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Minocqua, Wisconsin
Fast Facts
Boating & Sailing
X-Country Skiing
Wildlife Park
Family Entertainment
Family Travel Tips

Kayaking with Kids


Photo by Pilch & Barnet, courtesy Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Whether you pet animals at Wildwood Wildlife Park, participate in an educational program at Northwoods Wildlife Center, visit Woodruff State Fish Hatchery, watch a Min-Aqua Bats water ski show or roar with laughter at Fred Scheer's Lumberjack Show, a family vacation in Minocqua Wisconsin is all about fun with the kids. And traditional Wisconsin Northwoods attractions abound. Enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking and boating on Minocqua lakes. Hike, bike, cross country ski, snowshoe and snowmobile on one or more Minocqua trails.
Why Leaves Change Color
Fall Color Wisconsin

Fall Color Wisconsin

Laurel Gillespie


Fall color - one of the most spectacular shows on earth - is a natural phenomena. And while fall color doesn't happen everywhere, it takes place around the same time each year where it occurs. Here's how it happens:

  • Trees make sugar from the energy of the sun through a process called photosynthesis.
  • Chlorophyll, the green pigment in leaves, absorbs the energy trees need to photosynthesize.
  • As fall approaches the weather cools and something else happens too. The days get shorter.
  • Less daylight = less energy = less sugar. And it also equals less chlorophyll. This green pigment breaks down as the photosynthesis factory slows.
  • Carotenoids and xanthopylls, pigments that produce yellow and orange, are present in tree leaves year round but they aren't as strong as chlorophyll. When chlorophyll fades carotenoids and xanthopylls shine turning fall leaves from green to yellow and orange.
  • Anthocyanins, pigments that make purple and red, are something different all together. Not all trees produce anthocyanins. Those that do produce it only in fall.
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