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Griffy Lake Canoe Canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are available for rent April through October at Griffy Lake.Griffy Lake Nature Preserve is located at 3300 N. Headley Road.
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Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Wins Conservation Award

Scenic woodlands teeming with wild flora and fauna surround the 109-acre Griffy Lake at this 1,200 acre nature preserve. Swimming is prohibited. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has stocked the lake with bluegill, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie. A valid Indiana fishing license is required for fishing at Griffy Lake.

Chemical Application at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

It is the mission of the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department's Integrated Pest Management Plan to sustain the beauty, recreation potential, and ecological diversity of the City's parks and recreation assets in a safe and responsible manner. The IPM plan takes into account the health and safety of the public and Department staff, and the impact to the environment in an effort to minimize the use of pesticides in City parks.

A herbicide treatment will take place at the east end of the parking lot at the Griffy Lake boathouse on 4/18/17, weather permitting.

Imitator Plus
Active Ingredient: 2% Glyphosate
Manufacturer: Drexel
Label has a Caution rating
Reentry: Allow to dry (signs posted on site for 48 hours)

Griffy Lake Master Plan

View the Griffy Lake Master Plan. (PDF 16.28 MB)

For more information about the updated Griffy Lake Master Plan, contact Steve Cotter, Natural Resources Manager, at 349-3736.

Griffy Lake Boathouse Hours

Griffy Boathouse phone: (812) 349-3732

April and October: Saturday and Sunday only, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
May-August: Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
September: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
November-March: Closed


Night Paddle

Experience an evening of peace and serenity on Griffy Lake during the full moon. Navigate the lake, take deep breaths of fresh air, and watch the night sky light up the water. Each participant must register. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children age 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

W 5/10 · 8:30-10 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 5/9 Code 84013-A

Night Paddle

Experience an evening of peace and serenity on Griffy Lake during the full moon. Navigate the lake, take deep breaths of fresh air, and watch the night sky light up the water. Each participant must register. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children age 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

F 6/9 · 9-10:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 6/8 Code 84013-B

Fossil Frenzy

Evidence of life from millions of years ago can be found throughout Indiana's streams. Join us on an expedition to search for prehistory beneath our feet. Expect a short introduction on what to look for followed by a hike (about two miles round trip) to Griffy Creek to scour the fossil beds. Bring drinking water and wear comfortable, water-resistant footwear. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

F 6/23 · 6-7:30 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 6/19 Code 84008-A

Sa 6/24 · 1-2:30 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 6/19 Code 84008-B

Animal Tracking for Beginners

Imagine you are walking through the woods when you stumble upon a set of tracks on the ground. You see what seems to be the impression of toes and nail marks. Is it from a dog? A fox? Sasquatch?! On this easy hike you will learn to identify a variety of local animal tracks and the best places to find them. Instructor:Autumn Brunelle

Su 7/9 · 2-3 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 7/3 Code 84005-A

Night Paddle

Experience an evening of peace and serenity on Griffy Lake during the full moon. Navigate the lake, take deep breaths of fresh air, and watch the night sky light up the water. Each participant must register. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children age 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

Su 7/9 · 9-10:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 7/6 Code 84013-C

Mushroom Foray

Mushroom season does not end with morels! Learn the import role played by wild fungi, as well as how to identify and harvest different mushroom species. Find out where to search for and how to prepare the many edible wild mushrooms our environment provides. The program begins with a brief introduction to common and easy-to-identify edible mushrooms, followed by a hike to search for edible fungi. Dress for the weather, and prepare for moderate hiking. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 7/22 · 1-2:30 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 7/17 Code 84009-A

Night Paddle

Experience an evening of peace and serenity on Griffy Lake during the full moon. Navigate the lake, take deep breaths of fresh air, and watch the night sky light up the water. Each participant must register. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children age 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

M 8/7 · 8:30-10 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 8/6 Code 84013-D

Night Paddle

Experience an evening of peace and serenity on Griffy Lake during the full moon. Navigate the lake, take deep breaths of fresh air, and watch the night sky light up the water. Each participant must register. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children age 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

W 9/6 · 8-9:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 9/5 Code 84013-E

Night Paddle

Experience an evening of peace and serenity on Griffy Lake during the full moon. Navigate the lake, take deep breaths of fresh air, and watch the night sky light up the water. Each participant must register. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children age 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

Th 10/5 · 7-8:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 10/4 Code 84013-F


For up-to-the-minute information on weather-related cancellations, call the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Community Events Hotline at 812-349-3754.