LaSalle County Visitor's Guide 2021

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In Bloom!

very year, visitors from across the state, frequently coming from the Chicago and Peoria areas, flock to Matthiessen State Park’s 60+ acre sunflower field to soak in an awe-inspiring natural sight. These picturesque flowers normally bloom through July and August, then seed and wilt through early September, attracting pollinators and providing shade for deer, opossums and raccoons. You’ll find this sprawling patch located behind the model airplane field at the River Access Area of Matthiessen, directly off of Route 178. “We do ask that the public do not cross through the airplane field or trample the plants when visiting the flowers,” said a representative from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Sunflowers at Matthiessen

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proved to be an extremely popular socially distanced activity in 2020, drawing hundreds of travelers looking for a unique photo-op. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources requires anyone planning a professional photography session to apply for a filming and activity permit through the park office, at least two weeks in advance for approval. “I was so excited when we saw signs for the sunflower field,” said Adair, of Peoria. “We jumped out of the car and ran over and took so many pictures. It was gorgeous.” Be sure to follow Enjoy LaSalle County on Facebook and Instagram to hear when the Matthiessen State Park sunflowers bloom. Share any photos you take there for a chance to be featured on our feed!

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