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Murphy Lake

Fortine Montana

Listing Type: Lake
City: Fortine Montana
Region: Glacier Country

This small lake is in a heavily forested area with adjacent marshland. Interpretive signs at the picnic area describe the common loons that nest here and their habitat. Nesting loons are very sensitive, and signed buoys mark areas closed to the public. Visitors may pick up a brochure at the trailhead and hike the, moderate 1-mile trail to an observation deck. Birders may see common loons, horned grebes, waterfowl, bald eagles, and osprey. Beavers can also be seen. Much of the land north of Murphy Lake is key winter range for white-tailed and mule deer. A cross-country ski trail marked by signs goes just east of Murphy Lake off Forest Road 7008 and passes through this range, where moose are also occasionally spotted.

Directions: From Eureka, follow US Highway 93 for 14 miles southeast, then take Forest Road 7008 at the northwest corner of Murphy Lake. Follow this road to the picnic area, loon information signs, and trailhead.

Murphy Lake
Kootenai National Forest, Fortine, MT 59918

  • Picnicking

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