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Pines, cedar, spruce, balsam
Trees Changing
Aspen/poplar, birch, tamarack
Peaking Fall Colors
Aspen/poplar and birch

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North Shore Fall Colors 2011! Fewer people, cooler temps and things you don't see in the cities like bald eagles and wolves.

>>Report for October 10, 2011

Fall Color Status: Birds in large numbers migrating and great fall colors... Maples have peaked in many areas. Birch and aspen / poplars are peaking and should be good for another week. Generally colors are best for maple and oak from mid September into early October. Colors for birch and poplar/aspen are last two weeks of September into mid October. Tamarack changes to lemon yellow at the end of September into early October. We report fall colors into two areas; the lower North Shore and upper North Shore. I35 road construction - try using Hwy 23 which connects Sandstone to Duluth. It is a very scenic fall colors drive and will get you away from the hustle of I35. Well worth the extra time...

FALL COLOR REPORT FOR LOWER NORTH SHORE / DULUTH AREA / HWY 61 MILE 0 TO MILE 70>>>Duluth through Little Marais, which includes Tettegouche State Park, St. Louis and Lake Counties. Current Report October 10; maples have peaked and are best on early season routes, use mid and late season routes for aspen/poplar and birch. Very nice colors. Birch are bright yellow from Silver Bay through upper North Shore along Lake Superior. Maples are red and orange on early season routes. There are some road closures due to forest fire activity in Lake and Cook Counties. Inland from Lake Superior; Finland, Isabella and end of Sawbill Trail. Hwy 61 is not affected. See more info about road closures. Awesome time of year to hike North Shore trails and explore the area.

FALL COLOR REPORT FOR UPPER NORTH SHORE HWY 61 MILE 70 TO USA / CANADA BORDER >>>All of Cook County from Schroeder up through Grand Portage, Gunflint Trail and the Canadian border area. Current Report October 10; maples have peaked and have fallen. Best colors are mid and late fall color routes for birch and aspen/poplar. Birch are bright yellow along Lake Superior.  There are some road closures due to forest fire activity in Lake and Cook Counties. Inland from Lake Superior; Finland, Isabella and end of Sawbill Trail. Hwy 61 is not affected. See more info about road closures. Awesome time of year to hike North Shore trails and explore the area.

Great opportunities exist for wolf, deer, and red fox watching at night. Also bald eagles, ravens and turkey vultures can be seen on road kill along Hwy 61 during the day. At mile 115 last week; 2 wolves and a red fox have been consuming a deer. At mile 121 last week; at least one wolf and a red fox have also been consuming a deer. During daylight; turkey vultures, ravens and bald eagles are feasting together. Saturday night 11pm September 24th in downtown Grand Marais two wolves trotted down Hwy 61 and turned down into RV Park, and ran into pond area by municipal pool.

Timber Wolf along Hwy 61 Grand Marais, Minnesota

Another wolf last Monday in broad daylight eating a carcass at mile 116.5 Hwy 61 [see image to left]. Wolf sightings are on a sharp increase due to over population and lack of fear for humans. We sat and watched this wolf for ten minutes, rolling and chewing on a dead animal. Colvill has been a hot spot the past three weeks. Between 9pm and midnight last week we saw 4 wolves, 7 red fox and 38 deer on Hwy 61 between Grand Marais and Judge Magney State Park. Wolves are commonly seen on and along Hwy 61 in Cook County in the; Lutsen area, Cascade River State Park area, up and through downtown Grand Marais, Colvill, Kadunce River Wayside area, Judge Magney State Park and Hovland.

2008 and 2009 - very late fall colors ended rather abruptly Oct 15th and 17th as strong fall squalls rolled in. Watching these storms rip leaves off trees and spin up Lake Superior into huge shore pounding waves, is a spectacular scene.

>>Keep these things in mind;

Watch out for ticks... we've been finding very small deer ticks on dogs and people. Hard to believe but, deer ticks are very active during the warm fall days and often attach in the very private body areas. Deer ticks are a recent invasive species that has moved into North Shore areas, possibly from excessive deer populations. (might be a good place to find an area to deer hunt.)

Please be courteous to those that don't want to drive as slow as you. Turn-out in a safe location and let faster traffic pass. Not everyone is leaf looking. People live and work here too. Thank you!

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See fall color images of Oberg Mountain from September 30th, 2010.

See fall color images of Cascade River from September 30th, 2010.

SPECIAL EVENT>>Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Beacon lighting and anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald Nov 10th. read more about this event...

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