Fall Colors Popping Across Northern Michigan

Looking for peak color? Head to the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin, where the trees are really popping! Inland areas of the Central and Eastern Upper Peninsula, as well as of pockets of the Lower Peninsula, are looking very nice with peak conditions. Overall, the Lower Peninsula color change is still limited.

Most of the region at 50% or less, and most lakeside areas are around 30% or lower.  Leaf peepers around Cadillac can find pockets of near peak or peak color this weekend. Gaylord, and much of Otsego County, are also enjoying near peak to peak conditions.

Photo Credit: Kimberley Hankamp-Kroupa in Lake Ann

One key thing to remember is that there is a lot of variability over just a few miles. You can go from near peak color, to maybe 30% within 10 miles, and then to 50% about 5 miles down the road.

Photo Credit: Kristy Parzych in Elk Rapids

Don’t be surprised if a lot of the early color gets taken down this weekend due to strong and gusty winds. More vivid colors are expected through the next few weeks! Be sure to spend time outdoors enjoying our fall colors.