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Fall Color Report for the North Shore

Inland colors, especially maples along the ridge lines turn first with the birch and aspen providing a follow-up season of gold. Fall colors occur from early September through about the third week of October with maple colors peaking the last week of September into the first week of October. The next week the golden peak season occurs. A drier than usual summer could advance colors by a week or so.

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 fall color reports with suggested tours each Thursday.

Get the update below.

 

October 17th
So long Fall Colors

Persistent high winds have stripped the maples and most of the birch and poplar trees. The entire shore is pretty much past peak. You will see patches of golden birch or shoreline maples still holding on to their leaves. As always Lake Superior is stunning, whether calm and sparkling or raging and wild. All the recent rains make for rushing waterfalls – check out details here.

Scroll to the bottom of the page, then to see a slide show, click on a photo. Each week, I will add photos so you will be able to see the progression of color change throughout the season. And click below to see this week’s tour recommendations!

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Last Updated: 10-17-2018

Suggested Tours

What to expect: Area Reports

Scenic 61 to Two Harbors along Lake Superior
Scenic 61 to Two Harbors along Lake Superior The colors are Past Peak: Hello brown. see more

Percent Color Change :: past peak

High winds mean low amount of remaining leaves on the trees.

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Gooseberry Falls State Park The colors are Worth the trip: Leaf and underbrush colors are 50% or more, come on up! see more

Percent Color Change :: past peak

Gale force winds from strong storm this week stripped most of the maple and birch of their leaves. There are a few pockets of birch along the Gooseberry River and on the west side of the Sawtooth Ridge that were sheltered from the winds that still have some color. Recommended hikes: River View Trail with its view of Gooseberry River valley. Bring a snack, water, hiking stick and don’t forget the camera to capture the views.variety seen along the trails. Check out the pink salmon spawning below the Lower Falls.

Split Rock Lighthouse  State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park The colors are Past Peak: Hello brown. see more

Percent Color Change :: past peak

The majority of the leaves have been blown off the trees but there are a few yellows and browns of the birch and aspen trees that have hung on.

Tettegouche State Park
Tettegouche State Park The colors are Past Peak: Hello brown. see more

Percent Color Change :: past peak

The colors are best, right now, along Highway 61 and the nearshore areas, but things are quickly coming to completion. The show is almost over, inland from Lake Superior. There are still a few stands of trees holding their leaves, but many of our trees are bare.

The birches and aspens along the shore are just past peak but there is still some color. Inland, our sugar maples are mostly past peak and the storms this week with hasten leaf fall.

Inland -> Finland Area
Inland -> Finland Area The colors are Past Peak: Hello brown. see more

Percent Color Change :: past peak

Two different episodes of high winds – gale force – have taken the leaves, so we are past peak.

 

Schroeder-Tofte-Lutsen Area
Schroeder-Tofte-Lutsen Area The colors are Past Peak: Hello brown. see more

Percent Color Change :: past peak

Special viewing opportunity – snow-dusted leaves!! We’ve had winds and rain and snow, and now most of the leaves have fallen. We still have patches of birch and tamarack and when the sun shines everything looks better.

Cascade River State Park (Lutsen)
Cascade River State Park (Lutsen) The colors are Peak: It'll take your breath away. see more

Percent Color Change :: at/past peak

The park foliage along the river is primarily cedar and pines and therefore evergreen. Birch, moose maple and fruit trees have changed to fall yellows and nearby maple ridges are at  or past peak. Recent rains have given the waterfalls some extra kick.

The park deer are moving toward the Big Lake terrain and some of the park wolves have been seen on the move as well.

Grand Marais
Grand Marais The colors are Past Peak: Hello brown. see more

Percent Color Change :: past peak

Whoosh! The mighty wind came and blew away most of our leaves. Some maples in town still have color, but it’s pretty much over.

Gunflint Trail
Gunflint Trail The colors are Peak: It'll take your breath away. see more

Percent Color Change :: 75-80%

We have a new fall color today, white.  Gunflint Lake has a little snow on the ground, but a lot of fall colors still in the trees.  The fall colors are at 75% – 80% of peak.  Birches and aspens have the best gold color, with some red still on the maples.
I took both pictures from the Gunflint Lodge docks.  There was still light snow coming down at the time, but it seems to be getting brighter outside now.

report supplied by Gunflint Lodge

Grand Portage Area
Grand Portage Area The colors are Peak: It'll take your breath away. see more

Percent Color Change :: 75-100%

All our trails are still holding leaves and some color. With our recent weather the leaves are falling along with the snow flurries so come enjoy the color while it’s still here! The rain and wind have taken down a majority of the fall color but we still have some yellow left. Mushrooms, flowers and grasses are now past peak.

The past few weeks of rain have brought the water level of the High Falls up very high which equals a lot of spray and wet boardwalks. Cold temps at night and wet boardwalks mean ice ! Be extra careful while on the trails !