Manistee County Coastal Fall Color Tour

Manistee County is home to diverse fall color. With the seasonal temperatures, Lake Michigan and inland terrain variations, we have “two” fall color seasons that are usually about a week or so apart with the inland terrain peaking prior to the coastline peaking.  This is great for tourists and locals alike, as they get a little more enjoyment of our regions spectacular fall foliage.

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Scenic Fall Color Flights

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Coastal Fall Color Route Status
Updated September 17, 2019

Color along the shoreline is still here and there, but colors are beginning to show.  The wetter marsh areas, as showing signs of early color, and some of those "early turners" are in full color, but honestly, those are few and far between. That large landscape of fall color trees is still pretty olive.  High atop the Arcadia Overlook, you will find a few isolated spots, but nothing close to peak yet.  The warmer temps we have had do make for some perfect temps for enjoying Northern Michigan though!




Explore with our recommended route map

To explore all of the points of interest and recommended driving route along the Lake Michigan Coastline, download the .pdf here to access turn-by-turn directions and additional information about each point of interest.



Join us for an unforgettable fall color season in Manistee County! Check out our latest Fall Color update video.  We will be showcasing weekly fall color updates, LIVE from around Manistee County and Northern Michigan.

Check out our past episodes:  Episode 1 - Manistee Weir

Access your FREE 2019 Fall Color Guide to Manistee County

Get ready for Fall in Northern Michigan! Access 3 complete color routes, with dozens of great places to stop along the way.  Explore rivers, lakes and panoramic views of fall color. We take all of the guess work out of Fall Color in Northern Michigan with this guide.  Access wineries, distilleries, breweries, Made in Michigan shops and some incredible natural wonders and historic sites.

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