Griffy Lake Canoe Canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are available for rent at Griffy Lake.Griffy Lake Nature Preserve is located at 3300 N. Headley Road.
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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 Boat Rental Fees

Boat, canoe, and kayak rental (2 hr. limit on holidays/weekends) $7/hour
10, one-hour boat rental pass $60
Boat rental passes are available for purchase at the boathouse during normal business hours.

To make boat rental reservations for large groups visiting Griffy Lake Monday-Friday, call Elizabeth Tompkins at 349-3759. Boats cannot be reserved for weekends or holidays.

Privately owned boat launch fees: $60/season, $6/day
Boat motors are limited to electric trolling motors only.

See the Great Outdoors Web page for special boating education and nature programs.

Hiking at Griffy Lake - Download the map of Griffy Lake hiking trails. (PDF 2.21 MB)

Scenic woodlands teem with wild flora and fauna in this 1,179 acre nature preserve. Swimming is prohibited and to protect wildlife, all dogs must remain leashed while in the preserve.

Hiking trail: Wetlands Trail (.3 mi., non-loop), Nature Trail (.4 mi., loop), Griffy Creek Trail (.5 mi., non-loop), Hiking Trail (1.6 mi., loop). All trail surfaces are wood chip and/or dirt. Trail guides are available at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office and the Griffy Lake boathouse. Please remain on marked trails. Dogs must remain leashed at all times. Mountain biking, horseback riding and off-road vheicles are prohibited.

Griffy Lake Amenities

Parking Areas: 65 spaces at Boathouse

Restrooms: Next to boathouse

Also: Four picnic tables by the boathouse

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve was acquired through 45 different land acquisitions between 1922 and 2002. Griffy Woods Nature Preserve was dedicated in 1991. The lake was drained in late 2012 to facilitate repairs to the dam, and the lake was dredged from the boat ramp west to the causeway so boats can launch and access the west part of the lake even during times of low water. Repairs were completed in December 2013, and the lake filled almost completely in the course of week following a significant winter rain event. The Department of Natural Resources will stock the lake with fish in 2014.

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.