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Round Lake Logging Dam provides unique place to see fall colorSubmitted: 09/20/2017
Round Lake Logging Dam provides unique place to see fall color
Katie Thoresen
Katie Thoresen
Senior Producer
kthoresen@wjfw.com

PRICE COUNTY - Fall officially starts Friday, but you can already see signs of it in the trees.

One of the best places to view those colors is the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.


Predicting how impressive the fall colors will get can be a challenge.

"It's really up to Mother Nature of what the fall colors are going to look like," said CNNF Public Information Officer Hilary Markin.

The leaves start changing as the days get shorter and the nights get longer.

"The leaves stop producing chlorophyll that gives it the green pigment, and the real colors shine through," said Markin.

Whether you want to see the yellows of the birch and aspens or the bright reds of the maples, Round Lake Dam Trail near Fifield is a unique place to see the changing seasons.

"It's a beautiful little trail if you're looking to see some colors," Markin said.

Even without the fall colors this is an interesting place to visit. Loggers built the dam in the late 1800s. It's the only one of its kind left in Wisconsin. 

You can also find Smith Rapids Bridge nearby. It's one of the few covered bridges in Wisconsin and the only one in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

In addition to 11 miles of hiking trails near the dam, there are also fishing opportunities, ATV trails, and nearby campgrounds for people to get out and see the fall colors.

"It's a beautiful time of year to be out exploring your national forest," said Markin.

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest updates a fall color report on its website and Facebook.

Travel Wisconsin also gives reports so you can know when its prime time for colors.


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