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2023 Fall Color Report - Incredible Color!

Forecast for Oct. 27 - Nov. 2

This year’s Fall Colors have been incredible!

Last week was the Peak for much of the Lower Peninsula.

Of all my years here in Northern Michigan, I will say this was in the top 3!


Just look at these pics from across Northern Michigan.

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Taken by Brittany Cook

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Taken By Roger Hagerman

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Taken by Barb Woodhams near Kalkaska - Past Peak and beautiful!


So what’s to come? Past Peak and it’s happening fast!

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There’s no doubt Peak has passed for most areas and leaves are dropping fast.

Exceptions are along the lakeshores and areas farther downstate. This picture is a great example by Linda Maginity where Peak is expected this weekend.

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While the color is fading along the roads, don’t be afraid to go for a walk in the woods.


There is still color in much of the forests.

Get out there this weekend to catch the peak under the forest canopy!

Just be careful, watch out for wet leaves on wet roads making for slick conditions.

Hope you enjoyed this year’s reports.


Make you write down where you saw the best color this year so you can check it out next year!

- Tom

PS. Don’t forget this list of roads to check out the fall color for next year.

It was 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”)

Dickinson County

  • Kramer Drive on the north side of the city of Iron Mountain
  • Metropolitan Road near Felch

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

Gogebic County

  • Black River Road to Black River Harbor
  • Lake Road from Ironwood to Little Girls Point and Superior Falls
  • Black River Road from Bessemer to Copper Peak and Black River Harbor
  • Wolf Mountain Road from US 2 to Wolf Mountain
  • County Road 519N from Wakefield to the mouth of the Big Presque Isle River and Porcupine State Park
  • Thousand Island Lake Road from US 2 to Sylvania Wilderness Park

Houghton County

  • Covered Drive Road
  • Freda Road
  • Calumet Waterworks Road

Iron County

  • Ottawa Lake Road/Hagerman Lake Road loop
  • Pentoga Trail (CR-639) to CR-424 along Chicagon Lake and Pentoga Road from CR-424 to Brule River
  • Bates-Amasa Road (CR-643) US-2 to US-141 by Paint River and Hemlock River
  • Gibbs City Road and Ponozzo Road

Leelanau County

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

Keweenaw County

  • Brockway Mountain Drive
  • Lac La Belle Road
  • Gratiot Lake Road
  • Mohawk-Gay Road
  • Eagle Harbor Road
  • Cliff Drive
  • Five Mile Point Road

Marquette County

  • County Road 510 from County Road 502 north to Big Bay
  • Triple A off County Road 510 in Big Bay
  • County Road 533 in Skandia
  • M-35 from County Road 480 to Gwinn

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

Ontonagon County

  • South Boundary 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)

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