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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)

Family Night Paddle

The whole family is invited to this special Night Paddle in celebration of Earth Week. Let the kids stay up past their bedtimes to paddle out at sunset and watch darkness fall over Griffy Lake. Each participant must register and parents must accompany children under age 14 yrs. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate your way once you get back on dry land.

F 4/21 · 8:30-9:30 p.m.
$6/in-city, $7/non-city ·
Register by 4/20 Code 74006-A
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Earth Day Paddle

Celebrate Earth Day on the water at Griffy Lake! This guided paddle travels the Griffy shoreline by canoe. We'll stop along the way to identify native plants and animals. Learn about sustainable transportation and how you can help continue to protect aquatic lives and habitats! Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children ages 14 yrs. and under must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Autumn Brunelle

Sa 4/22 · 10:00-11:00 a.m.
$6/in-city, $7/non-city ·
Register by 4/17 Code 74011-A
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

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

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.