It’s Happening! Fall Colors Are About to Peak in Milwaukee

Mark your calendars, the fall colors are coming.

The counties surrounding the Greater Milwaukee Area are all hitting their peak fall colors, and Milwaukee is trailing right behind them. In Milwaukee the trees will be painted shades of golden yellow, dusty orange and bright red by the weekend or early next week.

Travel Wisconsin’s Fall Color Report shows that Waukesha County is in its peak right now, so early in the week you can see the best colors there. Ozaukee, Washington and Walworth Counties are all at about 75% peak, so you’ll be able to see the colors only get brighter throughout the week.

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Milwaukee County is primarily still green right now, but the sugar maples, witch-hazel and muscle-wood are starting to show their colors, according to the report. Milwaukee’s colors were expected to be delayed to the third week of October due to the warmer-than-usual weather we have had this year. With the temperatures starting to drop, we should see the colors start to show up soon.

With the colors changing and the temperatures dropping, you’ll want to take a drive around Southeastern Wisconsin and take in all of those great fall outdoor activities this week to see the colors at different stages before winter is upon us.



Brianna Schubert is a freelance writer at Milwaukee Magazine. She is studying journalism, psychology and Spanish and is in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.