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Mermet Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

2021-2022 Season


NAME: Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area


2020 Waterfowl Hunting 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.



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.


Waterfowl     Deer     Dove     Squirrel    Rabbit     Wild Turkey


  1. No overnight camping is allowed.
  2. This area will be closed to fishing from two weeks before to the last day of waterfowl season.
  3. 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.
  4. SQUIRREL hunters must use STEEL (non-toxic) SHOT in all waterfowl hunting areas. Squirrel hunting closes after September 30, except in upland game areas.
  5. WATERFOWL HUNTERS: Walk-in areas are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Seventeen blinds & ten 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. Starting in 2019, ten reservation spots will be available to draw through the automated permit system. These reservations only guarentee a spot for the day and do not give preference in draw order.
  6. 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.
  7. YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTERS: Youth season is held the weekend preceding the South Zone duck opener - follow statewide regulations.
  8. 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.
  9. All upland hunters must use the windshield card program.  Windshield cards can be obtained from the DNR website at:  https://dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard
  10. SPRING TURKEY HUNTERS: Special site permits must be drawn via the automated permit system. Mermet Lake provides turkey hunting opportunities for adult, youth, and disabled hunters.

For further information, contact: Site Superintendent, Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area, 1812 Grinnell Road, Belknap, IL 62908; Phone: (618) 524-5577​​

Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies is available to all individuals regardless of race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, or other non-merit factors. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source’s civil rights office and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, IDNR, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; (217)785-0067; TTY (217)782-9175.