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Detroit Lakes Minnesota: Fall Leaf Colors

Enjoy a leisurely drive to see autumn foliage colors

Oranges and reds. Pale greens and bright yellows. Deep green conifer spires. Autumn in lakes country is the opportune time to take leisurely drives and hikes to see the spectacular changing Minnesota foliage colors!

 
 
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Fall Leaf Color Report for September 16, 2019.
 
Fall leaf colors are at 25% or more in the Detroit Lakes area. Ash, elm and ironwood are sporting yellow leaves. Maple tree leaves are beginning to burst into orange and reds among the dark green pines. Depending on the trees, some areas may have colors at 50%. Peak colors are expected the week of September 30. Blooming wildflowers like asters and woodland sunflowers may be found. Traveling the roadways, the bright red sumacs may be seen along the slopes of hills by ditches. The remainder of hummingbirds are passing through, while Northern Flickers gather for migration.

Inhale the rich scent of autumn on a scenic hike or drive. Enjoy a day of activities at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge’s fall festival September 29. The family will enjoy picking their pumpkins at Janu’s Pumpkin Patch near Frazee on weekends beginning September 28.

Check the DNR's Fall Color Finder to see leaf color changes across Minnesota. See three suggested Fall Color Tour auto routes to plan your scenic drives and hikes to admire our autumn colors. Excited to see what Detroit Lakes in the fall is like? Watch our autumn video