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The Lake County Parks Department is committed to providing quality parks and open spaces along with many recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities for the use an enjoyment of all Lake County residents and visitors.



Children's Programs

Fridays are for nature B-I-N-G-O:  Every Friday this summer, stop by the visitor center 10 am -12 pm and pick up your bingo card. Families can take a walk around Deep River and check off what they see. Get four in a row and yell BINGO!! Then return to the visitor center to receive a prize. 

Summer in the Park at Deep River County Park

Spend your summer at Deep River County Park! This FREE program takes place every Wednesday at 10 a.m. fromJune 14-August 9. Designed for children ages 10 and under along with their families, each program offers a new way to get outside, and learn something enw about history or nature!

June 14- Marbles Mania! Play a game whiel you learn the history of the game and even take one home to keep!

June 21- Head in the Clouds! Bring a blanket for some cloud-gazing, as you learn about the different types of clouds and make a fun craft!

June 28- Meet the Miller! Learn how cornmeal is ground at Wood's Historic Grist Mill, and once you've learned the ropes challenge the Miller to see who can make their cornmeal faster!

July 5- Flag Fun! Why stars? Why stripes? Independence Day may be over, but we're still celebrating as we look at how our American Flag came to look like it does today! End the visit with a flag hunt around the park!

July 12- Fire Safety! Survive the "Smoke House" provided by Merrillville fire department, and see a real fire truck! You might get wet if you stick around for the bucket brigade-- what fun!

July 19- Nature Made Art! There's art everywhere in nature! Paint a masterpiece using flowers, rocks, and leaves. Who needs paintbrushes when you have the great outdoors!?

July 26- Summer's for the Birds! Practice your bird calls and see what birds call Deep River home. Make a bird feeder to take home to see if some of the same birdy friends live in your own backyard as well!

August 2- Building the Past! The way we build has changed a lot over the years! New tools and technology have made building much easier, but today we'll look at some old-fashioned tools and you can try to make a peg, just like they would've used in an old sawmill.

August 9- Trees Like Me! Learn all about the life of a tree, and you'll quickly find how alike people and our tree friends really are!

Pre-School in the Park!

September 6- October 25
Fall into some fun on Wednesdays at 10 am. Every Preschool in the Park session will include a story time, in addition to hands-on activity or craft. Geared towards children ages 5 and under, this event is totally free and registration is not required.

September 6 - Water Wheels are Wacky Fun! - Make your own water wheel like the one here at Wood’s Historic Grist Mill. (Activity does include water)

September 13- Waiting for Wings - Learn about the life of a butterfly and make a catapultier- butterfly craft!

September 20 - Life-size Lincoln Logs -Hear a story about the president they are named after. Then get the chance to play with the classic Lincoln Logs ad some extra large ones too!

September 27 - Button Fun - Play old fashioned games with buttons and make your own whirligig!

October 4 -C is for Campfire - Learn the camping alphabet and make a campfire craft.

October 11 - Nature is a-MAZE-ing - Play in nature made mazes while learning how amazing nature can be!

October 18 - Little Red at the Mill - Will you help us work by shelling and grinding corn then sifting the cornmeal. Try a sample of our cornbread after all the work is done.

October 25 - It’s Unbe-LEAF-able! - Before we close for the season, one more day of fun. I will be unbe-LEAF-able!

Scout leaders can “Build-Your-Own Scout Experience” at Deep River County Park

Deep River County Park is the perfect place for scouts to meet requirements towards earning badges that include nature and history.  Group tours are $5 per child and include a Deep River County Park Patch (leaders and chaperones are free).  The program dates, times, and content are flexible.

Deep River also welcomes scout volunteers for short-term projects. Scouts will receive a Deep River County Park patch after project is completed. Call 219-947-1958 for more information about booking your group tour or volunteering.  



For reservations and more information about the Lake County Parks Call 219-769-PARK
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm Central Time (Chicago Time)

Lake County Parks and Recreation Department Corporate Office
8411 East Lincoln Highway, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Just west of Deep River WaterparK 4.5 miles east of I-65 on Route 30