Experience Nature’s Colorful Splendor!

Fall at the Soo Locks

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

The Eastern Upper Peninsula is a place to enjoy a beautiful and colorful landscape year round. The fall season brings bright reds, yellows, and oranges to the scenery.

Get the current fall color update HERE.

Read the Fall Peepers and the Fall in Love with the Soo blogs.

Travel to Tahquamenon Falls and Whitefish Point  driving along the Curly Lewis Highway (also known as Lakeshore Drive) which follows Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay. The mature trees line the road giving you a tunnel feeling in spots along the highway. Catch it at the right time and the looming trees are filled with vibrant colors of the fall season. Below are the attractions and viewpoints you’ll find on your drive. View a map of the highway here.

Enjoy Mother Nature’s free art exhibit by visiting the Eastern Upper Peninsula during the autumn season.

On the scenic Lakeshore Drive from Sault Ste. Marie through Brimley and north up M-123 you can explore:

1. Monocle Lake Hiking Trail and Mission Hill Overlook, part of the Hiawatha National Forest, offers one of the Upper Peninsula’s most memorable views. Bring a camera to capture this stunning panoramic display.

2. Point Iroquois Light Station is located along this scenic drive that hugs the Lake Superior shoreline. Only 20 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie and 51 miles east of Tahquamenon Falls, it’s worth the drive to visit this landmark. During business hours, you can climb up into the lighthouse and experience the view from a different perspective. The view from the pristine beach is just as memorable. Walk the wooden boardwalk through the woods and see the giant ore freighters out in the bay.

3. Hiawatha National Forest’s Big Pine Picnic Area is one of the most beautiful places along the Lake Superior shoreline. Nestled among giant red and white pine trees, there are tables, grills, and benches to view the spectacular sunsets over the greatest body of freshwater in the world.

4.  Tahquamenon Falls  Approximately 1.5 hours west of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, the falls are a popular fall destination for visitors of all ages. The stunning upper waterfall of the Tahquamenon Falls State Park is most noted for its impressive size and distinct color. The lower waterfalls are smaller but very popular for boating and canoeing (seasonal rentals are available). There are miles of hiking trails between the falls to experience autumn first hand. This is a relaxing drive on a beautiful fall day to a fantastic destination.

5. While you’re enjoying the drive around the Tahquamenon Falls State Park area take a short trip north to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and the Whitefish Point Light-Station. This maritime museum is filled with the history of Lake Superior’s most tragic events. The museum is also home to the bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter that sank November 10, 1975. The freighter was immortalized by Gordon Lightfoot in his song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald“.

A great way to experience the fall colors is the Agawa Canyon Tour Train!

Scenic Drive from Sault Ste. Marie Map

Mission Hill Photo by Mikel B. Classen

Mission Hill Photo by Mikel B. Classen