Chippewa National Forest Fall Color Report

  Fall Color Report
    Map showing the typical peak colors throughout the state of Minnesota


 OCTOBER 1, 2012

 The fall color reached peak in the Chippewa National Forest over the weekend! Bright vibrant colors can still be viewed as the aspen, oak, maple leaves start blowing off the trees.  The sun helps show off the great colors in the forest!  The tamaracks are reaching their golden color.  The warm weather this week will take a turn tonight as rain and snow are in the forecast which will help the dry areas.


 SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway on State highway 38 north of Grand Rapids to Effie, MN is at peak this week with lots of bright colors to enjoy!  Follow the fall color tour signs for little side trips.  The maples and birch are at about peak in the central part of the Chippewa National Forest with the tamarack and aspen turning yellow each day in the southern part of the forest.  We can expect peak very soon.

 SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

Chippewa National Forest is at about 25% leaf color change this week.  Sunny days, cold nights and dry weather are the perfect conditions to create beautiful fall color.  The maples are an eye catching red and the tamaracks slowly turning gold.  The staghorn sumac is a nice burgundy color at this time (staghorn name comes from the velvet like branches similar to a stag’s antlers).


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