Fall Colors on the Chippewa NF

Fall Colors

Map showing typical fall colors

Scenic Drive Photo with Trip pn a Tankful ticket

Take a trip on a tankful and enjoy one of the Scenic Byways on the Chippewa National Forest more information on specific byways and designations! 



October 4, 2016

Beautiful fall evening on the Chippewa National Forest. Enjoy every glimpse of color as we reach peak on the Forest.

gold fall colors reflecting off a lake

The Chippewa is showing some bright beautiful leaf color this week, with color at about 75%. The drive from Walker to Cass Lake on highway 371 is very welcoming. Enjoy a drive along the Woodtick Trail or hike the North Country National Scenic Trail both near Walker, for some great fall color. Many birds can be seen, especially the bald eagles flying over the blue area lakes. Consider a trip now when the color is popping and the weather is perfect!


September 28, 2016

The leaves are changing this week in the Chippewa, with aspen and paper birch turning a bright yellow and the maples beautiful shades of red. Enjoy a drive on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway (State highway 38 north of Grand Rapids) where you’ll find about 50% of fall color, or bike along the Migizi Trail near Cass Lake in the fresh, crisp autumn air. Looking forward to more vibrant fall color coming soon in the Forest!


September 21, 2016

The first day of fall!  There are more and more signs of fall time... Cooler mornings are producing fog, making for magical photo opportunities. The color changes can be enjoyed throughout the Forest. All trees are showing changes now. Maples are quickly changing with red maples turning deep red throughout the park. Orange-peach colors are becoming more noticeable in the sugar maples.  Ash, located in the wetlands, are now yellow. Paper birch are beginning to display more yellow.

Fall Colors on the Chippewa National Forest


September 9, 2017

Countdown to Autumn!  The tamaracks are just starting to lighten, the roads of the Forest show peaks of red, orange adn yellow.  The tamaracks are starting to lighten and fall is in the air.

Typical peak colors on the Chippewa National Forest are mid September to early October.