is held the weekend preceding the South Zone duck opener.
For further information, contact: Site Superintendent, Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area, 1812 Grinnell Road, Belknap, IL 62908; Phone: (618) 524-5577.