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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