If your dog is a hunting breed, then a visit to Mermet Lake Conservation Area is a must. Sprawling across a whopping 2,630 acres, this park is actually an old cypress swamp. Now it’s one of southern Illinois’ premier waterfowl hunting areas. This region attracts many ducks, Canada, snow, and blue geese. Flushing out the birds will make your sporting pup over the moon happy!
If your pooch isn’t a fan of hunting, don’t worry, this
park still has plenty for them to do. In the southeast corner of the park, 43
acres have been designated as the Mermet Swamp Nature Preserve. Take a stroll
on the preserve’s half mile interpretive trail so your furry friend can check
out the swamp and surrounding old growth forest. Stop and read the signs to
learn all about the native flora and fauna. When you’re finished, follow the
other mile long nature trail so your doggo can get even more exercise.
Mermet Lake Conservation Area is also a pawsome fishing
spot. Lake Mermet is quite shallow but teems with bass, catfish, and panfish,
making it an ideal fishing haven. So bring your rod and reel. If all goes as
planned, you and your pup will enjoy a
nice fish dinner later in the evening! There are several other recreational
opportunities at Mermet Lake Conservation Area. Picnic shelters with grills are
available and there is an archery range housed on the premise. In June the
parks hosts the Illinois Pro/Am National Archery Tournament, an event that is
well-renowned and well-attended.
Before leaving home, pack plenty of drinking water for
both you and your furry BFF. Primitive
restrooms are available, but there is no access to clean water in the park.
Also, don’t forget to have some clean up bags on hand. No bones about it, your
pup will love this park!