Fall Color Report Overview - September 1st
Along the Black River Harbor
Photo by Tim Zheng
* See our regional tourism and weather report links midway down the page.
It is a few weeks early to catch significant fall color but soon you'll start to see some leaves changing.
Some of the earliest Fall Color in mid-September around Lake Superior can be found away from the lake south of Ashland, WI and the western Upper Peninsula east of Ironwood Michigan. One trip we've enjoyed in the past is a scenic waterfalls color tour taking in Copper Falls State Park, Potato River Falls, the falls along the Black River Harbor Scenic Byway, and the falls along the Presque Isle River in the western park of Porcupine Mountains State Park.
The earliest fall color in the Porkies can be found in the woods and trails that are away from the lake. Don't miss the view from the top of Summit Peak and from the Lake of the Clouds Overlook. Peak color arrives late September, early October in the Keweenaw Peninsula. In the central UP a scenic fall drive I'd recommend is the H58 county road between Munising and Grand Marais, Michigan. Also consider a Pictured Rocks Boat Tour, in addition to the amazing painted rocks you'll get to see some nice leaf color as a backdrop.
In Minnesota Peak Color arrives in late September away from the lake in into the first week in October near the lake. We've found the best fall color along Scenic Highway 61 on Minnesota's North Shore is generally from Silver Bay to Lutsen, with hikes or a gondola ride to tops of mountain peaks giving the best color or a drive inland away from the lake. Some years along the North Shore you get a second season of fall color in October as the birches, aspen, and tamarack turn (always later than Maples, Oaks, and Hickories).
In Wisconsin, from Superior near Amnicon Falls to Ashland peak color usually arrives the last week in September and first two weeks in October. Sometimes peak color arrives at the same time as the annual Bayfield Apple Festival (the first weekend in October); other year's it is a little later.
Look for more details as the season progresses in our Fall Color Report Updates below. And below that are some links to regional tourism websites as well as weather reports from selected spots around Lake Superior.
Planning your Fall Color Tour Vacation. In addition to watching this space, also see our links to fall color reports from last year and earlier years to give you a better idea of when the color changes and when peak color arrives in the area of your interest.
Learn More about the best fall color drives around Lake Superior
See weather report links for selected areas around Lake Superior