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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.



Maple Syrup Time

Maple Syrup Time on the Weekends

    Don’t have a group, but still want the Maple Syrup Experience?
    Join us March 11-12 & 18-19, 2017 from 10 a.m.-4p.m. for this FREE program
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Maple syrup can only be produced in certain U.S. states and Canada and only at a certain time of the year.  Above freezing day temperatures and below freezing night temperatures bring out maple sugar farmers and park staff toting their supply of buckets, spiles, drills, and tubing to tap the trees and gather the sap.  Aren’t we lucky to be in a part of the world where climate and conditions allow us to make pure maple syrup?  Come witness this special time of the year.


Tapping Trees

Meet in front of the gift shop on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn how maple trees are tapped without harming the tree itself.

Sugar Shack

From tree to table-- the sugar shack is where the sap is boiled, creating the sweet syrup we know and love!


Visit the colorful voyageur-era volunteers as tehy make maple syrup over an open fire. Learn a little history, like how maple suger sustained Native Americans through long, difficult winters.

Wood's Historic Grist Mill

Meer the miller as he grinds corn into stone-ground cornmeal. Don't forget to taste Deep River's pure maple syrup while you're there!

Popcorn & a Movie

Purchase some popcorn and warm up while you watch the 30-minute film "Maple Syrup Farmer", which will be shown at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30 below the gift shop.

Deep River Store

Purchase your very own maple syrup, maple sugar candy, and a spile to start your own backyard sugaring! Plenty of other unique items and gifts availble!

Make a Mokuk

At 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30 listen to the children's book "Maple Moon" and make a mokuk... the earliest known container for carrying sap.





Maple Syrup Time Weekday Field Trip Reservations

Deep River County Park Wood’s Historic Grist Mill area
March 7-10, 14-17, 2017
Tour Length & Times: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Tour last 2 hours and includes inside and outside elements around
the park. (Please dress for weather conditions)
Fee: $2 per person, children and adults
Program design: For 1st grade through adults. Great for groups
with various ages
Have younger students? New “Maple Syrup Monkeys” program
available for preschool groups, Click here for information
Reservation Restrictions: 15 person minimum, 120 maximum.
Deposit: $20 deposit required at least 2 weeks in advance. Call 219-769-7275 to reserve your group in January. You don’t want to miss this popular springtime educational

Tree Tapping: Learn the magic of nature. Find out what tree sap is, which trees produce sap that can be turned into
syrup, and how and when sap can be collected.
Sugar Shack: At the Sugar Shack, science takes over! This is where sap from the tree becomes pure maple syrup fit for the breakfast table. Our wood–fired evaporator turns sap into dark amber deliciousness.
Voyagers: Hear the legend of how maple syrup was discovered as historical reenactors make maple sugar over an open fire.
Deep River Store: Stop in our store, once a nondenominational church built in 1904, to view items that would have been for sale in a general store from the past. Also if you would like to shop, there are lots of souvenirs to choose from.

If nothing else be sure to add on a souvenir size bottle of our pure maple syrup for only $2 per person. It’s a great way to take the experience home with you.

After registering for your tour, you will receive a resource packet to use in the classroom to complete with pre-trip and post-trip activities.

Much of the tour is conducted outdoors, so please dress according to weather conditions.  There are indoor alternatives in case of extreme weather. 

Deep River County Park is located at 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart, IN 46342 at the intersection of County Line Road and 73rd Avenue.  From I-65 and Route 30 go east 4 miles on Route 30 to Randolph Street, then north to the first stop sign and east to the park.  GPS coordinates: Deep River Grist Mill: 41.475944,-87.222285


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