Fall Color Report Update -October 4, 2013
- - - Peak Color has arrived or will be soon
Wisconsin South Shore . Ashland is reporting 50% of color change and Hurley is reporting 85% peak color. If you are up in this area in the coming week we recommend taking in some waterfalls along the scenic drive from Ashland to Copper Falls State Park near Mellen (Hwy 13) and then take Highway 169 north to Potato Falls park (south of Gurney) and then return via Highway 2 west of Hurley. Another good fall scenic drive is the trip from Saxon Harbor, Wisconsin, then going east to the Upper Peninsula to Little Girls Point and then to the Black River Harbor Scenic byway in the nearby Upper Peninsula. Return to Ashland via Highway 2.
Color change west of Ashland to Superior ordinarily is a week or two behind east of Ashland. But due to recent cool weather, don't be surprised to see it advancing very quickly towards Peak along US Highway 2 and color change along Hwy 13, the new scenic byway, may not be far behind.
Michigan Upper Peninsula. Peak Color is showing in parts of the Porcupine Mountains and Black River Harbor Scenic byway. But areas close to the lake and around the waterfalls will continue to advance over the next week. The western UP traditionally shows the earliest color so this coming weekend should look good for fall leaf peepers from Ironwood through Houghton and up the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Marquette to Tahquamenon Falls is looking good now in places as the maples are nearing peak and the birch and aspen beginning to follow.
Minnesota North Shore. In general color change all along the North Shore ranges from 50% to 100%. Color away from the lake is passing peak but taking a drive away from the lake (for example Hwy 1 by Tettegouche State Park) may remain colorful for several more days. Stop at the visitor center at Tettegouche or Temperance River for maps on color drives. Color change close to the lake is improving rapidly as birch, aspen, and tamarack change. Expect excellent scenic color on the Lutsen Gondola ride to the top of Moose Mountain. Hiking to the top of the other peaks along the lake (like Oberg Mountain or Carlton Peak) will provide rewards, seeing the remaining color as you look inland and the advancing color as you look towards the lake. The folks at the Superior Hiking Trail office in Two Harbors can give you good tips on best fall hiking.
Ontario East Shore. Color is peaking between between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa, Ontario. Based on past experience, the first two weeks of October should be a good time for a drive along the shoreline up to Lake Superior Provincial Park or take the picturesque Agawa Canyon Train Ride.
Ontario West Shore. Color on this stretch is provided by Aspen and Tamarack which are now starting to change.