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KINNICKINNIC STATE PARK - Autumn colors are beginning to replace the greens of summer. Maple trees are enveloped in red and orange. Oaks are holding fast to green, which makes the gold of the birches and aspen even more distinguished. Cooler weather will begin pushing waves of migrating waterfowl south.
Due to recent autumn rains the St. Croix River water level has risen from its low summer level. It is currently at about 685 feet above mean sea level and is expected to remain above 683 for the foreseeable future.
The entire St. Croix is currently slow no wake and will remain so until the level drops below the 683 foot threshold.
Kayakers are enjoying the last warm days of the season and can find quiet solitude on the river.
BLACK RIVER STATE FOREST - Fall is a great time to visit the Black River State Forest.
Fall colors have really started to put on a show this week with 50-60 percent color in most places. Yellows and oranges are currently dominating throughout the forest but reds, russet and copper colors are also present. Some of the best locations to see the color show is along North Settlement road and Cemetery Road. Temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the high 50s to low 60s with a slight chance of rain.
ATV and UTV trails will be closing for the season at the end of the day Sunday, Oct. 15. Trails will reopen for the winter riding season on Dec. 15, weather permitting. The shower/flush toilet building and dump station will be closing on Monday, Oct. 16, said Emily Alf, visitor services associate.
BUCKHORN STATE PARK - Not much for colors in the park at this time.
All open backpack sites are non-reservable, first come at this time. Sites A1-A8, and group sites B1-B3 are also non-reservable and open for camping. The new campground is reservable through Oct. 15 for the north loop and Nov. 1 for the south loop.
Water will be shut off starting Oct. 16. The dump station will close the week of Oct. 22. There is a frost free spigot next to the office restroom all year round.
The accessible fishing pier and boat boarding piers will be removed Oct. 25, according to Heather Wolf, park manager.
ROCHE-A-CRI STATE PARK - The main gate and camping are now closed. Parking is in the winter/prairie lot on Czech Ave and park stickers are required (self-registration box at parking lot).
There is not much for color yet in the area.
Turkey vultures can be seen circling the mound, Wolf said.