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There's still some fall color out there!

Although the peak time for fall colors varies year to year, the Northland and surrounding Western Great Lakes Region typically sees its peak in fall colors from mid September to early October. 

Weather conditions, such as temperature and rainfall, play a significant role in the timing of the leaves changing each fall. A wet and cool summer can cause the displays of color to develop earlier than a hot and dry summer. Severe drought conditions may dampen the brightness of the foliage color and the leaves may die early due to a lack of water. A day or two of strong winds can blow the leaves off the trees quickly. 

So get out to view the wonderful fall palette of nature while you can!



Photo by Don Baranaski

Fall Color Reports by State


What causes the fall colors?
(From MN Department of Natural Resources)