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Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources

Birch Lake

Birch Lake is located three miles north of the Village of Elk Rapids in Antrim County. It is a mere 1500 feet from Elk Lake, yet only 1700 feet from Grand Traverse Bay. Higher elevations in the landscape between Birch and Elk Lakes result in Birch Lake being a small coastal watershed of Grand Traverse Bay.

326 acres

OF SURFACE AREA

1.8 miles

OF SHORELINE

50 feet

MAX DEPTH

Overview of Birch Lake

Primary Inflows

Headwaters

Primary Outflows

Surface Area

326 acres

Shoreline

1.8 miles

Maximum Depth

50 feet

Known Aquatic Invasive Species

Description:

Birch Lake is located three miles north of the Village of Elk Rapids in Antrim County. It is a mere 1500 feet from Elk Lake, yet only 1700 feet from Grand Traverse Bay. Higher elevations in the landscape between Birch and Elk Lakes result in Birch Lake being a small coastal watershed of Grand Traverse Bay. Birch Lake is a seepage lake with no major inlet or outlet streams. Therefore, water levels are largely controlled by groundwater inputs and outputs, precipitation, and evaporation. A rest area with scenic views of Birch Lake is located on the west shoreline off of US31 and there is a MDNR public boat launch in the northwest corner of the lake.

Monitoring and Research:

Birch Lake is monitored every three years through the Watershed Council’s Comprehensive Water Quality Monitoring (CWQM) Program for dissolved oxygen, specific conductivity, pH, nitrate-nitrogen, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chloride levels.

It is NOT currently monitored through the Watershed Council’s Volunteer Lake Monitoring (VLM) Program.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact the Watershed Council at 231-347-1181.

Additional Resources:

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