2023 (Updated Oct 13) MI Fall Color Map | Fall Leaves Foliage Dates | Predicted Dates of When To See the Peak Fall Colors in Michigan During the Autumn Season

2023 Mi Fall Color Map UPDATED | Weekly Predicted Dates of When To See the Peak Fall Colors in Michigan | By Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Updated: October 13, 2023

What is the best time to see fall colors in Michigan during the autumn season? Where are peak colors in Michigan?

We call around and check for you! 

Grab Chris and Sherry's fall foliage map with estimated dates for 2023 peek color as the trees change! Use these dates as a prediction of when the colors will change so you can plan your fall Michigan vacation!

Leaf peeping is at its best in Michigan's upper peninsula and lower peninsula during the following predicted dates.

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We absolutely love traveling all over Michigan's upper peninsula and lower peninsula to see the leaves changing.  We hope this Mi Fall Color Map is helpful to see the fall colors in Michigan 2023.

We have analyzed the predictions made on the Farmers Almanac along with our own scouting and knowledge of Michigan's weather to make the follow predictions that will be updated throughout the color changing autumn season. 

Michigan's Upper Peninsula Region: September 18 - October 13, 2023 (partial to peak). 

  • UPDATE October 13, 2023: Copper Harbor trees are at peak. Houghton, Keweenaw Counties, Calumet, Marquette, Munising areas are estimated to be full color now. 

Looking at last year for reference, by October 13th, Munising was at full peak.  

Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan: September 27-October 20, 2023 (Partial to peak). 

  • UPDATE October 13, 2023: Mackinaw City is about 80% color. Petoskey is about 70% color change and worth visiting. I just traveled to Boyne Mountain and the colors are gorgeous, about 70%. Boyne City, Belleair and the Charlevoix area are about full color, absolutely stunning NOW. 
  • Harbor Springs is about 60% color change.
  • Tunnel of Trees is about 60% color change and a great time to be there. It's very pretty now. The Harbor Springs Chamber estimates Tunnel of Trees will be peek by October 20th. This northern area takes longer than the Petoskey region.

Looking at last year for reference, by October 14th, Boyne City and Cadillac were full color, Petoskey was 70% color. 

Mid Michigan (Lower Peninsula and Central Michigan): September 28-October 20, 2023 (partial to peak). 

  • UPDATE October 13, 2023: 60% color change in Midland and Frankenmuth regions.  Ludington is 70% color change, full color expected by October 15, 2023.  Cadillac is about 70% color change, expecting another 7 days until reaching peak color.  

Looking at last year for reference, by October 14th, Midland, Frankenmuth, Flint, Frankenmuth was full color. 

Southern Michigan: Predicted color change October 10-24, 2023 (Partial to Peak color change). Come on out and enjoy the Michigan fall foliage 2023! 

  • UPDATE October 13, 2023: 50% color in Ann Arbor, Detroit region, Marshall. Friends in Detroit/Rochester say there are pops of color but still a week or two out from peek. 

Looking at last year for reference, by October 14th, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Marshall, Detroit were full Color. Henry Ford/Village was full color then too!  By October 20th, St Joseph was peak color.

Start planning your Michigan Fall Color Tours to bask in the beauty of Michigan's red, yellow and orange changing leaves!  

TIP: It is helpful to contact the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Center to see if the colors have changed before you book or fully plan your road trip!  Weather conditions may cause the leaves to change earlier than intended.

We hope this Mi Fall Color Map was helpful to see the fall colors in Michigan 2023.  So many fun fall things to do in Michigan!

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How and Why do Tree Leaves Change Color?

The Royal Botanical Gardens states that in autumn, trees lose their leaves by shutting down photosynthesis and reclaiming as many chemicals as possible.

Chlorophyll breaks down all the time during the summer, but in autumn it basically screeches to a halt.

The yellows, red and oranges that you see in the fall were hidden by the presence of the dominant green chlorophyll.


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