Fall Color Change 2022

Here’s your first Fall Color Forecast of northern Michigan!2022 Fall Color Wexford County 9 22 22

Until now, September has been on the mild/warm side with some decent sunshine and that slowed our color change.

The cooler air, along with clouds, is going to help that change happen. Right now, most areas at less than 20% changed with only pockets of color or small streaks of color within the trees.

The picture to the right is from Wexford County where things are coming along and will likely be approaching 50% by Sept. 29!

Higher elevations are finding a bit more change and those who dealt with the drought earlier this year are also getting more color.  The interesting thing is there is already more color around Flint and Saginaw than northern Michigan due to the dry summer!

Even a drive to the western U.P. won’t give you a lot of color either. At this point, most of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are just waiting for the cooler air to make a difference and it will soon!

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Your Fall Color Forecast features some change but everyone holding below 50% before Sept. 29.

The key thing to remember is that this is the forecast through the end of next week. So, there are areas showing 50% but that develops next week.

I anticipate after this weekend, there will be a lot more change in the Western U.P. and higher elevations of the L.P.

There are pockets of color around NE Lower as well but the region is predominantly green right now.

Peak conditions are a good 1 1/2 to 2 weeks away for much of this region, so you have time to make plans!

Lower elevations of the L.P. won’t likely Peak until the third or fourth week of October.

If you need help figuring out a drive, here’s a list of color tours put together by the County Road Association of Michigan:

Antrim County

  • Deadman Hill overlook off US-131 viewing Jordan River Valley
  • Jordan River Road off US-131
  • Pinney Bridge Road off M-66
  • Cascade Road off Alba Highway (CR 620)

Chippewa County

  • North and South Caribou Lake Roads in the DeTour Village area
  • Gogomain Road from Goetzville to Pickford
  • Lakeshore Drive from Brimley to M-123
  • Salt Point Road from M-28 to Lakeshore Drive

Crawford County

  • CR101 looking north from CR100 (“Pioneer Hill”)

Emmet County

  • Mitchell Road from Fletcher Road to Cheboygan County line
  • Pleasantview Road from M-119 to Robinson Road
  • Robinson Road from State Road to Pleasantview Road
  • State Road from Harbor Springs to Cross Village
  • Stutsmanville Road from Pleasantview to W. Townline, then W. Townline Road north
  • Brutus Road from Pleasantville Road to US-31
  • Tunnel of Trees – M-119
  • Williams Road from US-131 to Resort Pike Road
  • Resort Pike Road from Williams Road to Indian Garden Road

Leelanau County

  • North Eagle Highway
  • Newman Road
  • Port Oneida Road
  • Gills Pier Road
  • Schomberg Road

Mason County

  • Lakeshore Drive from Oceana Drive to Iris Road
  • Hawley from Pere Marquette Highway to Walhalla Road
  • South Masten Road to Washington Road and the Ruby Creek area
  • North Lakeshore Drive along Hamlin Lake
  • Custer Road from Hogue Road to US-10

Montmorency County

  • Pleasant Valley Road
  • Farrier Road
  • Carter Road
  • Meridian Line Road

Presque Isle County

  • Long Lake Highway from M-65 into Alpena County
  • E-634 Highway from Polaski Road west to Lake May Road
  • W-638 Highway Ocqueoc Road from Walker Highway to North Allis Highway from Ocqueoc Road west to M-211.

Wexford County

  • Fall Color Scenic Routes, all starting from downtown Cadillac
    • Route 1:  Around the Lakes (20 miles)
    • Route 2:  Northwest to Mesick (63 miles)
    • Route 3:  Southwest to Hoxeyville/Luther/Briston (64 miles)
    • Route 4:  Northeast to Lake City/Manton (32 miles)

In the U.P.: (Compiled from UPtravel.com)

    • Take US-2 West towards Rapid River
    • Munising to Seney to Grand Marais back to Munising
    • Newberry to Whitefish Pt.
    • Newberry to Deer Park to Grand Marais to Seney back to Newberry
    • Brimley to Eckerman to Paradise back toward Whitefish Road then to Bay Mills along the lake.
    • Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie to Pickford to Stalwart to Detour Village to Cedarville back to St. Ignace
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