Fall Color Media Room

Fall color reporting for 2020 will begin mid-September. 

This page is updated by noon every Thursday in September and October. News media are welcome to use the map and images in their reporting.

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Please credit MN DNR when they are used.


Fall Color Finder


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Deborah Locke
Public Information Officer
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Photo showcase

1-2 of our favorite photos each week from the weekly submissions to the Fall Color Finder.
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October 10, 2020

Rice Lake State Park

Picnic area that glows yellow from the sun reflecting the bright yellow leaves on the trees at Rice Lake State Park.
Photo by Colleen Helms

The park office is a good place to see the colors of the tall prairie grasses against a backdrop of the reds and yellows of the surrounding hardwoods. Take the Hiking Club trail (2.4 miles) to check out the lakeshore, woods, and both the east and west prairies.

Weekly report for this park


October 12, 2020

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Yellow tamaracks line the bog boardwalk at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park.
Photo by MN DNR

Most of the leaves have fallen throughout the forest due to strong winds recently. Some trees such as oaks and aspens are holding on to some of their colorful leaves. However, the best color right now is coming from tamaracks. On the trail's boardwalk you can get a close up look at the tamaracks before they loose their golden needles.

Weekly report for this park