Fall's Colorful Forest Fashion Show About to Begin | Environment
By John Gozdzialski, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Northern Region Director
Days are getting shorter and the nights longer signaling once again another summer is behind us and fall will soon arrive across the Northland.
Wisconsin is a top fall tourism destination, which comes as no surprise to natives of the north or newcomers.
There is a season for everyone and every season has its specialties. Some love all four seasons and I am among those who love to fish on ice or open water, hunt deer and turkey, always taking in the scenic beauty and diversity of the state and region.
And one of my favorite times of the year, bookended by summer’s lush green and winter’s whites is fall’s fashion show.
And this year fall foliage forecast promises to be one of the best in years and could be downright glorious.
It is a good time to get out for a hike alone, with family or friends in one of our many state parks, trails or wildlife areas. Take in the rich autumn air and the lemony yellows, deer hunter oranges and Badger reds.
And if that’s not enough for you, there’s more for you viewing pleasure. Not only fabulous colors, but spectacular views.
Waterfalls, lakeshores, and river ways dominate the landscape at many northern Wisconsin State Parks, forests, wildlife areas and trails.
You can’t go wrong wherever you go, but one of my family’s favorite destinations in any season is the majestic falls of Douglas County’s Amnicon and Pattison state parks. Framed by fall colors they should offer memorable photogenic moments.
Other can’t misses include Ashland County’s Copper Falls State Park, Polk County’s Interstate State Park, which offers jaw dropping views of the scenic St. Croix River. Big Bay State Park, located on Madeline Island, is a great fall destination to take in the brilliant fall color against the backdrop of Lake Superior.
To the east, Northern Highland American Legion State Forest is located in Vilas, Oneida and Iron counties, in heart of the Northwood’s near the cities of Woodruff and Minocqua, the forest offers a spectacular panorama of color this fall.
From east to west and north to south, there is a colorful state park, forest or wildlife area near you. It’s a great time to pitch a tent next to that lake side site you couldn’t get during the summer peak season. Or paddle tranquil waters, bike, hike, or sit, stare and marvel.
If you need more information about places to go, or where the color hot spots are, please visit the Wisconsin Tourism website at www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report.
Bring your camera, binoculars and lunch. We hope to see you on the trail this fall.