Much of Minn. at ‘past peak’ stage for fall color

Much of Minnesota is at the “past peak” stage for fall color, according to the latest update from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

According to the DNR’s fall color finder map, as of Friday, some portions of central and southern Minnesota are displaying seasonal color change up to 100%. The rest of the state has received the “past peak” designation.

Roughly a week ago, the map reported fall color in portions of the state was at 75-100%.

Most areas are reporting a mix of red and brown colors, with some trees already losing their leaves.

To update the map each week, state park staff check the trees, wildflowers and grasses in their area. Those observations are used to create the color-coded map that shows the approximate percentage of fall color that can be seen.

Minnesotans who are interested can compare this year’s fall color data with the past two years, to see how the fall season can change in the state.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has also compiled a Fall Guide with lists of fall activities and a fall color photo gallery.