Griffy Lake Nature Preserve
A beautiful and unique natural area, Griffy Lake is a 1,200-acre nature preserve located just minutes from downtown Bloomington. Originally designed as a supply for city drinking water, Griffy is now a paradise for the avid outdoors person. The lake itself is 109 acres and has an average depth of 10 feet. Great hiking is available on several moderately difficult trails that wind through the wooded ridges and ravines around the lake. Rent a canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, rowboat or launch your own boat.
Wetlands Trail - 0.3 mile, non-loop
Nature Trail - 0.4 mile, loop
Griffy Creek Trail - 0.5 mile, non-loop
Hiking Trail - 1.6 mile, loop
All trail surfaces are wood chip and/or dirt. Trail maps are available at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office and the Griffy Lake Boathouse. Please remain on marked trails.
Griffy Lake provides a habitat for waterfowl and a variety of fish and other aquatic organisms. Species of fish in the lake include large-mouth bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish and channel catfish. An Indiana fishing license is required and state fishing laws do apply.
Canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and rowboats are available for rent from the boat house located on the northeast side of the lake. The boathouse is open weekends in April and October, and daily May through September. Call 812-349-3700 for rental and boat launching information. Gas powered motors are not allowed on the lake. Privately owned boats may be launched from the ramp located near the boat house for a small fee. Self-guided canoe trail maps are available at the boat house.
Griffy Lake offers a variety of activities that include sunbathing and picnicking. Tours led by naturalist guides are available for a 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 vehicles are prohibited. Special arrangements can be made for groups of 10 or larger by calling (812) 349-3700.
Swimming is not allowed.
Dogs must remain leased at all times.
Mountain biking, horseback riding and off-road vehicles are prohibited.