Wood's Mill

Cornmeal and Maple Syrup

Wood’s Mill Stoneground Cornmeal and Deep River Pure Maple Syrup Are on Sale

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 East Lincoln Highway in Merrillville just west of Deep River Waterpark. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 219-769-7275. 


  • 2 pound bag of cornmeal - $2.50
  • 12 ounce pure maple syrup - $7.50
  • 12 ounce preserves and apple butter - $5.50

Visitor Center & Wood's Historic Grist Mill Hours

Buildings are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m., May through October. Buildings are closed on Monday and holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day).

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.  

Grist Mill

First Thursday Mornings with the Miller

On the first Thursday May through 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 plus) 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 1800s.
  • 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. to 4:45, Tuesday through Saturday
  • Noon to 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.

Deep River General Store

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.