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Added by Lucas Bremer

Great spot to hit the water near Belknap, IL.

Mermet Lake Conservation is an old Cypress and Tupelo Swamp that has been turned into a shallow lake by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It was developed in 1949 as a waterfowl hunting destination. Each October the lake is closed and only accessible by hunters, but the Spring and Summer bring activities like Fishing, Paddling Sports, and World Class Diving. 

A loop road will take you to several boat launches and there are a couple of small walking trails that will take you through State Champion Willow Oaks, Cypress, and Tupelo Trees. 

Bald Eagles and Osprey are also often spotted on the lake. 

Learn more about Mermet Lake here.

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Features

Stand Up Paddle
Canoeing
Fishing
Photography
Kayaking
Diving
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
ADA Accessible

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