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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. 

Preschool in the Park is Back!

Fall into some fun on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Every Preschool in the Park session will include a storytime, in
addition to a hands-on activity or craft. Geared towards children ages 5 and under, this event is totally free, and
registration is not required

September 7 Sunflower House: From a tiny seed to taller than me! Children will learn about the life of a sunflower.

September 14 Bugging Out
: We are stomping out fear of bugs by showing kids how cool they are!

September 21 Happy Birthday Indiana!
Celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday with a cornbread cupcake and “corny” games.

September 28 Paws in the Park
: Enjoy a short trail walk to look for tracks and animals that live in the park.

October 5 One World, One Sky
: Give kite flying a try! Kids do not need to bring their own kite, they’ll make one here!

October 12 Busy Day at the Mill
: Learn about (and help complete!) the work done at Wood’s Historic Grist Mill.

October 19 Quilting: The A, Bee, Cs
: Cuddle in a quilt and see the quilts that have been made at Deep River over the last 30 years.

October 26 Hate to See You Leaf!
It’s the last preschool in the park for 2016 and we’ll have fun with all the falling leaves!

Coming in 2017 Preschool in the Park presents MAPLE SYRUP MONKEYS! Wednesday, March 15 at 10am
• Curious George teaches how maple syrup is made
• Tour the trees and learn to tap
• Stop by the Sugar Shack to learn how sap becomes syrup
• Try a sample of Pure Maple Syrup
• Make a maple leaf craft to take home
This 45-minute program is designed keeping little monkeys in mind. Learn about Maple syrup in a way that keeps little
hands busy with songs and activities. Reservations are required for this special program. Space is limited, and there will be a $2 fee for children and adults participating. Call 219-947-1958 to reserve your spot today!

Classic Fall Fun, All Break Long

Looking for something fun to do during fall break? Deep River County Park is the answer!
October 21-24 and 28-31 | 11-4pm daily
• Hayrides starting at 12, 1, and 2. Each person will need to purchase a $2.00 hayride ticket at the Deep River General Store.
• Meet the Miller at Wood’s Historic Grist Mill as he grinds corn. Don’t forget to try the homemade cornbread!
• Purchase a cup of warm apple cider at the Deep River General Store and be sure to get other fall favorites like apple
and pumpkin butter to take home.
• Bring the Kids! Leaf crafts and an “October Obstacle Course” with pumpkin stacking, hay hurdles and leaf piles
really make this a family affair.
• See the leaves changing as you Hike the Trails throughout Deep River County Park.

Hayrides are for individuals & families on a first come basis. Groups may reserve hayrides by calling the business
office at 219-769-7275.

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