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Fall Color Report
Fall Colors :: mid Sep - mid/late Oct
Peak Colors :: late Sep- early Oct

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October 15, late afternoon shoreline

cascade lake

Golden tamarack

fall ship
Autumn bonus, we begin to see ships sailing closer to shore.

cascade river lutsen fall color
Regular rain throughout the season means a bonus of autumn waterfalls still rushing

lake superior north shore fall
Lake Superior is as glorious as ever

cedar autumn
Lots of gold out there; here in cedar leaves

8 October 2014
P A S T ... P E A K

Intense blue skies, warm-ish days, blustery breezes, cool nights. What's missing? Most of the leaves. Fall colors on the north shore starts and ends with the understory and the occasional tree and we are at the end of the season.
The exception to this is the Tamarack trees, whose needles turn golden. Coming across stands of these trees at dawn or dusk is especially lovely as they appear to glow.

Nina's Suggested Tour
>> Drive Highway 61
>> Hike Gooseberry Falls State Park
>> Drive Stoney Point off Scenic 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors
details and maps here

What to expect along the shore
parks are listed from SW [near Duluth] to NE [near Canada]

Gooseberry Falls State Park reports
colors :: 75-100%
Yellow leaves are everywhere! You'll find them still in the trees, carpeting the trails and flying down around you. The tamaracks are starting to change their yellow green as well. The forecast for the weekend is beautiful so hit the trail and the shore for the last breath of fall!.
Right now the birches and aspens are beautiful! Walking along any trail in the park will give you a great opportunity to enjoy the season. Leaves are littering the trails and the falls are flowing.
Looking for something for the kiddos to do during the MEA weekend? Come to Junior Park Naturalist from 11:00-11:30 am on Saturday, October 18th. Get a free book and start earning your badge and certificate today! Meet by the Art Column outside the Visitor Center. Join the Naturalist again from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm for the Fall Color Lab! Discover the reason for the season through a handful of activities! Meet in the Visitor Center Theater. 10/14

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
colors :: past peak
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park has a lot of birch trees and some small stands of maples. Hike the trails for some good views. Have a picnic in one of our new lakeside picnic sites which are also ADA accessible. Or stay overnight in the campground among the trees and the lake. Any place in the park is a good place to go during fall. Many birch and aspen trees are still yellow. 10/13

Tettegouche State Park reports
colors :: past peak
The sugar maples are almost completely done but the smaller, shrubby mountain maple is showing a lot of color this week.
On the north end of the park, the red oaks are mostly a rich, blood-red color. The yellows of the birches and aspens are glowing along the lake shore, right now.
On the north end of the park, the red oaks are mostly a rich, blood-red color. The yellows of the birches and aspens are glowing along the lake shore, right now. 10/8

George Crosby Manitou State Park reports
colors :: past peak
The sugar maples are all but done, but their diminuitive cousin, the mountain maple, is showing its true colors. White cedars rim Benson Lake, and although they do not lose their leaves or turn colors in the fall, they add a wonderful, deep-green contrast to the yellows and golds of the surrounding deciduous trees.
Due to the wet summer, the Manitou River flows have not dwindled like most North Shore streams do during dry summers. A hike to the Cascades on the Superior Hiking Trail will afford you delightful views of the crashing, falling waters of the Manitou River. Hike to the Benson Lake Overlook on the Superior Hiking Trail (aka the Middle Trail) for views of the lake and the surrounding forests. 10/8

Temperance River State Park
colors :: past peak
The sugar maples are all but done along the North Shore, but the smaller, shrubby mountain maple is showing its dramatic colors. Birches and aspens are peaking right about now, showing their golden colors. The wet summer has kept our North Shore streams flowing well throughout the season, so the waters of the Temperance River are still higher than is usual for fall.
Lots of smaller shrubs and herbaceous plants also turn brilliant colors in the fall. In addition to looking up at the leaves of the big trees, look down at the forest floor and see the under-appreciated show going on down there. The six mile, roundtrip, hike to Carlton Peak will reward you with broad vistas of the surrounding forest. 10/8

Cascade River State Park reports
colors :: past peak
Birch and aspen are just past peak along the shore of Lake Superior. Maples, birch, and aspen further inland are dropping leaves quickly while trees along the Lake are still holding on.
Fall is a wonderful time to visit Cascade River State Park! Take a walk along the river to a few waterfalls, view Lake Superior along the lake trail, or hike up to Lookout Mountain at 600 feet above Lake Superior.
. 10/15

Judge CR Magney State Park reports
colors :: past peak
Fall colors remain in the deciduous trees and the understory of the park. On windy days the waves rock and roll along the Superior shoreline. On an early morning hike, several recent visitors reported seeing otters, eagles, salmon, and wolves.
Hike the Devil's Kettle, Timberdoodle or Gauthier Creek Trails for a wide variety of colors. Paradise Beach at about mile marker 123 offers great opportunity to check out the fall tones and moods of Lake Superior. 

Grand Portage State Park reports
colors :: past peak
Color change within the park is nearly done, with most of the trees past their peak color. There is still some good color along the High Falls Trail and the first half of the Middle Falls Trail, but along the second half of the Middle Falls Trail most of the leaves have fallen. The best color will now be outside of the park along the shoreline of Lake Superior. 10/13

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