Birch Lake as seen from Mount Aeneas, with Crater Lake in the distance
Copyright 2005, James R. Conner, all rights reserved
Birch Lake is a popular fishing and picnic spot in Jewel Basin Hiking Area. It is a short, relatively flat hike from Camp Misery Trailhead. Before the days of Lewis & Clark, the Kootenai Indians used this pass to cross the mountains out of the Flathead Valley to hunt bison on the Great Plains.