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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.


Wood's Mill

Wood’s Mill stoneground cornmeal and Deep River pure maple syrup on sale at Lake County Parks office

Popular items are on sale at the Lake County Parks business office.  Generally not available once the general store at Deep River closes for the season, the park department is now offering Wood’s Mill stoneground cornmeal, Deep River pure maple syrup and a variety of preserves and apple butter for sale at 8411 E. Lincoln Highway in Merrillville just west of Deep River Waterpark. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm M-F.  Call 219-769-7275. Available: 2 lb bag of cornmeal $2.50; 12oz pure maple syrup $7.50; 12 oz preserves and apple butter $5.50




The Visitor Center and Wood's Historic Grist Mill open for season May 1 through October 31

Visitor Center and Wood's Historic Grist Mill Hours

Buildings are open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 & Sunday 12-5 May through October. Buildings are closed on Monday and holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day).

Special Winter hours - Open for the holidays the first three Saturdays in December (3, 10 & 17)

Park gates are open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset

Access to Deep River County Park Wood’s Mill area remains open daily year round from the 7 a.m. until sunset. The County Line Road, Sulky Track, and Big Maple Lake entrances are closed during the winter months. 


First Thursday Mornings with the Miller:  On the first Thursday May – October Wood’s Mill opens at 9 a.m.  Enjoy a free cup of coffee while you meet the Miller, learn the history Wood’s Mill and see how cornmeal is ground. Don’t forget that Thursdays is senior citizen day (age 60+) in the General Store next door. That means 10% off merchandise including clearance items and our fresh cornmeal for all senior citizens (discount cannot be applied to maple syrup, jellies or butters).


Visitors to historic Wood's Grist Mill will see demonstrations of the corn-grinding process, learn how the mill was originally powered, and be able to purchase stone-ground cornmeal processed in the Mill daily. Admission to the Mill is by donation.

  • First floor exhibits include quilts and artifacts from the Wood family.
  • The second floor hosts a replica one-room school, a general store setting, and a typical bedroom of the 1800's.
  • Milling equipment is housed on third floor where milling operations used to take place.

Exhibit in Wood's Mill Gallery: Wood's Historic Grist Mill at Deep River County Park

  • 10 a.m. - 4:45 Tuesday - Saturday
  • Noon - 4:45 Sunday
  • May and June exhibit: Members of the Lake County Park's Photography Club proudly display their works. The exhibit, a favorite of visitors to Wood's Mill Gallery, may feature framed photos of landscapes, buildings, still life, travels around the world, local places of interest and people. Some are offered for sale.

General Store


The Visitor Center General Store, housed in a 1904 church building that was outgrown by its congregation, is now home to the gift shop, meeting room and information center. Here visitors may purchase Deep River's own pure maple syrup, Amish-made apple butter, ice-cold sarsaparilla, jams, jellies, condiments, cookbooks, toys, nature guides, paintings, photographs, pioneer bonnets and aprons, rag dolls and much more.






Christmas at Wood’s Mill


Bundle up and celebrate the holidays with a winter walk at Deep River County Park. Both the gazebo and Wood’s Historic Mill will be decorated for the season to be the perfect backdrop for your holiday greeting card.

While you’re out, be sure to stop by the visitor center and gift shop to warm up with some hot cocoa, and get a little bit of holiday shopping done. Children can make a homemade ornament to take home or add to the mill’s Christmas tree.

Deep River County Park visitor center and general store will be open from 10-5 the first three Saturdays in December (12/3, 12/10 & 12/17).






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