Peak 2016? Let’s Call It!

Peak 2016? Let’s Call It!

I’m going to call “Peak” color right now for Devil’s Lake State Park & other natural areas here in the Baraboo Hills. (Well, as peak as we’re going to get this crazy season!) The photo (above) of the entrance road on the north shore of Devil’s Lake State Park was taken this morning, Tuesday, Oct 18th. I think it’s fair to say that you’ll get your best opportunities of the season to enjoy & photograph the colors that are out there right now and for the next few days.

Here’s what we’re seeing; In some areas of the park where we had color just a couple of days ago, wind and occasional rain have already cleared the trees. Some trees in the north shore parking lot for instance, are almost bare this week. In other more protected areas there is a lot of yellow. The next few days will offer great photographs along the Entrance Road and South Shore Rd. as well.  For a colorful hike we’d recommend checking out the East Bluff Woods Trail & the Grottos Trail on the South Shore. This would also be a good time to visit the nearby State Natural Areas including; Parfrey’s Glen, Durward’s Glen, Pewit’s Nest (If you can find parking!) and Baxter’s Hollow as well.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll still have nice color in scattered areas of the Baraboo Hills.  I’ll keep you posted.  Enjoy!


  1. Lisa

    Do you expect hiking will still be good this weekend? I was planning on hiking Saturday through Monday and was hoping for peak color.

    1. Author

      The best color is gone now. Next weekend the color that you will find will be mostly dark orange, browns and maroons as the oaks hold out into november.. But 99% of the bright yellows,etc will be gone.

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