Stay tuned to this section for more information on the local fall colors. We get our information from a variety of sources (and recommend you do also!), and we do our best to keep you informed. Mother nature can at times be unpredictable and we do not guarantee weather or Fall color conditions. Please keep this in mind as you make your reservations. Peak color in the Western UP is typically the last week in September or first week in October.
Visiting the Upper Peninsula during the fall should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Peak fall color season in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan typically occurs the last two weeks of September into the first two weeks of October. Fall Reports are done weekly or more often during that time – check here for updated reports!!!
Here are some tips for planning your Fall Color Trip To The Western UP!
- Plan Your Trip!! The Western UP is a vast area and you could spend a lot of wasted time in your car if you don’t have a plan. This is of utmost importance if you don’t want to spend hours traveling out of your way, or worse yet – sleeping in your car (yes, it does happen, and no, it is never a good thing). Fall is a very popular time of year and we only have a limited number of rooms and suites. On average, travelers book about 2 weeks in advance here at our Lodge. AJ’s Walleye Lodge is centrally located to most of the areas’ attractions, waterfalls and “hot spots”, so we fill up quickly. We have plenty of maps and recommendations to make your trip memorable!
- The best color is typically Mid September to Early October here in the Lake Gogebic area.
It can vary in parts North of us like the Porcupine Mountains or Copper Harbor, which are usually a week or two behind. We get our information from a variety of sources (and recommend you do also!), and we do our best to keep you informed. 3. Travel “Off Peak”.
Weekday travel is by far the way to go. Skip the crowds and the traffic on your way up. PLUS, budget travelers will enjoy lower weekday rates at our lodge. 3. Pack Accordingly.
It’s challenging (at best) to try to predict weather in the Upper Peninsula. We may get a stray 70 degree day here or there, but average temps are typically in the 60s (or lower if its a cooler year) during the day and as low as the 30’s at night. It is not uncommon for the Western UP to see first snow flakes by Mid-October. On the same token – we’ve been known to have 90 degree weather in October.
- Lace up those hiking shoes.
This is waterfall country! There are so many excellent sites and waterfalls to see in this area, but almost all require some degree of hiking. Planning for it means not only knowing where you’re going, but making sure that you are prepared. Nothing worse than not having the correct shoes on your feet!4. Charge up those cameras.
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan was voted the #1 Fall Color Destination in the Country! Make sure you are taking some of those colors and memories back home with you!