MARINETTE COUNTY - Fall colors are starting to show across Wisconsin, especially in the northern part of the state. The mostly sunny weekend made it a good time to spend some time outdoors and check out the foliage. Around the Green Bay area, colors typically peak during the second week of October.
Sunday's fall color report for Wisconsin said trees in Langlade and Iron Counties were showing at least half of their color. Around Green Bay, the Fox Cities, the Lakeshore and the Northwoods, 25 to 45 percent of color is visible.
Marinette resident Brad Constine always looks forward to seeing fall colors.
"This is our favorite time of the year," he said. "And up here in the hardwoods, it doesn't get any better."
Constine spent the weekend at Twin Bridge Campground near Crivitz in Marinette County.
"We usually camp here at Twin Bridge, and then we go over by the state park or else on top of Thunder Mountain," he said. "And that's fantastic to go up there and just get a broad view of all the colors."
Governor Thompson State Park is a short distance from that campground. Rhonda Rhoades is a visitor service associate at the park. She described the colors she saw on Sunday.
"The maples are turning red, a lot of the birch are yellow, and the dark, burgundy colored ones, those are the elms," she said.
Rhoades said the park is consistently busy throughout the fall. It is located to the northwest of Crivitz and has seen visitors this fall from all across the Midwest and even California and Germany. The park is 2,800 acres and is open year round from 6 a.m to 8 p.m. Park Ranger Jacob Korth explained what people can do there.
"Visit, walk the trails. You can bring your dogs. As long as they're leashed, they can be anywhere in the park with you," he said.
Governor Thompson State Park is one of many places to check out the colors. For a great year of foliage, the Wisconsin DNR said trees need the following weather conditions: A warm, wet spring, followed by an average summer, in terms of temperature and rainfall, ending with a fall full of warm, sunny days and cool nights. This recipe is not far off from what we've seen this year in Northeast Wisconsin, and now the colors are popping fast.
"I will wake up in the morning, and the tree that was green is all of a sudden neon yellow," said Rhoades.
Constine agreed that the colors change fast.
"There's a lot of color change," he said. "I'm amazed. We were here two weekends ago when everything was green, and now it's probably almost at peak stage, I would say."
Fall colors in Marinette County are expected to peak this week, which is the first week of October.
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