Pure Michigan Fall Color Update – November 4 – 11, 2016
Michigan’s magnificent annual fall color show comes to an end.
Fall colors are nearing their sunset or have peaked in many locations around Michigan. But there’s no need to despair—Michigan has a multitude of ways to experience this robust season. Peak fall color is expected to briefly linger on Mackinac Island. Seasonal businesses are closing; but, you can still enjoy the beauty of the Island by exploring its trails, natural caves, Arch Rock and much more. The rest of the UP is currently pass peak as is most of Michigan’s Northwest Lower Peninsula communities. However, Charlevoix is still reporting to beaboutone week away from peak conditions.
For the Muskegon County area, many trees have lost their leaves. But, there are still beautiful pockets of reds, yellows, golds and russets near the lakeshore. Peak color is now less than one week away.
Whitehall and Ludington are experiencing peak color now. Cheboygan isalso currently at peak. Locals suggest visitors exploreUS- 27 and US- 23 along the shores of Lake Michigan and Mullett Lake for a final glimpse of the area’s color explosion.
Downtown Frankenmuth is in its peak with reds that should last another week. The drive along I-75 from Saginaw to Birch Run is also peak with yellows and almost peak with reds. However, trees near waterways tend to still be on the green side.
South Haven and Van Buren County communities arealive with color. The area’s best color can be found along the Lake Michigan lakeshore, which could last another one or two weeks depending on the weather.
As you drive along our jewel-colored roads in Michigan’s Great Southwest, you will see brilliant fall color that will easily last one week and possibly two weeks depending on the weather. The tree-lined streets of downtown Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and Stevensville, and the city parks are filled with abundant fall color. Walk along Lake Michigan’s sandy shore, or hike the dunes, bike the trails and/or paddle area waters. Whatever you favorite outdoor activity, you will see amazing shades of yellow, orange and red throughout the coming week.
Kalamazoo, New Buffalo, and Harbor Country communities are all currently at peak color now. Lansing, and surrounding mid-Michigan communities are still about one to two weeks from peak; however, the area is boasting brilliant oranges, yellows and reds in anticipation of the season’s grand finale. Back roads, city parks, nature preserves, golf courses and state parks will showcase some of the season’s best color this weekend.
Lenawee County anticipates peak conditions within the next week. Detroit is reporting beautiful yellows and oranges mixed with area greens now and estimates peak conditions to be one to two weeks away. The fall colors are stunning right now in the Ann Arbor area. At picturesque Ford Lake in Ypsilanti, there are bright reds and yellows and oranges– perfect for a photo-op while kayaking or canoeing area rivers and streams. If you’re hiking through Bird Hills Nature Area, you’ll see glorious and stunning autumn foliage and enjoy the crisp– but comfortable– temperatures that Ann Arbor is known for in early November. Peak color is here now. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this magnificent show before the sun sets on another season!