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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 - 2016


Fall Color Updates Overview
August 28, 2016

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.

In early September, we begin to see hints of fall color change around Lake Superior. Even though far from peak fall color, early September travel offers cooler evenings, crisp early fall days, and reduced competition for various lodging, dining and attractions of interest to the scenic traveler.

Some of the earliest Fall Color in mid-September around Lake Superior can be found away from the lake south of Ashland, WI and in the western Upper Peninsula east of Ironwood Michigan. One color trip we've enjoyed in the past and would be a great one this year is a scenic waterfalls color tour in Northern Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula. This route takes 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.

Prior to our during the week of Sept 18 - 23, we'll begin surveying various reporters around the lake so look for our next 2015 Fall Color Report Update before the weekend.

Planning your Fall Color Tour Vacation. For indicators of fall color change possibilities, check our Fall Color Change Report Updates Archives. For example, in 2014, several areas were showing good color by September 23rd; but in 2015 color change was more modest at this time of year.

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triangle For useful historical comparisons, see More Fall Color Reports covering our reports from 2011 to 2015

triangle See weather report links for selected areas around Lake Superior

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

Ross Reinhold - roscoetrails@gmail.com

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
Superior-Dougles County Fall Color Updates
Minnesota: DNR NorthShore Parks
Ontario North Shore: NorthofSuperior.org
Ontario North East Shore: Saulttourism.com

Regional Weather from the Weather ChannelWeather Channel Links:
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red-balHoughton, Keweenaw Peninsula Michigan UP
red-balMarquette, Michgan UP
red-balSault Saint Marie, Michigan UP
red-balAshland-Bayfield Peninsula, Wisconsin
red-balDuluth, Minnesota
red-balGrand Marais, Minnesota
red-balWawa, 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 - 2015





Mobile-Friendly Lake Superior Circle Tour Travel Planner

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

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Lake Superior Camping
& Campground Directory

Lake Superior Circle Tour Route

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.

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


Apostle Islands
See the lighthouses on an Apostle Islands Cruise.

Travel Information




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Lake Superior Circle Tour Road Map & Guide to Travel Attractions around Lake Superior

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Wisconsin Fall Color
Tour Map
- Scenic drives near Lake Superior in Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula

See our Directory of our favorite Upper Peninsula Scenic and Recreation areas.Upper Peninsula Porcupine Mountains

Walking along Canal Park Drive Duluth's Canal Park, Shopping and Entertainment District

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

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

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

Understanding and Finding Agates
Our Reviews of the best guides to Lake Superior Agates and Beach Rocks

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

Weather Reports
Regional Weather from the Weather Channel

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