Deep River County Park

Today, Deep River County Park encompasses more than 1,200 acres on both the south and north sides of U.S. Highway 30 about 4.5 miles east of Interstate 65 in Merrillville. Deep River Waterpark is located on the south area of the park site. The historic area of the serene park stretches along the Deep River corridor for about four miles with trails beginning behind the Historic Wood's Grist Mill. The original wood frame structure was later rebuilt of brick in 1876 by Nathan Wood, John's son, as a custom flouring mill. That's the building you see today. The Lake County Parks and Recreation Board acquired the site and renovated the mill, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 10, 1975. Renovated in 1976, Wood's Mill is surrounded by gardens, a wedding gazebo, a visitor center, and Grinder Field, home of the Deep River Grinders historic base ball team. Next door, the Deep River Visitor Center, housed in the remains of a 1904 church, offers a variety of specialty items and hand made crafts. Deep River's own pure maple syrup is available during Maple Syrup Time during the first of March each year.

The nature trails along the river connect the historic areas of the park with a picnic area on County Line Road and, further north, the sulky track area and across Ainsworth Road the overlook and Big Maple Lake. Many of these areas provide a picturesque view of woods and natural habitat. Other Great Features of Deep River Park: Barbeque facilities, barrier free toilet, Children's summer programs, Cross country ski trails (no rentals), Fishing (Indiana waters), Gift shop (May-October), Hayrides (tractor driven, September and October), Hiking trails, Historical buildings, Horseback riding (no rentals and not in historic area), Interpretative staff, Open play fields, Picnic shelters, Picnic tables, Playground, Recreational equipment rental, Sand vollyeball at Waterpark, Toilets (flush), Toilets (pit), Full service WATERPARK, Volleyball standards.