Fall colors nearing their peak in Northeastern Minnesota

The DNR says Northeastern Minnesota is "as close to peak as we're going to be!"

Val Merz (from left) of Grand Marais, Kathy Eckmann and Dave Eckmann of St. Paul pause to take in the fall colors while hiking at Oberg Mountain in the Superior National Forest near Lutsen, Minn. (Clint Austin /

We're nearing the peak of the "perfect" year for fall colors.

A majority of Northeastern Minnesota is experiencing 75-100% of its foliage turning colors — meaning it's the perfect time to get outside.

The right amount of rain and few insect or disease problems are yielding this year's exceptional colors, according to News Tribune reporting.

Photos: Fall colors at Britton Peak Photos by Clint Austin

Some areas of the state, however, may not be so lucky. Certain areas of the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota experienced flooding and standing water, submerging roots in water for too long and muting the fall colors, said Val Cervenka, forest health program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


In Jay Cooke State Park, ash trees have dropped many of their leaves, while maples are at their peak. Aspens will also start to turn from green to yellow, and certain wildflowers and wild grasses will continue showing color, according to the DNR's online fall color finder . It provides color updates at state parks across Minnesota and is updated every Thursday.

Photos: Fall color at Oberg Mountain Photos by Clint Austin

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