Western U.P. – Sept. 14
Crystal Mountain – Oct. 19
Traverse City Area – Oct. 24
Porcupine Mtns. – Oct. 4
Mackinac Island – Oct. 21
Grand Hotel – Somewhere in Time Weekend – October 27 – 29, 2017
Grand Hotel – Close the Grand for the Season – October 29 – 30, 2017
Fall Color in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula!
Fall Color Tours! Maps & Guides!
Fall Color Update – September 15, 2017
We are seeing some significant color in the woods of the interior Western U.P. If you’d like to get a sneak peak of the Fall Color Show of 2017, you might want to take a trip to Western U.P. this weekend. It looks like peak color in the interior of the Western U.P. may be here for the weekend of September 23 & 24. The peak for Lake of the Clouds will likely be a little later, perhaps the weekend of September 30 & October 1.
We are starting to see confirmations that the fall color season will be earlier this year. Last year color in the U.P. was 10 to 14 days later than the historic norm. We think the fall color will likely be closer to the historic norm this year, if not a little early.
We will watch and see what happens.
Here’s a general guide to peak color weekends for 2017 in Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. (Based on historical observation. Subject to adjustments by Mother Nature.) If the current predictions of early color come true, peak color will likely be half-a-week to a week early than the schedule below.
September 23 – 24, 2017 – Early Color with some early Peak color coming along in the interior of the Upper Peninsula
September 30 – 1, 2017 – Generally, a Peak Color Weekend in the Upper Peninsula. Interior areas may be past peak.
October 7 – 8, 2017 – A Late Peak Color Weekend, with Past Peak color in some interior regions of the Upper Peninsula
October 14 – 15, 2017 – Mostly Past-Peak Color Weekend with some peak color near the shoreline in the Upper Peninsula
October 21 – 22, 2017 – Past-Peak Color Weekend with some late-season color near the shoreline in the Upper Peninsula
Northern Lower Michigan
September 23 – 24, 2017 – Early Color Weekend with some isolated areas (Gaylord, and interior parts north) that may be Early Peak.
September 30 – 1, 2017 – Early Color Weekend with some peak color in interior regions of Northern Lower Michigan
October 7 – 8, 2017 – Early Color Weekend to Peak Color in interior regions of Northern Lower Michigan
October 14 – 15, 2017 – Peak Color in many areas – Some Past Peak Color in parts of Northern Lower Michigan
October 21 – 22, 2017 – Peak to Past Peak Color Weekend (look for the best of the remaining color near the lakeshore) in Northern Lower Michigan
October 28 – 29, 2017 – Likely Past Peak Color Weekend (look for the best of the remaining color near the lakeshore) in Northern Lower Michigan
Fall Color Chairlift Rides
Fall Calendar of Events – Highlights
Leelanau County Fall Color Photos – October 13, 2010
Traverse City Fall Color Photos – October 10, 2010