The maple trees on the tops of the ridges and the hillsides sloping north and south turn color first. You will these colors from around Beaver Bay northeast to the US-Canada border and inland a few miles from Highway 61. As temps cool closer to the big lake, the second color season takes place. Poplars, birch and tamarack turn yellow and the entire Highway 61 corridor is lovely.
Rainfall and temps affect both when the colors occur and how long they last, so it is variable each year. Starting Labor Day, I will provide weekly [or more frequently] fall color reports with suggested tours.
Best color right now … roadsides
The birch and aspen are past peak, mostly due to the winds and rains of the past few days. That said, colors range from dandelion to citrine to school bus to mahogany. See these trees along Highway 61 and adjacent roads.
What You Will See
Drive-bys are pretty glorious right now. Take time to get out for an amble, walk, hike or allow time to sit at a wayside rest and take it all in. If you are out and about, be sure to look for the bright red berries and mulit-colored leaves of the mountain ash berries. Keep an eye out for mushrooms, too. I am seeing pumpkin, coral, white, honey, and brick-toned fungi from penny- to basketball-sized.
See Photos from October 8-11
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a slideshow of photos from the past few days.