Minnesota fall colors help

Becky Pratts, of Duluth, spends time over her lunch hour to photograph colorful fall leaves along Skyline Parkway at Chester Bowl “before they’re gone.” (2007 file / News Tribune)

We are full-on into leaf-peeping season and, while it is definitely not an armchair exercise, there are some things you can do at home to make the most of any trips into the woods.

Resources are abundant online with reports on how much color can be found in a favorite destination like the North Shore.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and managers at the numerous state parks along the North Shore are your best bets for timely updates on leaf color. They also have photos from park visitors. Find the reports at dnr.state.mn.us.

The U.S. Forest Service also is tracking the colors in its vast lands in the northern part of the Arrowhead region.

Another source for information is Explore Minnesota, with the added benefit of area events to pair with your peeping.