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2022 Fall Color Map | October 6 to October 13

WOW! What a difference, Northern Michigan!

This past week’s cold and crisp nights made a huge change across the state. Northern Michigan’s higher elevations have jumped to Near Peak to Peak conditions. Our color forecast through the 13th tells the story: Go check out the fall colors. 

Right now, the best color is in the Western U.P. with Peak conditions expected over the next 7 days. Higher elevations of the Lower Peninsula are getting in on the action too with plenty of bright reds and oranges around Cadillac, Kalkaska and Roscommon. Recent pics from Tahquamenon Falls State Park also show an incredible display of color across the park.

Don’t forget this is the forecast through October 13. This means some areas show Peak but they are not there, yet. We expect Peak color by the 13th.

A great drive would be along M-115 from Cadillac to S. 29 Road, north to 16 Road then over to Manton. Continue east to Lake City along M-42. Then drive south along M-66 to M-55 and head into Cadillac for lunch.

I think you have a solid 2 weeks for most areas of the Lower Peninsula before the color starts fading.

If you need help figuring out a drive, here’s a list of color tours 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”)

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

Leelanau County

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

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

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)

In the U.P.
Compiled from UPtravel.com

Take US-2 West towards Rapid River
Munising to Seney to Grand Marais back to Munising
Newberry to Whitefish Pt.
Newberry to Deer Park to Grand Marais to Seney back to Newberry
Brimley to Eckerman to Paradise back toward Whitefish Road then to Bay Mills along the lake.
Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie to Pickford to Stalwart to Detour Village to Cedarville back to St. Ignace

2022 Fall Color Map | September 29 to October 6

Northern Michigan Fall Color map

A week has gone by and you may have noticed a bit more fall color, but not a lot! The last week’s clouds and cool temperatures helped to get things moving, but there aren’t large areas of color yet. Over the next week, cool nights will help some but the bright sunshine will make a difference, too. I expect better color across the higher elevations to come early next week but all areas are still at least a week or two behind schedule.

The Western U.P. is finally beginning to see decent color with many areas at least 30% changed. I expect most of that region to be at least 50% by October 6. I was at Tahquamenon State Park on September 25 and color was limited but M-123 between M-28 and Paradise did have plenty of color with near Peak conditions.

The key thing to remember is that this is the forecast through the end of next week. I expanded the areas showing 50% as that develops over the next seven days.

For the Lower Peninsula, some of the best color right now is over NE Lower, Eastern Lower and around Cadillac. There are pockets of bright reds and oranges developing that will look beautiful in the coming days. Just don’t look for a lot color in any one spot. The way things are going the weekends of October 15, 22 and 29 are shaping up to be very colorful for much of Northern Michigan. I would start planning now!

If you need help figuring out a drive, here’s a list of color tours 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”)

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

Leelanau County

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

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

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)

In the U.P. (Compiled from UPtravel.com)

  • Take US-2 West towards Rapid River
  • Munising to Seney to Grand Marais back to Munising
  • Newberry to Whitefish Pt.
  • Newberry to Deer Park to Grand Marais to Seney back to Newberry
  • Brimley to Eckerman to Paradise back toward Whitefish Road then to Bay Mills along the lake
  • St. Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie to Pickford to Stalwart to Detour Village to Cedarville back to St. Ignace

2022 Fall Color Map | September 22 to 29

Northern Michigan Fall Color map

Until now, September has been on the more mild and warmer side with some decent sunshine and that slowed leaf color change. The cooler air, along with clouds, is going to help that change happen soon. Right now however, most areas at less than 20% changed with only pockets of color or small streaks of color within the trees.

Higher elevations are finding a bit more change and those who dealt with the drought earlier this year are also getting more color. The interesting thing is there is already more color around Flint and Saginaw than Northern Michigan due to how dry summer has been. Even a drive to the western Upper Peninsula won’t give you a lot of fall color yet either. At this point, most of Northern Michigan and the U.P. are just waiting for the cooler air to make a difference and it will SOON!

At this time, our fall color forecast features some change, but everyone holding below 50% before September 29. 

The key thing to remember is this forecast runs through the end of next week, so some of these areas are not currently showing 50% color change, but it will be developing by the end of the week. After this weekend, we anticipate a lot more change in the Western U.P. and higher elevations of the L.P. There are pockets of color around NE Lower as well but the region is predominantly green right now.

Peak conditions are a good 1.5 to 2 weeks away for much of this region, so you have time to make plans! Lower elevations of the L.P. won’t likely Peak until the third or fourth week of October.

Plan Your Northern Michigan Fall Color Drive

If you need help figuring out a drive, head to our free Fall Club page for inspiration, autumn adventures and local events or check out this list of color tour routes below put together by the County Road Association of Michigan in partnership with 9&10 News:

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”)

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

Leelanau County

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

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
  • 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)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Compiled by our friends at UP Travel)

  • Take US-2 West towards Rapid River
  • Munising to Seney to Grand Marais back to Munising
  • Newberry to Whitefish Pt.
  • Newberry to Deer Park to Grand Marais to Seney back to Newberry
  • Brimley to Eckerman to Paradise back toward Whitefish Road then to Bay Mills along the lake.
  • Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie to Pickford to Stalwart to Detour Village to Cedarville back to St. Ignace

More Fall Color in Northern Michigan

Check back each week for an updated fall color map for the most accurate, up to date fall color in Northern Michigan.

Interested in taking a look at past fall color foliage dates? Explore our past Northern Michigan Fall Color Maps: 2021, 2020, 2019 & 2018 Northern Michigan Fall Color Maps

Fall color map starting October 14

Photo by 9&19 News

Peak week for last year’s fall color forecast as pictured above: October 14-21, 2021.