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The Griffy Lake boathouse opening day has been postponed until Friday, May 1 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Check this website, or call (812) 349-3732 for updates on Griffy Lake boathouse opening or hours of operation.

Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Physical Distance

Safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Bloomington Parks and Recreation believes that Griffy Lake Nature Preserve can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits this space provides. We request that our visitors follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of Griffy Lake.

  1. Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
  2. Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.
  3. Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  4. Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains. The restrooms at the Griffy Lake boathouse are closed until further notice, and drinking water is not available. Please plan ahead and prepare.
  5. While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  6. Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.


When the boathouse opens, Bloomington Parks and Recreation staff will take the following precautions to keep themselves, you, and your families and friends safe:

  1. Restrooms at the Griffy Lake boathouse will be closed to the public. Please plan accordingly.
  2. Group watercraft reservations are discouraged.
  3. Boathouse occupancy limited to three people at a time.
  4. Guests will be greeted and given instructions outside the boathouse, to reduce time spent in a confined space.
  5. The back window and front doors of the boathouse will remain open to allow for air flow.
  6. 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.
  7. All PFDs (life jackets and flotation cushions) will be sprayed with Lysol disinfectant between uses.
  8. Retail counter space and items are wiped down regularly. Timing depends on foot traffic and customer interactions.
  9. Additional hand sanitizer stations, at retail counter and near restrooms (even when closed).
  10. Modified boat launches that reduce close proximity of staff and customers.
  11. Boat launch railing will be wiped down between uses.
  12. 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.

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.

Rowboat, kayak, canoe, and stand up paddleboard rentals are available seasonally at Griffy Lake boathouse.

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.