Fall Colors Start To Pop in Northwest Metro
With September coming to a close, the fall colors are starting to pop. But you don’t have to travel to the far-reaches of Minnesota to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer.
“Parks like Elm Creek Park Reserve, Baker Park Reserve, Lake Rebecca Park Reserve — all have sugar maple dominated forests, and those are turning right now,” said Paul Kortebein, the senior manager of forestry for the Three Rivers Park District. “And so those would be great places to go.”
Kortebein says there’s been a noticeable advancement in fall colors in the metro over the past week, and the colors are slightly ahead of schedule compared to previous years.
With the rainfall we’ve received over the last few days, that may help improve the vibrancy of the fall foliage in oak trees.
Fish Lake Regional Park in Maple Grove is one of the places locally where you can take in the scenery.
“This is a great time to take advantage of it,” Kortebein said. “Especially this weekend with the temperatures going back up. So I mean, from a park patron standpoint, it really doesn’t get much better than this weekend to come out and see these colors.”
However, Kortebein says not every tree is benefiting from this recent surge of moisture. Maple and basswood trees have already begun to turn, and the rainfall won’t help those trees until next year.