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Cool Changes

Cold, northwest winds out of Canada swept across northern Minnesota within the last week giving us our first two frosts of the fall season! Leaves are changing colors quickly and birds are heading south. However, those pesky mosquitoes still refuse to call it a quits!


Around campus, oak trees are dropping acorns at a rapid pace, prairie grasses are seeding out, deer fawns have lost their spots, a small flock of pine siskins has moved in, and Bass Pond water temps are back into the lower sixties. We have not seen any ticks yet, but rest assured they should be right around the corner this time of year.


Looking at the long term forecast, it seems Deep Portage is heading into a beautiful fall weather pattern with highs in the sixties and lows in the forties. Who can complain about that?! Deep Portage is having a Fall Colors Tower Hike on October 3, please come check it out!


Hunting seasons for ruffed grouse and bow-hunting for white-tail deer both open on Saturday, September 19th. Please be mindful of hunters who use the reserve for hunting It wouldn’t be a bad idea to throw on an article or bright blaze orange clothing. No hunting is allowed around the main campus area and trails. See map for details.



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