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It is sometimes difficult to hit the fall colors just right. I’ve had the most success visiting Ironwood at the end of September some of the other locations I try to judge the fall colors using the Wisconsin Fall Color Foliage Report.

Gile Flowage Sunrise

Gile Flowage Sunrise

I’m starting to think about fall color trips. Typically my fall season starts with a trip to Ironwood, Michigan at the end of September. My two favorite photograph locations are Gile Flowage. Gile Flowage is a great place to start the morning by photographing the sunrise.

Gile Flowage

Gile Flowage

Later in the day I like to drive over to Copper Peak International Ski Flying Hill and make the trip to the top of the ski jump. There are some spectacular views from the top of the ski lift.

Copper Peak International Ski Flying Hill

Copper Peak International Ski Flying Hill

In mid October I like to drive over to Munising, Michigan. This is probably one of the premier fall color locations in the country. While I’m in the area there are three locations I like to visit. The first is Hiawatha National Forest. There are quite a few lakes in the forest that offer some spectacular fall color shots. The leaves turn first in the National Forest. If you are really lucky you will be in the area when the snow falls on the colors.

Thornton Lake

Thornton Lake

A week or so later the colors will turn at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hiking along the trails above the lake offer some unsurpassed scenery. If the weather cooperates a sunset cruse on the tour boats is well worth your time.

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While in the area I always try to visit Seney National Wildlife Refuge. It offers some spectacular sunrise and sunset opportunities as well as a chance to photograph wildlife.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge Sunset

Seney National Wildlife Refuge Sunset

Toward the end of October I like to drive down to Baraboo, Wisconsin. There are some great photography locations in the area. Devils Lake State Park is always popular and can be crowed on a beautiful fall Day.

Devils Lake State Park

Devils Lake State Park

Gibraltar Rock offers some great views of the Wisconsin River Valley.

Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock

My favorite location is Pewits Nest. If you time it right the leaves can be outstanding. Pewits Nest is small natural gorge cut by Skillet Creek.

Pewits Nest

Pewits Nest

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Most of the waterfalls in the Marquette and Munising area. It is generally easy to visit them on a short trip. The two outliers are Haven Park which is over by Calumet and Tahquamenon Falls which is near Paradise, Michigan.

Bonanza Falls is located near Silver City just outside of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. It is really several small waterfalls. If the water levels are low it is easy to walk out into the Iron River to photograph the falls. I like to photograph them late in the evening and early in the morning.

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Bond Falls is my favorite waterfall in the UP. It can be photographed any time of the year and provides some excellent photography opportunities. It is particularly popular in the fall when you may need to stand in line at some locations because of their popularity.

Bond Falls

Bond Falls

Canyon Falls is located just up the road from Bond Falls. It is located on the Sturgeon River. I’ve only been able to hit the peak color along the river once but it was very impressive on that visit.

Canyon Falls

Canyon Falls

Yellow Dog Falls is located near Marquette, Michigan. It is reached on a long dirt road followed by about a mile hike to the first of the waterfalls. The drive to the falls is spectacular during the fall color season.

Yellow Dog Falls

Yellow Dog Falls

Laughing Whitefish Falls is located between Munising and Marquette. It is a very impressive waterfall when there is sufficient water flowing over the falls. Some years the dirt road into the falls is filled with large potholes.

Laughing Whitefish Falls

Laughing Whitefish Falls

Haven Park Falls is one of the outliers. It is located in Lac La Belle, Michigan. It is not all that spectacular as a waterfall but it is a beautiful location for photographing the fall colors.

Haven Park

Haven Park

Tahquamenon Falls is another outlier located near Paradise, Michigan. As a waterfall it is the largest and most spectacular. It is very popular in the fall. One day I counted cars from 16 different states in the parking lot.

Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls