Brainerd Area News

Fall Colors Are Starting To Show

The colors have begun to show around the lakes area. The hint of reds on Crooked Lake.

The greens of summer start changing to lighter variations and finally to yellows, orange and reds. Fall is finding it’s way through Minnesota. As we see the leaves change there is an opportunity to take the beauty of the season and plan a trip. The challenge is to plan it at the peak time of the season. If you are too early you miss the most vibrant colors midst the lingering greens. If you go too late it quickly become barren with browns and tans. 

To pick the perfect weekend to go watch the fall colors, I have found an interactive map. According to predictions, the best time to view the fall colors around the lakes are is from September 29th to October 12th. The peak colors should fall within that range of dates, most likely around October 5th. 


There are many roads in the Brainerd Area to view the fall colors. Crow Wing and Cass highway 77 around the west side of Gull Lake is a local favorite. Tame Fish Road by Ruttger’s on Bay Lake offers some nice views. One of my absolute favorite places to look at the fall colors is up the north shore of Lake Superior. The many cliffs of dark grey volcanic rock offset the orange and reds of the season. This year we plan to join the many who make a pilgrimage to places like Gooseberry Falls to see fall at its very best. I’ll be taking some time off of the morning show, load up our camper trailer and head to Two Harbors to enjoy some fall camping and tour the shore during some of the peak colors.