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Mermet Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

Current Results for the 2020 Waterfowl Season at Mermet Lake SFWA can be found here:


2020 Waterfowl Season Updates:


  • Hunters will pull into the site and park at the sign that corresponds to their permit number and stay in vehicle
  • Staff will record all hunters' names within the party
  • The hunting party will receive their hunter harvest card, map and rule & regulations.
  • Staff will ask hunting party to tune their vehicle's radio to a specific frequency for announcements, and stay in vehicle (signage will direct traffic flow and list radio frequency)
  • At designated draw time (two hours before sunrise), staff will make daily announcements over FM transmitter.
  • staff will announce over the FM system for permit "number" to pull up to check station and select their hunting position, they will stay in their vehicle.
  • Selected party will pull in front of check station and choose hunting position from map on outside of check station (positions are covered as they are taken)
  • Hunting party will receive their marked waterfowl harvest card with their chosen location
  • Hunting party will then be sent to their hunting location
  • Hunter records harvest at the end of the hunt and places card in the lock box located on the side of the check station by 2:00 p.m. the same day of the hunt.


  • Hunters will arrive and follow sign to pick up a registration/harvest card and sign-in.
  • We will allow on a first-come, first-serve basis (25) twenty-five hunters per walk-in area for a total of fifty walk-in hunters on site.
  • All hunting will stop at 1pm and hunters must vacate the area by 2pm after depositing their harvest cards.
  • Hunters will not be allowed into the area before 1.5hrs before sunrise.

Mermet Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area is an old cypress southern Illinois swamp managed as one of the state’s most outstanding waterfowl hunting locales. While Mermet Lake was developed primarily for duck hunting, Canada, blue and snow geese frequent the area each winter.

The shallow lake also is a very productive fishing lake, featuring largemouth bass, channel catfish and most panfish (the lake is closed to fishing in November prior to waterfowl hunting seasons, reopening in January after hunting seasons conclude).

While Mermet Lake is a popular hunting and fishing destination, there are also hiking trails and picnic tables for site visitors. Mermet Lake is also home to the Illinois Pro/Am National Archery Tournament in late June, one of the largest archery tournaments in the country.

The original acreage of what is now Mermet Lake SFWA was acquired by the State of Illinois in 1949 – and now totals 2,630 acres, including 690 acres of water.

The site is located on U.S. Rt. 45 northwest of Metropolis in Massac Co.

Park Information:

Southern Illinois

1812 Grinnell Road
Belknap IL 62908




N: 37.275
W: -88.849

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