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Mermet Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 2,000
  • Habitat: 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
  • Digital Map
  • Printable Map

Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site
  • Site requires use of windshield card for all upland hunters. Card must be displayed on vehicle dashboard and used to report hunting effort/harvest by 15 February
  • 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
  • Rifle may be used to hunt furbearers and squirrels 
  • The area will be closed to fishing from two weeks before through the last day of the waterfowl season
  • No overnight camping is allowed
  • Species-specific rules:


  • Archery
    • Statewide regulations
  • Firearm
    • Statewide regulations
  • Muzzleloader
    • Statewide regulations


  • Fall Archery
    • Statewide regulations
  • Fall Firearm
    • County specific tag required, issued through the statewide lottery
  • Spring
    • Requires site specific permit issued through the statewide lottery


  • 2021 Waterfowl Hunting Procedures
    • Blinds & Pools changes:
      • Hunters will pull into the site and park at the sign that corresponds to their permit number and stay in their vehicle.
      • Staff will record all hunters’ names within the party.
      • The hunting party will receive their hunter harvest card, map and rules & regulations.
      • Hunting parties will tune their vehicle’s radio to a specific frequency for announcements and stay in their 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 and ask the permit “number” to pull up to check station and select their hunting position, while remaining 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 and be required to leave the area to head to their hunting location.
      • Hunters must record their harvest at the end of the hunt and place harvest card in the lock box located on the side of the check station by 2:00 p.m. the same day of the hunt.
    • Walk-in changes
      • Hunters will follow sign directing them to where they must sign-in and pick up a registration/harvest card.
      • On a first-come, first-serve basis (25) twenty-five hunters will be allowed per walk-in area for a total of fifty (50) 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 until an hour and a half (1.5) before sunrise.
  • 17 blinds and 15 pools are allocated on a daily draw system. Drawing is held 1 1/2 hours prior to legal shooting time. Blind area hunting is closed on Sundays and Mondays
  • Walk-in areas are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Walk-in areas remain all week
  • 10 reservation spots will be available to draw through the automated permit system. This reservation only guarantees a spot for the day. It does not give preference in the draw order. Contact site for more information
  • One blind is allocated for disabled hunters. Blind will be available during the daily drawing. Proof of disability status is required
  • Must use a minimum of 6 decoys


  • Squirrels
    • Must use non-toxic shot in all waterfowl hunting areas
    • Season closes September 30, except in the upland game areas
  • Rabbits
    • Statewide regulations

Upland Birds

  • Dove, Quail, and Woodcock
    • Statewide regulations


  • Hunting
    • Statewide regulations
    • Hunting limited to upland game area
    • Hunting hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset
    • Windshield Card required
  • Trapping
    • Requires site specific permit. Contact site for more information