Fall color season in the Keweenaw is one of the best-kept secrets of the Upper Midwest.
The hills come alive with bold and brilliant color created by the special mix of sugar maples, birch and oaks of the northern forests.
Late September to mid-October is an excellent time to tour the Keweenaw and enjoy the roads that wind through the colorful landscape. Brockway Mountain Drive is a definite must see. You can also get right into the midst of the color along one of the many hike or bike trails located on the Keweenaw.
Fall brings warm days, cool nights and spectacular color alongside brilliant blue skies and majestic Lake Superior.
What is it like in the Keweenaw?
The fall colors are something that everyone loves to see. Spectacular reds, bright oranges, and electric yellows. The Copper Country's fall color season is usually the last 2 weeks of September to the first 2 weeks of October. This is highly dependent on the weather of course but as the colors start to change we will post updates on several areas throughout the region to keep you as informed as possible as to when the colors will peak.
Check out some of the scenic drives below that the Keweenaw has to offer that highlight the fall color. Hiking and biking trails are a great way to experience the brilliant colors of the Keweenaw. Go on a guided tour led by sled dogs through the amazing array of color too! Make sure to check our event calendar to see when the fall color chairlift rides will be and many other special fall color tours.
Below are the fall color percentages of the Keweenaw as of September 18, 2017.
Twin Lakes - 35%
Covered Road - 20%
Houghton - 20-25%
Calumet - 25%
Phoenix - 30%
Lac La Belle - 20-30%
Brockway Mountain Drive - 10-20%
Copper Harbor - 10-20%
Covered Drive on US-41 - 20-25%
Brockway Mountain Drive
The 9.5 mile seasonal drive located off of Highway M-26 between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor is the highest above sea-level drive between the Rockies and Alleghenies. Breathtaking views of Lake Superior and thousands of acres of the Keweenaw and inland lakes. Amazing sunset views are available free of charge.
Highway M-26 runs along the shores of Lake Superior on the northern side of the Keweenaw Peninsula between Eagle River and Copper Harbor and encompasses many roadside parks, beaches, waterfalls, lighthouses and miles of unsurpassed beauty.
Sand Dune Drive
The portion of Highway M-26 between Eagle River and Eagle Harbor is often referred to as the "Sand Dune Drive" because of the sand dunes in the Great Sand Bay and Cat Harbor area. You won't want to miss this scenic lake shore drive that showcases the beauty of the Lake Superior shoreline.
The Covered Drive
The first road to be designated as a Scenic Heritage Route in Michigan is this 18 mile segment of U.S. Highway 41 from Delaware to Copper Harbor. The trees, some as close as three feet from the pavement, form a complete canopy over most of the entire length of the Heritage Route. This is a "must see" on everyone's fall color tour.
The South Shoreline Drive
This county road runs between the communities of Gay and Lac La Belle along the south shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula and offers sandy beaches, many roadside parks, and views of the Huron Mountains across Keweenaw Bay. You'll be able to see the tip of the Keweenaw sticking out into Lake Superior and an amazing view of Bare Bluff which is spectacular in the fall.
M-203 Between Hancock and Calumet
M-203 is a scenic loop that runs between Hancock and Calumet. Take your time and enjoy the fall colors as you wind around the shoreline of the Portage Canal and Lake Superior.
The Covered Road
Located west of Houghton, off the Houghton Canal Road, the "Covered Road" is a scenic dirt road with a tunnel of trees that make it look like it was a scene taken straight out of a movie. Especially beautiful in the fall, this off the beaten path drive will lead you to the ghost town of Redridge, the historic Redridge Dam and Lake Superior.