Minn. DNR Predicts Brilliant Fall Colors Season

By KBJR News 1

Fall colors near Hurley, WI in the Penokee Range

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota DNR is predicting a spectacular season of fall colors as parts of the state start seeing the tell-tale hues of autumn.

During the next seven or eight weeks, waves of fall color will roll across Minnesota’s forests and prairies, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division encourages families to get out and enjoy them.

The statewide fall color report on the Minnesota DNR website is updated every Thursday by staff at state parks and recreation areas. These reports include percent of color change, peak color projections and three state park or trail destinations considered “hot picks” of the week.

“We’re predicting it will be a brilliant fall color season,” said Patricia Arndt, communications and outreach manager for the Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Trails. “Although it’s been dry lately, the trees got adequate rain earlier this season. Now we just need a combination of sunny days and cool nights in the weeks ahead to bring out the fall colors."

Colors typically peak between mid-September and early October in northern third of the state, between late September and early October in central third and between late September and mid-October in southern third, which includes Twin Cities.

The Minnesota DNR is also offering fall colors enthusiasts a mobile website that will track the changing colors, including reports on percent of color change and integrated Google maps.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns