This peaceful, 109-acre lake is surrounded by over 1,200 acres of nature preserve, providing some of Bloomington's best fishing, hiking, and non-motorized boating. Located just a few minutes from downtown, Griffy Lake is one of the city's most impressive hidden gems.


Griffy Lake Boathouse

To protect the lake and nature preserve, only non-motorized boats and boats with electric trolling motors are allowed. The Griffy Lake Boathouse offers rental options for a variety of non-motorized options. Visitors can launch their own non-motorized watercraft at the lakes boat ramp. Daily launch fee applies.


A little boy kayaking on Griffy Lake

Swimming is not permitted at Griffy Lake. Visit our other lake pages for other options for lake swimming.


Woman fishing in a canoe on Griffy Lake

Griffy Lake is a great place to fish. Stocked with largemouth bass, blue gill, redear sunfish and more, anglers are welcome to fish from the shore, use the new accessible dock, or from a non-motorized boat. Fishing is allowed year-round.


A hiking trail at Griffy Lake during fall

Griffy Lake offers ten trails around the perimeter of the lake and in the nature preserve.

Griffy Trails
  • Wetlands Trail
    • 0.2 miles — easy
  • Nature Trail
    • 0.5 miles — easy
  • Lanam Trail
    • 0.6 miles — easy
  • Dam Crossing Trail
    • 0.16 miles — easy
  • Causeway Trail
    • 0.25 miles — easy
  • Cascades Park Trail
    • 1.2 miles — easy
  • West North Shore Loop
    • 1 mile — moderate
  • Griffy Creek Trail
    • 1.5 miles — moderate
  • Hiking Trail
    • 1.7 miles — moderate
  • North Shore Trail
    • 1.4 miles — hard