Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 13, 2012

Midwest Fall Color Report

The Eastern Region of the National Forest Service posted the following Fall Color Report for  September 13, 2012 for fall color in Michigan,Indiana and Minnesota:

 Hiawatha National Forest (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)
The Hiawatha National Forest is still experiencing seasonably warm weather conditions, little to no rain, and fair to moderate daily wind conditions. At this time, color change in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan is still extremely spotty, with only sporadic glimpses of color starting to peek through the leafy green.
Hoosier National Forest (Indiana)
The Hoosier continues with slight color changes with most trees.  Sycamores and tulip poplars are showing their yellows and faded greens.  Shrubs and vines along with the sassafras are becoming brilliantly red.
Temperatures are more fall like for the coming week and a slight chance for a little rain Friday night and early Saturday otherwise it sounds like a perfect weekend for camping and enjoying the trails!
Huron-Manistee National Forests (Michigan)
Hints of color are just starting to appear on the Huron-Manistee National Forests.  Less than 5% of peak color is found in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.
Ottawa National Forest (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)
Colors on the Ottawa National Forest are at approximately 10%.  There is less than 2% color development as observed from the Bear’s Den Overlook in the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness Area
Superior National Forest (Minnesota)
Fall colors are confused this week.  Around a corner from a birch stand which is 90% turned, it will look like July.  There are fewer bright yellows and more warm browns, possibly due to the dry conditions.  Moose maple adds bright red, and asters are blooming everywhere.  Most sugar maples are still green, but some shades of red and yellow are beginning to show. Happy driving: you never know what it will look like around the next bend.
Fall Color Hotline:  1-800-354-4595

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