Fall Color Report – Otter Tail Lakes Area

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Fall foliage colors in the Becker County area are at 75 percent or more, with many trees at peak shades of red, orange, peach and yellow. The maples are stunning shades of red, and the oak and aspen trees are sporting golden and yellow hues. Stands of sumac along the ditches are a deep, rich red. Bird migration is underway, with trumpeter swans gathering on area lakes in groups of up to 100. The hiking trails at Sucker Creek Preserve east of Detroit Lakes on Hwy 10 and south on 290th, and at the Dunton Locks County Park south of Detroit Lakes on Hwy 59 offer stunning fall color. And the county roads within Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge remain open to the public, and they are lined with magnificent fall color. Learn more about suggested Fall Color Tour auto routes in the Detroit Lakes area.

Maplewood State Park

Fall colors are rapidly progressing through the park, with most trees now at their peak. The colorful prairie grasses cover the rolling topography of Maplewood, displaying various shades of gold, purple and brown. The sumacs are particularly red and orange this year. The abundant sugar maples are turning quickly and displaying vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow. The ash trees are adding golds and yellows to the mix. One favorite site to visit is the Hallaway Hill Overlook which offers outstanding vistas of clear blue lakes, a mix of hardwood forest, and colorful prairies. Another favorite is the 4.5-mile Scenic Park Drive which winds through a mix prairies, wooded knolls and shady hollows. Vibrant red, orange and gold trees are also visible on a hike along Bass Lake, as well as on most of the 25-miles of hiking trails. Don’t miss all of the festivities during the Oktoberfest Celebration in Pelican Rapids Oct. 10-13.