Mermet Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area Hunter Fact Sheet
2012 - 2013 Season
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.
AVAILABLE GAME SPECIES:
Waterfowl Deer Dove Squirrel Quail Rabbit 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 was recently discovered nesting on the area as well as the Rice Rat, Moorhen, and Least Bittern.
For further information, contact: Site Superintendent, Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area, 1812 Grinnell Road, Belknap, IL 62908; Phone: (618) 524-5577, or District Wildlife Biologist, Rt 2, Box 177B, Golconda, IL 62938; Phone: (618) 949-3476.
Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the US 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, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; 217/785-0067; TTY 217/782-9175