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Page last updated on April 29, 2024 at 4:16 pm

The Griffy Lake boathouse is open for the 2024 season.

Watercraft rental reservations may be made by phone at 812-349-3732, or by email to

Walk-up rentals are also accepted, provided there are fewer than 22 watercraft on the lake at the time.


Private Watercraft Launching and Permits

Please note that Griffy Lake is owned and managed by the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department. It is not a Department of Natural Resources facility, and a DNR non-motorized watercraft permit is not valid for the use of privately owned watercraft. To launch a canoe, kayak, jon boat, or other private watercraft at Griffy Lake (motors limited to electric trolling motors only), you need either a daily launch permit ($10) or an annual launch permit ($100). Launch permits may be purchased at the boathouse during business hours.

A valid Indiana fishing license is required to fish at Griffy Lake.

Please note shoreline launching is NOT permitted. All boats, including canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards, must be launched from the ramp located at the boathouse.

Boathouse Hours

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