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Fall Color Update 2018

Check back on Tuesday and Friday afternoons starting September 18, 2018, for updates from Sault Ste. Marie to Paradise, Michigan.

Fall St. Marys River Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Photo by David Kaye October 21, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Fall is wrapping up for the 2018 season. Sault Ste. Marie still has trees with color, but the windy days are taking a toll on the foliage.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse closed for the season Sunday, October 14, but you can still explore the grounds and the beautiful boardwalk through the forest. 

Tahquamenon Falls State Park was at PEAK for color saturation Friday, October 12. However, there are still have 40% of the leaves remeaning on the trees in the park as of 10-23-2018.

Friday, October 19, 2018
Sault Ste. Marie is still hovering around the 70% saturation point with some areas already starting to drop leaves. 

Point Iroquois Lighthouse closed for the season Sunday, October 14, but you can still explore the grounds and the beautiful boardwalk through the forest. 

Tahquamenon Falls State Park was at PEAK for color saturation Friday, October 12. However, there are still 50% of the leaves remeaning on the trees in the park as of 10-19-2018.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Sault Ste. Marie is nearing the peak at roughly 70% color saturation.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse is not far behind Sault Ste. Marie for color with 65-70% color saturation. The lighthouse still has hints of yellowy green leaves.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park was at PEAK for color saturation Friday, October 12. 

Friday, October 12, 2018
Sault Ste. Marie has lots of reds, oranges, and greens depending on where you look. The Soo is at about 60% color saturation.  

Point Iroquois Lighthouse said the yellows are finally popping! There is still some green, but they feel that they are at 60-65%

Tahquamenon Falls colors are at PEAK!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Sault Ste. Marie is at a solid 55% color saturation, if not a little higher. We said it October 2nd and we’ll say it again, DON”T WAIT!!!

Point Iroquois Lighthouse wasn’t able to give us an update, but this image was taken October 7, 2018, tells us that the color is roughly 60%. Watch the video this clip came from here.

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, north of Tahquamenon Falls, said they are at peak! They predicted that this weekend would be amazing for fall color.

Friday, October 5, 2018
Sault Ste. Marie 40-45%
Point Iroquois Lighthouse 45-50%
Tahquamenon Falls 50%

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
DON’T WAIT MUCH LONGER!!! The colors are changing VERY fast! The Soo was just 10% on Friday, but just three days later we are closer to 30-40%.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse feels safe saying their color is a solid 45% with vibrant reds and oranges. 

Tahquamenon Falls reports a solid 43% for color saturation throughout the park.

Friday, September 28, 2018
The smell of fall might be in the air but fall colors are trailing! Sault Ste. Marie is still mostly green with trees beginning to fade to yellow, but very little change. There are still a few red trees here and there, but nothing to get excited about. 

Point Iroquois Lighthouse is seeing far more color along the shore of Lake Superior, they reported roughly 30% color saturation for the area. They have a lot more orange and reds popping this week.

Tahquamenon Falls reports a colorful 30% also.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
The Soo is seeing a few more reds and yellows, but still no major color change. We are sitting about 10% saturation.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse west of the Soo on Lake Superior is also no more than 10% color. They reported having little change from last Friday.

Tahquamenon Falls is seeing very little color change also. A few trees are looking colorful, but still mostly green. The Park Ranger is predicting one more week we will see significant change.  

Friday, September 21, 2018
Fall weather is upon us!
Sault Ste. Marie is still very green, but it is starting to yellow a little more. The very tips of the trees have begun to get a red hue. 

Point Iroquois Lighthouse area is the same as the Soo, but they are starting to see more full-blown reds.

Due to a power outage in the area, we were unable to contact the Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Falls Taken September 22, 2018 by Instagrammer @miejungparkyork

but the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, north of the park, was very helpful. The leaves are a turning red and burgundy at Whitefish Point. They were also able to tell us that the trees are a little greener 10 miles south of them in Paradise on the way to the waterfalls.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The fall weather finally hit us last night as the temps dipped into the low fifties. We should start seeing more colors soon. We are seeing the green leaves begin to change into a pale yellow from Sault Ste. Marie to Tahquamenon Falls. At the current time, the northeastern Upper Peninsula is less than 5% color saturation.