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The Griffy Lake boathouse is currently open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., weather permitting. Check this website, or call (812) 349-3732 for updates on Griffy Lake hours of operation.

Griffy Lake Boathouse Operations

Beginning opening day on Saturday, May 23, 2020, watercraft (canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard) rentals are NOT available for walk-up, on-site rental. If you would like to rent a watercraft for a two-hour time period on Griffy Lake, your reservation must be made in advance.

Call the Griffy Lake boathouse at 812-349-3732 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to reserve a watercraft. 

Griffy Lake Boathouse Safety Protocols

  1. Watercraft rentals must be made over the phone in advance; no walk-up rentals are permitted. Call the Griffy Lake boathouse at 812-349-3732 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to reserve a watercraft. 
  2. Maximum watercraft rental time is two hours. Group size is limited to 10 or fewer people.
  3. Restrooms at the Griffy Lake boathouse remain closed to the public. Please plan accordingly.
  4. Boathouse occupancy limited to three people at a time (including boathouse staff).
  5. Guests will be greeted and given instructions outside the boathouse, to reduce time spent in a confined space.
  6. The back window and front doors of the boathouse will remain open to allow for air flow.
  7. All equipment, including paddles and oars, and watercraft surfaces (seats/edges/handles) that come in direct contact with guests will be disinfected with Clorox wipes between uses.
  8. All PFDs (life jackets and flotation cushions) will be sprayed with Lysol disinfectant between uses.
  9. Retail counter space and items are wiped down regularly. Timing depends on foot traffic and customer interactions.
  10. Additional hand sanitizer stations, at retail counter and near restrooms (even when closed).
  11. Modified boat launches that reduce close proximity of staff and customers.
  12. Boat launch railing will be wiped down between uses.
  13. The following will be removed from public access until further notice: Eco Outpost interactive display, Explorer Backpacks, field guide and binocular rentals, community sunscreen, and the water cooler.
  14. Bloomington Parks and Recreation has put into place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, we cannot guarantee that you will not contract an illness. Please do your part to protect your health and the health of others.

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 lake remains open daily to private boats. During hours when the boathouse is open, privately owned boats must pay an $8/day launch fee. Boat motors are limited to electric trolling motors only.

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