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.

Trees change color in the fall along a lake.

Fall Color Updates

LAST UPDATED: Oct. 14, 2020
PICTURED: Hyland Lake Park Reserve

We are at or near peak fall color conditions throughout much of Three Rivers. The sunshine and dry conditions have allowed for some vibrant colors, though the recent windy days may have curtailed the display a little bit. While our maple-basswood parks (Lake Rebecca, Baker, Elm Creek, Carver, French and Fish Lake) are perhaps a bit past peak, you can still see some nice color there. You should still be able to see many maples in full color through the weekend. In addition, our oak-dominated parks (Hyland, Murphy-Hanrehan, Eagle Lake, Bryant Lake and Silverwood) are very near peak conditions. As usual, many of the non-native and invasive species, such as buckthorn, are still very green and highly visible in the understory. The next week and a half represent your last best opportunities to see some nice fall color for this year. 

LOOK FOR COLORS AT: All Parks

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.

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 Outdoor Learning Center 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

  • Ongoing | Multiple Locations
    Learn the basics of archery and give shooting a try!

  • Oct. 24 & 25 | Hyland
    Test your mental and physical toughness in an epic adventure race for buddy pairs! Solve 18 obstacle challenges with your buddy, and build resilience and teamwork while having a blast together.

  • Oct. 18-31 | Multiple Locations
    Dress up in costume, walk on an enchanted trail, try geocaching and more at one of Three Rivers' Halloween programs!

  • Ongoing | Multiple Locations
    Use a GPS to track down hidden treasures, or caches. Put your navigational skills to the test in one of many geocaching programs!

  • Nov. 16 | Eastman
    Submit your outdoor photos to be displayed in an amateur photo show! Photos accepted through Noon on Nov. 16. Photos will be displayed in the windows of Eastman beginning Nov. 25. Winners in several categories will receive an award.

  • Ongoing | Baker Outdoor Learning Center
    Learn about fire building, archery, navigation skills and more!

  • Ongoing | Richardson & Mississippi Gateway
    Explore nature through hands-on activities!

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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