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.

#ThreeRiversFall Instagram Photo Contest

SHOW US YOUR FALL COLORS! Use #ThreeRiversFall for a chance to be featured here on our website and on our Instagram feed each Friday through October 18.

The rules are simple: Tag your fall color images with #ThreeRiversFall from now until 9 AM Friday, October 18. Please only tag photos from parks and trails in Three Rivers Park District. Happy snapping!

Week Three Winner: @nattyrose007

A trail surrounded by trees turning yellow in fall.
Elm Creek Park Reserve by @nattyrose007
From a paved trail, you can see a tree line changing yellow in the fall on a sunny day.

Fall Color Updates

LAST UPDATED: Oct. 9, 2019
IMAGE: Elm Creek Park Reserve

What a difference a week makes! Thanks to the recent bit of sunny weather, we are very near peak fall color conditions for our maple-dominated forests (Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca, Baker, Crow-Hassan, and most of Carver park reserves). You can now find many maples in full color throughout the parks.

The oak-dominated parks (Hyland and Murphy-Hanrehan park reserves, Eagle Lake and Bryant Lake regional parks, and Silverwood Park) are a bit behind, but you can see at least a bit of color in these parks, too. 

LOOK FOR COLORS AT: Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca, Baker, Crow-Hassan, and most of Carver park reserves

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. 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

  • October | Multiple Locations
    Try cidering with an old-fashioned press, discover the history of cidering, learn to make your own hard cider, and more!

  • Sept. & Oct. | Multiple Locations
    Take in the fall colors at Three Rivers! View them from a kayak, a chairlift or a tram. 

  • Oct. 19-Nov. 1 | Multiple Locations
    Dress up in costume, play games, carve a pumpkin and more at one of Three Rivers' Halloween events. Find one that interests you!

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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