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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 11, 2012

Eastern and Midwestern National Forest Fall Color Report 10/11/12

The  Eastern Region Fall Color Report has an October 11, 2012 new fall color report for

  • Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (Wisconsin)
  • Hiawatha National Forest (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)
  • Hoosier National Forest (Indiana)
  • Monongahela National Forest (West Virginia)
  • Ottawa National Forest (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)
  • Shawnee National Forest (Illinois)
  • Superior National Forest (Minnesota)

See report below:

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (Wisconsin)

Colors aboumd on the Forest!  For some great views of fall color & amazing wildlife like eagles, visit Southbound on WI Highway 13, south of the Glidden Ranger District’s Office.

Hiawatha National Forest (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)

The Hiawatha National Forest is currently at peak in some places, and slightly past peak in others. Since the last report, weather conditions have brought stronger winds, much cooler temperatures, and rain. While many trees are still holding on to those precious colors, especially closer to the Lakes, many inland locations are now seeing the color as a beautiful blanket covering the ground.  If you are looking to see some nice fall color, don’t wait too much longer! With Fall really starting to set in over much of the Upper Peninsula, it is predicted we will be facing much cooler temperatures, rain, potential snow in the highlands, and some wind come this weekend. Such conditions will set the stage for the less colorful part of fall.

Hoosier National Forest (Indiana)

We’ve got lovely colors on the Hoosier!  With 33-40% of the Forest in fall mode, the maples continue to show off their myriad of wonderful oranges and reds hues while the sweet gums are getting a beautiful deep crimson. Oaks and sycamores are turning yellow to brown with the leaves falling deftly onto the forest floor for a wonderful sounding hike in the woods.  Migrating and local bird species are feasting on the fallowed fields that have exploded with fall flowers. Temperatures are in the 50s & 60’s during the day and 30’s at night. Perfect temperatures for a horse ride with Froehlich’s Outfitter and Guide on the Hoosier!

Monongahela National Forest (West Virginia)

Around the Monongahela, most districts are reporting color at peak or just beyond.  The weather conditions of this week have greatly added to the change – frost/freezing night temperatures, wind, and rain. In some sections of the Forest quite a few of the leaves have either fallen and/or will fall by this coming weekend.  In the mountainous and low lying areas this may be the last time for viewing the colors before they all drop. This is the optimal time to visit the Forest for a leisurely scenic drive!

Ottawa National Forest (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)

The Forest is nowpast peak color.  Recently weather conditions, such as strong winds and snow, have caused a lot of leaves to drop. However, there are still some golden aspen leaves on the trees. The Forest abounds with beautiful fall foliage covering the Forest floor.

Shawnee National Forest (Illinois)

The autumn season is one of the most popular seasons for visiting the Shawnee. This region of Illinois is unique in that it is home to a variety of tree species, which in turn creates a beautiful array of fall colors. The Forest is relatively small compared to most national forests; however, at 280,000 acres it is the largest public land holder in the state and is popular year-round for hiking, hunting, viewing scenery, camping and horseback riding. Currently fall color conditions are occurring along the roadsides and in forest clearings. About 90% of the national forest still mostly green, but big changes are expected this week, as the cooler temperatures continue at night with daytime highs hovering in the mid-60s. Early turners such as the dogwood and sumac trees are dotting the countryside with their deep crimson leaves. While the treetops of the maples, sycamore and elm have started to turn into a blend of orange, yellow and red. It is predicted that peak season will occur around October 22.

Superior National Forest (Minnesota)

The old saying in Minnesota is “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.”  And, it is in the fall that this statement is at its truest.  Fall weather is fey.  Last week’s summery Thursday gave way to high winds and dropping temperatures.  Overall, only 5-25% of the leaves are still on the trees, though some large stands of maple are still in full color. Most of the remaining leaves are yellow aspen and birch, somewhat surprising as they were some of the first trees to turn. Bring warm clothes, an apple, and keep an eye on the weather.

Fall Color Hotline:  1-800-354-4595

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