Groups at Deep River County Park

Deep River Bridge

John Wood settled along Deep River in the 1830's he not only started one of Indiana's first industries, but also shaped the industrial future of Lake County. Explore the area he called home, and see the kind of work that was done throughout the 19th century. 

Additionally, Deep River is also home to the popular Maple Syrup Time. As winter fades into spring, Maple Trees begin to produce sap perfect for making delicious Maple Syrup. Join us each March to learn all about the process! 

Grist Mill 

  • Dates: Tuesday to Friday (May-October) This tour can be adjusted to fit any grade / age group (first grade and older)
  • Grades: 1st- 5th
  • Price: $2 per person (children and adults) or $3 and each person receives a Deep River souvenir bag with postcard and two candy sticks.
  • Group size: 15 person minimum and 90 person maximum
  • Tour Time: Tours are 1 and 1/2 hour long. Tours can begin at 9:30 a.m. (arrival times may be adjusted to fit your group's needs). Larger groups may take more time to complete tour.
  • Reservation and Deposit: $20 deposit required at least two weeks in advance by calling 219-769-7275

At Wood’s Mill learn about water power, grist mills and John Wood. The miller will demonstrate how cornmeal is still ground. Then through hands-on activities like shelling corn, sifting cornmeal and tying a miller’s knot learn how technology and the grist mill made life easier on people of the past. In the photo a student is hand sifting the cornmeal.

Maple Syrup Time

  • Dates : Early to Mid- March
  • Grades:1st-adults
  • Price: $2 per person, children and adults
  • Tour last 2 hours and includes inside and outside elements around the park. (Please dress for weather conditions)
  • Program design: For 1st grade through adults. Great for groups with various ages
  • Reservation Restrictions: 15 person minimum, 120 maximum.
  • Deposit: $20 deposit required at least 2 weeks in advance. 
  • Reserve: Call 219-769-7275 to reserve your group in January. You don’t want to miss this popular springtime educational experience.

Learn how trees are tapped, sap is collected, and how sap is boiled at our Sugar Shack  to make a sweet syrup.  Stop by the historic grist mill and see how cornmeal is ground while you taste some of the maple syrup being made. This is a perfect event to learn about this spring tradition we have.

Maple Syrup Monkeys program is available for preschool groups!