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Fall Color Update – October 15, 2019

I hope everyone was able to get out for the fall color last weekend. There were wide-spread PEAK FALL COLOR conditions throughout Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. If you missed last weekend, you have another week for find a bounty of fall color and then probably another week after that for some good late season fall color.

In the Western U.P. the interior routes are now past peak. You can still find some late-peak color along the Lake Superior shoreline. Still a good time to catch the last of the color at Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. And of course the waterfalls in the Western U.P. are beautiful year-round. (NOTE: Chairlift rides continue this week and weekend at Copper Peak – Copper Peak Ski Jump and Adventure Ride – Western U.P.. The chairlift rides at Porcupine Mountains Ski Area have ended for the fall season.)

You still should be able to find some late-peak conditions along interior routes in the Eastern U.P. And fall color should still be good this weekend along routes along Lake Superior.

The color on Mackinac Island is now peaking and you should be able to find good color on Mackinac Island through the weekend with great late season color through the weekend of October 26 & 27.

In Northern Lower Michigan fall color is peaking now along all interior routes. Some interior regions will be moving past peak going into the weekend. Routes along the Lake Michigan shore – such as M-22 in Benzie and Leelanau County – should have good color. And this should be a peak weekend to travel the Tunnel of Trees north of Harbor Springs.

Check back in the weeks to come for the latest updates on the progress fall color show in Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Fall Calendar of Events – Highlights


Pure Michigan Fall Color Update – October 11 – 17, 2019


Here’s a general guide to peak color weekends for 2019 in Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. (Based on historical observation. Subject to adjustments by Mother Nature.)

Upper Peninsula

September 21 – 22, 2019 – Early Season Color with some the possibility of early Peak color coming along in the interior of the Upper Peninsula
September 28 – 29, 2019 – Generally, an Early Peak Color Weekend in the Upper Peninsula along interior routes. Early season color for routes near the lake shore.
October 5 – 6, 2019 – Likely A Peak Color Weekend for interior routes. Early Season to Peak color along the lake shore routes of the Upper Peninsula
October 12 – 13, 2019 – Peak Color Weekend for lake shore routes with past peak conditions coming into play along interior routes.
October 19 – 20, 2019 – Past-Peak Color Weekend with some late-season color near the shoreline in the Upper Peninsula

Northern Lower Michigan

September 21 – 22, 2019 – Early Color Weekend with some isolated areas (Gaylord, and interior parts north) that may be showing signs of early peak color.
September 28 – 29, 2019 – Still an early Color Weekend with some early peak color in interior regions of Northern Lower Michigan
October 5 – 6, 2019 – Early Color Weekend to with some possible Peak Color in interior regions of Northern Lower Michigan
October 12 – 13, 2019 – Peak Color in many areas in the interior. Some areas may be moving past peak.
October 19 – 20, 2019 – Peak Color Weekend in many regions closer to the lake shore – some interior regions in Northern Lower Michigan likely past peak.
October 26 – 27, 2019 – Likely Past Peak Color Weekend (look for the best of the remaining color near the lake shore) in Northern Lower Michigan

Click through to the calendar for the latest events here.

Fall Color Updates

Fall Color Chairlift Rides

Fall Calendar of Events – Highlights




Mackinac Island Fall Color Photos – October 3, 2012

Leelanau County Fall Color Photos – October 13, 2010

Traverse City Fall Color Photos – October 10, 2010

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