While there is some spotty good color on the drive between Grand Rapids and the Bay City area the “official” reports are that the color is still a week or two away yet. I am sure that some of the color may even be later than that. But that said the trees that turn yellow there seems to be a lot of them that have turned already and in the Bay area even some of the Maples have turned red and there is some leaf fall as well. Here is the latest for the UP for anyone who wants to take a drive up that way
Chippewa County. 60-70% color change. Peak fall color expected the first and second week in October.
Luce County: 50-60% color change . Peak fall color expected the second week in October.
Mackinac County: 40-50% color change. Peak fall color expected the second week in October.
Schoolcraft County: 40-60% color change. Peak fall color expected the first and second week in October.
Alger County: 70%-at near peak color change.
Delta County: 65%-at near peak color change
Dickinson County: 65& at near color change.
Marquette County: 75%-at peak color change
Menominee County: 55%-at color change. . Peak fall color expected the first and second week in October.
Baraga County: 80% to at peak color change
Gogebic & Ontonagon past peak color change
Houghton & Keweenaw 80% at peak color change
Iron County: past peak color change
The above was the report as of October 7th
I am not sure how the do the estimates of the % of color, but my guess is that in Bay County it is in the 30 to 40% range.