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!
Peak leaf colors in the Detroit Lakes, Minnesota area are expected the last week in September into the first week of October. Find your own route to admire nature’s palette of colors or choose one of our suggested fall color tour routes.
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Fall Leaf Color Report sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce for September 19, 2018 in cooperation with Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and the DNR Forestry office in Detroit Lakes.
Leaf color change in the Detroit Lakes area is at about 15 percent. Some maple trees are beginning to turn red, and you'll notice hints of yellows in ash, aspen and birch trees. Check the ditches for brilliant red sumac and Virginia creeper. You may see blooming asters and golden rods while big bluestem grasses are turning a rusty red. Fall bird migration is underway with hummingbirds and orioles leaving the area while Trumpeter Swans gather on lakes with coots and ducks.
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.