This year, the White Lake and greater Muskegon area is once again hosting their self-guided Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour. The popular tradition, now in its 18th year, allows visitors to explore the beautiful coast in all its autumn splendor from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light north to the White River Light Station.
During the entire month of October, you’re invited to travel along the historic West Michigan Pike Byway to discover designated natural and historic sites. To assist you on your journey, a map is available at either end of the tour at The Chamber Train Depot in Whitehall and The Muskegon Union Depot in Downtown Muskegon.
Although the Depot-to-Depot (D2D) Fall Color Tour route can be accessed any day of the week throughout October, Saturdays are optimal days to participate as our White Lake Chamber of Commerce offers donuts, refreshments, and free pumpkins for the kids to all who stop in.
D2D Saturdays will take place:
- Saturday, October 1st @ 9 am – 7 pm
- Saturday, October 8th @ 9 am – 7 pm
- Saturday, October 15th @ 9 am – 7 pm
- Saturday, October 22nd @ 9 am – 7 pm
- Saturday, October 29th @ 9 am – 7 pm
Michigan Peak Color Predictions
Wondering when the best time to visit the White Lake area to catch peak fall color is? Although weather conditions, including average temperatures and precipitation, play a major role in when fall leaf color peaks, early predictions indicate West Michigan will see vibrant colors from early October through mid-October. Since the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour runs the entire month of October, there really isn’t a bad time to plan your trip to Montague and Whitehall!
Other Things to Do this Autumn in White Lake
Fall is a fabulous time to visit the Montague and Whitehall area. From festive community events to quaint shopping, there is something for all visitors to enjoy!
When: Saturday, October 8th, 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Downtown Montague
Pumpkinfest is a beloved annual event that takes place in historic Downtown Montague, just down the road from The Weathervane Inn. The festival features an Artisan Market, Farmer’s Market, old fashioned cider mill, hayrides, family activities, live entertainment, and more.
There are many quaint boutiques and specialty stores along the mainstreets of Montague and Whitehall. From fine clothing to outdoor recreation, art galleries to antiques, there is something for everyone to peruse.
Learn more about the shopping possibilities in the area.
Autumn Arts and Culture
For a small area, White Lake is fortunate to have a vibrant arts and culture scene. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the fantastic fall programming at the historic White Lake Playhouse which includes popular regional musical acts and dramatic performances.
Learn more about the fall events happening at the White Lake Playhouse.
In addition to the gem that is the White Lake Playhouse, the area is also home to the Nuveen Center—a gallery that hosts art exhibitions and workshops for a variety of mediums.
Learn more about the Nuveen Center and their fall events schedule.