Deep River County Park

Deep River County Park Deep River County Park is open daily 7am and closes at sunset. Gates are open on historic side of the park year round. Other gates are opened seasonally weather permitting.
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Historic buildings are open seasonally and hours vary.

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It’s Wedding Wednesday!!The groom and groomsman pic is the best!! Tim and Becky Warren were married here at the park on ...
05/05/2021

It’s Wedding Wednesday!!

The groom and groomsman pic is the best!! Tim and Becky Warren were married here at the park on May 20, 2017. Thank you for letting us share your photos on Facebook.

We are hoping to post a wedding photo every Wednesday, so if you have a wedding photo you would like to share, please message us.

Since It's national wildflower week, we thought we would share some wildflowers that you might find here in the park.The...
05/04/2021

Since It's national wildflower week, we thought we would share some wildflowers that you might find here in the park.

The MAYAPPLE, Podophyllum Peltatum, is springtime perennial that is native to the United States. They grow well in shaded areas with moisture rich soil, which is why you can find them in out trails along the river here at Deep River County Park. Wildflowers are often hard to identify, but mayapples are rather easy, so it’s a good one to learn more about.

The flower of the Mayapple has around 6-9 white petals with yellow stamen. They will either have 1 leaf or 2, but only the one with 2 leaves will produce a flower. The flower of the Mayapple is sometimes hard to spot because they hidden under their big green leaves that almost look like umbrellas. Which is why they are the perfect addition to a fairy garden. In fact, some people call them FAIRY UMBRELLAS. They start out small but can grow to be 2 feet tall. Mayflowers use rhizomes to spread their root system (like poison ivy) and that is why you find them in large colonies covering the woodland floors.

The Mayapple flower usually blooms in May. That is where you get the “May” part, but what about the “apple” part. Well, they do produce a fruit, but only Mayapples that have two leaves will flower and that flower will create a small oval shaped berry. The fruit will turn yellow when it is ripe (Usually in August). That is why some people actually call them GROUND LEMONS. Important: The ripe fruit, and only when it’s ripe, of the Mayapple is edible. The rest of the flower is very toxic. Again, only the ripened fruit is edible and yummy to the woodland animals like squirrels and turtles. So, maybe it’s better to just leave the fruits for them to eat.

So MAYAPPLES, GROUND LEMONS or FAIRY UMBRELLAS, you can call them whatever you like. We just call them pretty cool as wildflowers go.

How about some cute turtle pics on this Tuesday.Do you have any great pics of turtles you have seen here in the park? Dr...
05/04/2021

How about some cute turtle pics on this Tuesday.

Do you have any great pics of turtles you have seen here in the park? Drop them in the comments.

Baby turtle pic by park visitor Samantha Gee (about the size of a quarter.) The rest of the photos by park staff.

Since It's national wildflower week, we thought we would share some wildflowers that you might find here in the park.Pra...
05/03/2021

Since It's national wildflower week, we thought we would share some wildflowers that you might find here in the park.

Prairie Trillium (Trillium Recurvatum)

Part of the Liliaceae family – like tulips.
Trillium bloom mid to late spring and usually last 3- 4 weeks and are found in woodlands areas with oaks and maple trees (sounds like our park!)
Leaves are a mix of dark and light green that makes them camouflaged to the woodland floor to hide them from White-tailed deer who like to eat their flowers.
They have 3 maroon petals, 3 sepals and 3 stamen. The flower is replaced by a single fruit (berry).

Since It's national wildflower week, we thought we would share some wildflowers that you might find here in the park.

Prairie Trillium (Trillium Recurvatum)

Part of the Liliaceae family – like tulips.
Trillium bloom mid to late spring and usually last 3- 4 weeks and are found in woodlands areas with oaks and maple trees (sounds like our park!)
Leaves are a mix of dark and light green that makes them camouflaged to the woodland floor to hide them from White-tailed deer who like to eat their flowers.
They have 3 maroon petals, 3 sepals and 3 stamen. The flower is replaced by a single fruit (berry).

It's national wildflower week - May 3rd through the 9th.So use this as an excuse to walk in the park and see all the wil...
05/03/2021

It's national wildflower week - May 3rd through the 9th.
So use this as an excuse to walk in the park and see all the wildflowers in bloom.
The park is open daily at 7am and closes at sunset.

It's national wildflower week - May 3rd through the 9th.
So use this as an excuse to walk in the park and see all the wildflowers in bloom.
The park is open daily at 7am and closes at sunset.

Wood's Historic Grist Mill is open today from 12-4pm.Visit today and see the miller making stone-ground cornmeal the way...
05/02/2021

Wood's Historic Grist Mill is open today from 12-4pm.

Visit today and see the miller making stone-ground cornmeal the way the did 150 years ago.

Also stop by the park store and purchase a 2lb bag of our cornmeal for only $3.

Photo by Lake county Parks Photoclub member Harry deCourcy.

Wood's Historic Grist Mill is open today from 12-4pm.

Visit today and see the miller making stone-ground cornmeal the way the did 150 years ago.

Also stop by the park store and purchase a 2lb bag of our cornmeal for only $3.

Photo by Lake county Parks Photoclub member Harry deCourcy.

OPEN!Wood’s Historic Grist Mill and the Deep River County Park store are open for our regular park season.2021 BUILDING ...
05/02/2021

OPEN!

Wood’s Historic Grist Mill and the Deep River County Park store are open for our regular park season.

2021 BUILDING HOURS
THURSDAY-SATURDAY 10-4
SUNDAY 12-4.

The park is open daily 7am until sunset.

Photos taken by park visitor Kata Ma.

All this wind, makes us want to fly a kite. If you don't have a kite, you can make one pretty easy with some constructio...
05/01/2021

All this wind, makes us want to fly a kite.

If you don't have a kite, you can make one pretty easy with some construction paper, string and stick.

We are OPEN!Wood's Historic Grist Mill and park store are open today 10am until 4pm.The mill will be demonstrating all d...
05/01/2021

We are OPEN!

Wood's Historic Grist Mill and park store are open today 10am until 4pm.

The mill will be demonstrating all day how we still make stone-ground cornmeal like they used to in 1876. (We sell 2 pound bags of cornmeal for only $3 at our park store.)

We are OPEN!

Wood's Historic Grist Mill and park store are open today 10am until 4pm.

The mill will be demonstrating all day how we still make stone-ground cornmeal like they used to in 1876. (We sell 2 pound bags of cornmeal for only $3 at our park store.)

Happy Friday!Only a couple spots left for our Moms in Bloom: Mother's Day program. Reserve your spot by calling the park...
04/30/2021

Happy Friday!

Only a couple spots left for our Moms in Bloom: Mother's Day program. Reserve your spot by calling the park at 219-947-1958 or messaging us here on Facebook.

Happy Friday!

Only a couple spots left for our Moms in Bloom: Mother's Day program. Reserve your spot by calling the park at 219-947-1958 or messaging us here on Facebook.

How beautiful is this flower!!We are so excited to be selling the Mason Homestead flowers in our park store all season l...
04/29/2021

How beautiful is this flower!!

We are so excited to be selling the Mason Homestead flowers in our park store all season long. Fresh flowers at the store Fridays- Sundays, starting Friday, May 7th.

Also they will be suppling the flowers for our picnic table centerpieces on Mother's Day this year. They will be making a beautiful day in the park even more beautiful! (Picnic tables with centerpieces located just outside the park store.)

Yes definetly growing these double tulips next year. No filter and the picture doesn't do it justice.

This mom and son photo taken by Christina Paris is so sweet! With Mother's Day, just around the corner, we wanted to let...
04/29/2021

This mom and son photo taken by Christina Paris is so sweet!

With Mother's Day, just around the corner, we wanted to let you know that Wood's Historic Grist Mill and park store will both be open 10-4 on Mother's Day (Sunday, May 9.)

Also there are still a couple spots left in our Moms in Bloom: Mother's Day program. Just call the park or message here on Facebook to reserve your spot.

This mom and son photo taken by Christina Paris is so sweet!

With Mother's Day, just around the corner, we wanted to let you know that Wood's Historic Grist Mill and park store will both be open 10-4 on Mother's Day (Sunday, May 9.)

Also there are still a couple spots left in our Moms in Bloom: Mother's Day program. Just call the park or message here on Facebook to reserve your spot.

It’s Wedding Wednesday!!These June 5, 1993 wedding photos are so sweet. Thank you, Kelly and Sandi Peters for letting us...
04/28/2021

It’s Wedding Wednesday!!

These June 5, 1993 wedding photos are so sweet. Thank you, Kelly and Sandi Peters for letting us share them on Facebook.

We are hoping to post a wedding photo every Wednesday, so if you have a wedding photo you would like to share, please message us.

Spring is a really good time to look for beaver activity since the snow has melted, but grass and plants are still very ...
04/27/2021

Spring is a really good time to look for beaver activity since the snow has melted, but grass and plants are still very small. Beavers have been very busy in the park lately.

So take a walk in the park and see it you can spot some chopped down trees, dams or maybe even pawprints

Here are some fun facts about beavers to go along with your hike….
• The beaver is mainly a nocturnal animal.
• The large front teeth of the beaver never stop growing. The beavers constant gnawing on wood helps to keep their teeth from growing too long.
• Once the dams are completed and ponds formed, beavers will work on building their homes called lodges in the middle. The dome shaped lodges, like the dams, are constructed with branches and mud. Lodges have underwater entrances, making entry tough for most other animals.
• Using their broad, scaly tail, beavers will forcefully slap the water as an alarm signal to other beavers in the area that a predator is approaching.
• Beavers are slow on land but using their webbed feet, they are very good swimmers. A beaver can stay under water for up to 15 minutes.
• Beavers are herbivores. They like to eat the wood of trees such as the aspen, cottonwood, willow, birch, maple, cherry and also eat pondweed and water lilies.
• Beavers like to keep themselves busy, they are prolific builders during the night. Hence the saying "As busy as a beaver"
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Also, if you are looking for some fun activities to do with little ones.

Build like a Beaver: Use a plastic shoe bin*, use sticks you have found on the ground and build a beaver dam in the middle of the tray, pour water on half of the tray to test it out and see if it holds. (plastic shoe bin, baking dish, plastic disposal plate, foam to go container anything that will hold water that isn't too big will do.)

This photo of the mill taken by park visitor Thomas Wade looks so beautiful, but we are totally ok for it to be done sno...
04/26/2021

This photo of the mill taken by park visitor Thomas Wade looks so beautiful, but we are totally ok for it to be done snowing here until December.

As the new water wheel is being built, we are going to share some of our favorite photos of the previous water wheels.

If you have any photos you would like us to share here on Facebook, just send it to us through messenger.

This photo of the mill taken by park visitor Thomas Wade looks so beautiful, but we are totally ok for it to be done snowing here until December.

As the new water wheel is being built, we are going to share some of our favorite photos of the previous water wheels.

If you have any photos you would like us to share here on Facebook, just send it to us through messenger.

Only 2 more weeks until Mother's Day and our Moms in Bloom program. Plant a sunflower in the park with mom or in honor o...
04/25/2021

Only 2 more weeks until Mother's Day and our Moms in Bloom program.

Plant a sunflower in the park with mom or in honor of a mom, then enjoy the rest of the day in a beautiful park. This program is FREE, but registration is required. There are just a few spots left, you can register at lakecountyparks.com or by messaging us right here on Facebook.

Only 2 more weeks until Mother's Day and our Moms in Bloom program.

Plant a sunflower in the park with mom or in honor of a mom, then enjoy the rest of the day in a beautiful park. This program is FREE, but registration is required. There are just a few spots left, you can register at lakecountyparks.com or by messaging us right here on Facebook.

April showers bring May flowers... and plants!It’s a a chilly rainy morning, but the plant swap is still a go!Missed tod...
04/24/2021

April showers bring May flowers... and plants!

It’s a a chilly rainy morning, but the plant swap is still a go!

Missed today’s plant swap? Don’t worry, we will have another one in the fall. (Last Saturday in September)

April showers bring May flowers... and plants!

It’s a a chilly rainy morning, but the plant swap is still a go!

Missed today’s plant swap? Don’t worry, we will have another one in the fall. (Last Saturday in September)

Happy Saturday Everyone!We are wishing for a warm sunny day!This is still one of our favorite photos from park visitor H...
04/24/2021

Happy Saturday Everyone!

We are wishing for a warm sunny day!

This is still one of our favorite photos from park visitor Holly Hutnik.

Happy Saturday Everyone!

We are wishing for a warm sunny day!

This is still one of our favorite photos from park visitor Holly Hutnik.

Fridays are for FROGS!Drop your favorite frog and toad pictures that you have taken here at the park in the comments.(Ph...
04/23/2021

Fridays are for FROGS!

Drop your favorite frog and toad pictures that you have taken here at the park in the comments.

(Photo 1 by Harry de Courcy, Photo 2 by Nancy de Courcy, Photo 3 by park staff)

Plant swap this Saturday at 10am on the historic side of the park.
04/22/2021

Plant swap this Saturday at 10am on the historic side of the park.

Plant swap this Saturday at 10am on the historic side of the park.

Can we bring back Throwback Thursdays?As the new water wheel is being built, we are going to share some of our favorite ...
04/22/2021

Can we bring back Throwback Thursdays?

As the new water wheel is being built, we are going to share some of our favorite photos of the previous water wheels.

If you have any photos you would like us to share, just send it to us through messenger.

Photo by Lake County Parks Photoclub member Dennis Gray.

Can we bring back Throwback Thursdays?

As the new water wheel is being built, we are going to share some of our favorite photos of the previous water wheels.

If you have any photos you would like us to share, just send it to us through messenger.

Photo by Lake County Parks Photoclub member Dennis Gray.

Wedding WednesdaysWe love our park brides (and grooms) and this photo is just so magical, we had to share. We are hoping...
04/21/2021

Wedding Wednesdays

We love our park brides (and grooms) and this photo is just so magical, we had to share.

We are hoping to post a wedding photo every Wednesday, so if you have a wedding photo you would like to share, please message us.

Wedding Wednesdays

We love our park brides (and grooms) and this photo is just so magical, we had to share.

We are hoping to post a wedding photo every Wednesday, so if you have a wedding photo you would like to share, please message us.

04/20/2021

Out with the old!

The last part of the old water wheel was removed yesterday. There is still so much more to do, but little things like this are exciting.

Also, we will be posting old photos of the water wheel this summer, so if you want to drop your photos below, we would love to share them.

04/20/2021

We love dogs here at Deep River!

So the park store is looking for local vendors that sell dog related items like treats and bandanas to possibly sell in the store.

If you are that type of vendor, please message us here on Facebook.

Spring cleaning today at the park!There were so many more of you than what we were able to get pictures of.We can’t than...
04/17/2021

Spring cleaning today at the park!

There were so many more of you than what we were able to get pictures of.

We can’t thank everyone enough for helping us clean up the park.

If you missed it today, don’t worry it was such a success, we may do another clean-up in the fall and definitely next spring!

Scout Spring Clean up at Deep River County Park tomorrow, Saturday, April 17th.  Walk the park, parking lots and trails ...
04/16/2021

Scout Spring Clean up at Deep River County Park tomorrow, Saturday, April 17th.

Walk the park, parking lots and trails and help us clean the park and exchange that trash for a park patch.

Also don't forget the park is really big! we have 3 entrances and multiple trails, so you can always clean at Big Maple entrance and then make your way over to the historic side to pick up your park patch.

You can pick up your patch from the park store between 10am and 2pm this Saturday.

Hope to have lots of help from all of those scouts out there!

Scout Spring Clean up at Deep River County Park tomorrow, Saturday, April 17th.

Walk the park, parking lots and trails and help us clean the park and exchange that trash for a park patch.

Also don't forget the park is really big! we have 3 entrances and multiple trails, so you can always clean at Big Maple entrance and then make your way over to the historic side to pick up your park patch.

You can pick up your patch from the park store between 10am and 2pm this Saturday.

Hope to have lots of help from all of those scouts out there!

Our scout spring clean up is tomorrow. Saturday, April 17.Fill a small bag of trash and turn it in for one of our Deep R...
04/16/2021

Our scout spring clean up is tomorrow. Saturday, April 17.
Fill a small bag of trash and turn it in for one of our Deep River County Park patches. No need to register, just stop by the park store between 10-2 for the trash/patch exchange.
For more information about the scout spring clean-up call the park or message us here on Instagram.

Our scout spring clean up is tomorrow. Saturday, April 17.
Fill a small bag of trash and turn it in for one of our Deep River County Park patches. No need to register, just stop by the park store between 10-2 for the trash/patch exchange.
For more information about the scout spring clean-up call the park or message us here on Instagram.

Summer Jobs
04/16/2021
Summer Jobs

Summer Jobs

If you want a FUN, rewarding job...complete this application & if choosen you're going to love it!

04/16/2021

This is a problem for many parks including Deep River.

Confetti is honestly the worst form of litter we have in the park because it is almost impossible to clean up. It then makes its way to the river and affects the park more than what you see.

So what can you do? Spread the word to family, friends and especially photographers and let them know that while the pictures are great and we want you to spend those important moments in the park, just not at the expense of the park itself.

The other challenge for us is chalk graffiti, while everyone thinks chalk doesn’t damage because it washes off. It actually doesn’t wash off as easy as you think. Each time we have to scrub off the chalk, it wears out the building a little more.

Again, we know if you are following the park on Facebook that you would not be the ones to leave things behind. Just hoping to spread the word. We love and appreciate all of your support!!

Address

9410 Old Lincoln Hwy
Hobart, IN
46342

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(219) 947-1958

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My husband & I took the long way home from Crown Point to Valpo last week & pulled into the park to check it out. I took these pics from my drivers window.
Joyce taking a picture of Bob
Exmas in deep river park
Christmas time at the Mill 2020
I took this photo in the early 1970s prior to the old mills "makeover"
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How are the trails
Is Preschool in the Park happening this year?
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Is the gazebo under water still?
I loved visiting this park. It's amazing.