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Fall Foliage Tours, Fall Peak Color Report,
Scenic Color Drives Along Lake Superior Circle Route

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View from Summit Peak, Porcupine Mountains
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Park

Best Scenic Fall Color Drives Around/Along Lake Superior
Fall Color Pictures

Western Upper Peninsula Fall Color Scenic Drives along Lake Superior

Fall Color Black River Harbor
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Presque Isle Scenic Recreation
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Porcupine Mountains State Park

Keweenaw Copper Harbor

Old Victoria Restoration

Fall Color Tahquamenon Falls

Color Drives Central Upper Peninsula

Maps Scenic Drives Fall Foliage Color Tours

Wisconsin Fall Color Drive Map

Michigan UP Fall Color Drive Map

 

Wisconsin Fall Color Scenic Drives along Lake Superior

Potato River Falls County Park

Bayfield & Ashland, Wi Area

Bayfield Orchard Tour

Copper Falls, Mellen, Wi Area

Amnicon Falls, Superior, Wi Area

North Shore Fall Color Scenic Drives; Fall Color Duluth, Minnesota

Scenic Highway 61 Fall Color

Moose Mountain Fall Color

Skyline Drive & Seven Bridges Road

Scenic Railroad Fall Color Train


Peak Fall Color Reports - 2014


Fall Color Report Overview - September 15th

Fall Color Bayfield to Ironwood Scenic Drives

Fall color Black River Harbor Scenic Byway
Along the Black River Harbor
Scenic Byway.
Photo by Tim Zheng

* See our regional tourism and weather report links midway down the page.

The Maples, Beeches, and some shrubs are starting to change so a fall trip to the Lake Superior Region from this point on will allow you to enjoy some color and fall foliage.

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 water 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 and 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.

We'll be surveying various reporters around the lake this week and hope to post our first 2014 Fall Color Report Updates below next weekend. Below our color report update 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.
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Fall Color Report Update - Coming Soon

September 17th. Although we haven't had reports yet form other sources, we can tell you first-hand about conditions in the central Upper Peninsula.

Between Grand Marais and Munising on H58 through Pictured Rocks National Park, the Maples and Beeches are 25% changed (some Beeches even more) and I'd expect seeing some nice splashes of color along this scenic drive this coming weekend and into the rest of the month.

West of Marquette, along route 41 and west & south, the color change is approaching 50%. Nice color now and will only improve this weekend and for the rest of the month. Closer to the Wisconsin border in the western UP, you might see peak color within a week. Although we didn't travel as far west as Ironwood and the Porkies, based on what were are seeing here west of Marquette, I'd expect conditions there to be colorful (at least 25%).

Rainfall in September along the south shore of Lake Superior has been ample which I think means that the leaves will hang on the trees a while. It also means the areas with attractive waterfalls - like Black River Scenic Byway. Presque Isle River (Porcupine Mountains), and Tahquamenon Falls - will be especially attractive with roaring waterfalls and decent fall color and foliage.(See links to these areas near the top of this page).

More reports coming soon.

triangle For useful historical comparisons, see More Fall Color Reports covering our reports from 2010 to 2013

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Have a color report to pass along or a question - write me

Ross Reinhold - roscoetrails@gmail.com

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Fall Color & Tourism
Regional Tourism & Peak Fall Color Report Links:

Michigan UP: Copper Harbor
Keweenaw Visitors Bureau
Western UP Visitors Bureau
Michigan: Michigan.org
Wisconsin: TravelWisconsin.com
Bayfield, WI Fall Colors
Minnesota: DNR NorthShore Parks
Ontario North Shore: NorthofSuperior.org
Ontario North East Shore: Saulttourism.com

Regional Weather from the Weather ChannelWeather Channel Links:
Ironwood, Michigan UP
Houghton, Keweenaw Peninsula Michigan UP
Marquette, Michgan UP
Sault Saint Marie, Michigan UP
Ashland-Bayfield Peninsula, Wisconsin
Duluth, Minnesota
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triangleWawa, Ontario Canada
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Why Do Leaves Change Color?

"A growing season with ample moisture that is followed by a rather dry, cool, sunny autumn that is marked by warm days and cool but frostless nights provides the best weather conditions for development of the brightest fall colors," - - - Learn more from this article from the PBS News Hour's website.

SuperiorTrails.com - Reinhold Development - 2013


scenic fall color drive report
See when Peak Fall Color is expected to arrive along the scenic Lake Superior Circle Route and our recommended
Scenic Fall Color Drives
.

Camping and Campgrounds Around Lake Superior
Lake Superior Camping
& Campground Directory

Lake Superior Circle Tour Route


About the Superior Hiking Trail
The Superior Hiking Trail offers some of the best fall color hikes in the midwest

Piorcupine Mountains Lake of the Clouds
Outstanding Fall Color Porcupine Mountains Lake of the Clouds scenic overlook.

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Fall Color & Waterfalls along Black River Harbor Scenic Parkway

Upper Tahquamenon Falls
Tahquamenon Falls State Park offers some of the best fall color in the eastern Upper Peninsula.


Apostle Islands
See the lighthouses on an Apostle Islands Cruise

Madeline Island Big  Bay Park
Enjoying the great swimming Beach Big Bay State Park on Madeline Island

Travel Information



lake superior circle tour map
Lake Superior Circle Tour Road Map & Guide to Travel Attractions around Lake Superior



Lake Superior Agate?Identifying Lake Superior Agates and Beach Rocks.

Lake Superior Circle Tour Travel Planner

Enger Park Tower
Duluth's Enger Park Tower provides a panaramic view of the city of Duluth.

Oberg Mountain Oberg Lake
Fall Color Hikes along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

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Upper Peninsual Fall Color
Tour Map

About the Superior Hiking Trail
The Superior Hiking Trail offers some of the best fall color and winter hikes in the midwest.

Golf Courses Around Lake Superior
See our
Reviews of golf courses around Lake Superior