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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.
Find Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

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.

The surface of the lake often frezes in winter with varying ice conditions that can be hazardous. The City of Bloomington assumes no resonsibility for accidents resulting from individuals venturing onto the ice.

Insect Investigator

Hunt for insects and find out what makes a bug...well, a bug! During a short hike through Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, explore your surroundings for different insects, discover their special skills, and learn how to identify them. Wear your best bug-hunting gear and get ready to investigate the world beneath our feet! Instructor: Autumn Brunelle

Sa 3/11 · 2-3 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 3/6 Code 74004-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

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.

Tu 4/11 · 8-9:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 4/9 Code 74001-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

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.