Travel Michigan: Michigan Fall Color Update

Fall Color Spreading Across Upper Peninsula

LANSING, Mich., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Fall color continues to spread across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this week, with peak color only seven days away in the Northwest, says AAA Michigan.

AAA’s survey of state parks and regional visitor’s bureaus shows 50 percent color development in most areas of the U. P.; however, along the western shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula, colors have reached 60-80 percent development and are reported as “fair” to “good.” The best viewing can be found at Fort Wilkins State Park (Copper Harbor), F.J. McClain State Park (Calumet) and Porcupine Mountain State Park (Ontonagon).

Just west of Marquette, at Van Riper State Park in Ishpeming, good color is reported in 60 percent of the trees, with peak color anticipated within one week. Across the rest of the U.P., color is spilling onto the landscape in hues of yellow, orange and red.

Developing color spots in the Lower Peninsula include Cadillac, Frankfort, Gaylord, Mackinaw City, Manistee and Onaway, where red, orange and yellow hues are reported, with color development at 15-25 percent.

For additional information on Michigan fall color conditions, fall getaway packages and fall events, travelers may visit or call (888) 78-GREAT (784-7328). Information is updated weekly by AAA Michigan at during the fall color season.

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Michigan Fall Color
Getaway Packages

Sandy Korners Adventure Tours – Mears
Lake Superior Color Tour
10/2/2005 – 10/19/2005

Four-day, three-night guided self driving Jeep color tour through the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan includes:

* Sunday night lodging at the Sierra Sands in Silver Lake
* Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights lodging at Hulbert Lake Lodge
* Seven meals

Package available October 2-5, 9-12, and 16-19, 2005. Prices start at $395/person, two people per Jeep. Restrictions apply.

Contact: (231) 873-5048 or visit

Drummond Island Resort – Drummond Island
Fall Gourmet Golf Package
10/1/2005 – 10/31/2005

Drummond Island Resort & Conference Center encompasses 2000 beautiful acres of woods, water and wildlife located on the north shore of Drummond Island – the largest freshwater island in the United States!

Packages start at $87.50 weekdays (Sun-Thurs) and $100.00 weekends (Fri-Sat), include:

* Overnight accommodations (standard or loft room) at The Lodge
* 18 holes of golf at The Rock
* Free replay
* $25.00 nightly dinner credit at Bayside Dining
* $6.00 daily breakfast credit at Pins
Contact: (800) 999-6343 or visit
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Autumn Festival Highlights
September 28 – October 4, 2005

9/30/05 – 10/2/05

Come join in Biketoberfest, September 30 thru October 2, for viewing the spectacular color along Lake Charlevoix and surrounding area. Event includes two huge parties with live music, chairlift to the top of Boyne Mt. for downhill Mt. Bike ride on Sunday and use of all Boyne amenities. Call (248) 549-1072 for details or visit

Autumn Apple Days & The Great Pumpkin Roll

Join in the family fun, October 1 at the parking lot of Rehn’s Super Valu in St. Ignace. Activities include Guess the weight of the pumpkin, apple bingo, apple fritter toss and karaoke. The Great Pumpkin Roll begins at 4 pm, Fire Department’s open house at noon and lots of other events going on. Call (800) 338-6660 for more details or visit

Cranberry Harvest Demonstration Day

Take a Hay Wagon Ride to the Cranberry Bogs to watch a sea of red plump cranberries get harvested. Watch the cranberry packing demo or stop by the farm market for fresh or dried cranberries, cranberry preserves, mustards, sauces, baked goods, apples, pumpkins and more … all at DeGrandchamp Farms. Call (888) 483-7431 for more information or visit

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