Fall in Three Rivers

Fall is a time when everything feels crisp and fresh. When you can hear the leaves crunch under your feet and see rainbows of colors reflected in quiet lakes. Celebrate the season with Three Rivers. Below, find updates on fall colors in the parks, our favorite places to see fall colors, fall programs and events, and much more.

An open prairie is lined by rusty-colored oak trees on a blue-sky day in the fall.

Fall Color Updates

LAST UPDATED: Oct. 23, 2019
IMAGE: Hyland Lake Park Reserve

This is probably your last good weekend for fall colors in Three Rivers. You can easily find scattered maples in full color throughout the parks, but our oak-dominated parks are where it’s at right now. The recent stretch of sunny weather should continue to provide good conditions for color development. As usual, a number of non-native species, such as buckthorn, continue to be easily seen in the understory due to their still-green color. 

LOOK FOR COLORS AT: Hyland and Murphy-Hanrehan park reserves, Eagle Lake and Bryant Lake regional parks, and Silverwood Park

Fall colors reflect on the shores of a lake.

Our Favorite Places for Fall Colors

Looking for the best places to see fall colors? Take some advice from a Three Rivers naturalist, and head to one of our favorite parks for fall colors or try one of our favorite fall hikes. Want ideas for what to do once you're there? Whether you have minutes or hours, we can help!

30 minutes | 2 hours | Full day

Do you know why leaves change color in the fall? Or what goes on inside a sugar maple? Find out what's happening in nature on the Three Rivers blog.

Three men look at large tomatoes on a table.

Fall Recipes and the Harvest

From colorful, savory squash to hardy leafy greens, fall harvest in Minnesota never disappoints. Browse fall recipe ideas from the cooks at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement and Gale Woods Farm.

Want to learn more about the fall harvest? Read about September produce, the history of hard cider, and pumpkins on the Three Rivers blog.

Fall Events

  • Nov. 17 | Eastman
    Submit your outdoor photos to be displayed in an amateur photo show! Photos accepted through 5 PM on Nov. 17. Photos will be displayed and voted on at Eastman beginning Nov. 24. Winners in several categories will receive an award.

Want to learn more about the outdoors? Check out The Wandering Naturalist podcast. Hosts Brandon and Angela explore the natural and cultural history of Three Rivers and the surrounding area. 

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