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Fall Colors Nearing Peak in Much of Northland

Duluth's Enger Tower offers stunning views of the fall colors, with a different angle to see from every level of the tower. Duluth's Enger Tower offers stunning views of the fall colors, with a different angle to see from every level of the tower. |  Photo: Jon Ellis/WDIO-TV

October 06, 2017 04:41 PM

Fall colors are at or near peak in much of the Northland for the first weekend in October.

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The Minnesota DNR says colors are at 75 to 100 percent of peak in the Duluth area, Carlton County, most of Cook County, and parts of northern St. Louis County. Trees are still colorful, but not as far along, on the central part of Minnesota's North Shore.

One way to enjoy the fall colors is to drive through Jay Cooke State Park along Highway 210, which recently reopened five years after major flood damage. Cascade River State Park in Cook County recommends hiking the trail to Lookout Mountain for some stunning views.

The Superior National Forest says that while heavy rain and blustery winds knocked down most of the maple leaves, the birch and aspen are now at their peak. Forest officials advised visitors to wear orange since hunting is underway.

In Wisconsin, tourism officials say colors are at about 80 percent of peak in northern Douglas County and in the Hayward area, with lessor amounts of fall color in other parts of northwestern Wisconsin.


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