The Upper Peninsula in Fall

In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, autumn means an explosion of colors, cool temperatures, gorgeous sunsets and a special time to enjoy the beauty of God's country.

That's why we scheduled our Roadtreking Fall Foliage Boondocking Adventure for October, held in the Porcupine Wilderness State Park. We arrived in peak color and experienced wildly fluctuating temperature. On Monday it was in the low 70's F. Wednesday saw a cold front come through with temperatures that dropped to the upper 30's overnight.

By Thursday when the gathering ended, the color had peaked and a stiff northwest wind of Lake Superior was quickly starting to blow the leaves away. We spent our time hiking, taking photos, visiting around warm campfires and throughly enjoying one of the largest true wilderness tracts east of the Mississippi.

Scroll dow to find lots of the photos I took this week of fall in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. You can find more from many of the attendees on our Facebook Group – www.facebook.com/groups/roadtreking/

Courtney Lake in Octonagon County

Courtney Lake in Octonagon County

Fog shrouds Courtney Lake just before sunrise

Fog shrouds Courtney Lake in the early morning

The Sturgeon River in Baraga County

The Sturgeon River in Baraga County

Our Boondocking Spot in the Ottawa National Forest

Our Boondocking Spot in the Ottawa National Forest

The autumn splendor reflected in the window of our Roadtrek

The autumn splendor reflected in the window of our Roadtrek

Jennifer hiking the East River rail in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Jennifer hiking the East River rail in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

A Lake Superior sunset

A Lake Superior sunset

Bo playing in the forest leaves

Bo playing in the forest leaves

The still of a small lake acts like a mirror to the trees

The still of a small lake acts like a mirror to the trees

Canyon Falls

Canyon Falls

Bo running along a wild stretch of Lake Superior shoreline

Bo running along a wild stretch of Lake Superior shoreline

Munising Falls

Munising Falls

 

A great river hiking walk along the Presque Isle River

A great river hiking walk along the Presque Isle River

A slow shutter capture of the rushing river

A slow shutter capture of the rushing river

upmanaidofalls-1-of-1

One of the many falls along the Presque Isle River as it tumbles down to Lake Superior

 

This is Manabezho Falls

This is Manabezho Falls

Gathered for our shared dish dinner

Gathered for our shared dish dinner

Dal splendor showing one of the 230 RVs that we had for the gathering at the Presque Isle campground on Lake Superior

Fall splendor showing one of the 30 RVs that we had for the gathering at the Presque Isle campground on Lake Superior

Bo and I explored the rock and woods strewn Lake Superior beach at the Presque Isle campground

Bo and I explored the rock and woods strewn Lake Superior beach at the Presque Isle campground

Fall color paints the forest at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's UP

Fall color paints the forest at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's UP

Mary Jane Curry, our RV Recipes columnist for the Roadtreking blog, did a cooking demo for our campers

Mary Jane Curry, our RV Recipes columnist for the Roadtreking blog, did a cooking demo for our campers

Bo checks out the raging Presque Isle River

Bo checks out the raging Presque Isle River

Another look from a hiking overlook at the forest in peak color

Another look from a hiking overlook at the forest in peak color

A wild, wind-shipper part of the Lake Superior shoreline

A wild, wind-shipper part of the Lake Superior shoreline

 

 





  • Bill

    Wow! Just WOW! Those photos are stunning! Thank you for taking me along.

  • Joyce Leeper O’Connell

    The Porcupine Mountains are in our back yard, as we live on the beautiful Keweenaw peninsula. And we just visited Munising Falls last Saturday. We’ve also camped at the Presque Isle campground a couple of times. You should come on up to the Keweenaw sometime! The Porkies and Munising are gorgeous, but life is even better north of the Houghton Hancock Bridge!

    • Mary Korbulic

      Right on, Joyce. Thanks for showing us such a great time when we did the Welcome Boondockers thing at your wonderful little hideaway on the Keweenaw Peninsula in early September. Too bad we were too early for the fall colors, but the KP was absolutely gorgeous, and your hospitality was off the charts!

      • Joyce Leeper O’Connell

        We really enjoyed your visit, Mary! It was a real treat to have you!