Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Griffy Lake Recreation Area is a beautiful spot in Bloomington, Indiana. The lake is a very scenic location and offers a variety of activites. It is a perfect spot to go fishing and catch some largemouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, and catfish. It is a great place to relax and have a family picnic, take the dog hiking and swimming, or explore the various hiking trails and trek around the lake. 

The lake is located about five minutes outside of Indiana University and is a very popular spot for the college students, who often spend a lot of time hiking and hammocking around the lake. As a result, Griffy is oftentimes very crowded. However, the crowds do not detract from the beauty and tranquility of the lake.  

Camping, fires, and overnight parking are not permitted at Griffy Lake. Dogs are allowed and encouraged, however, they must be kept on a leash at all times in order to ensure the safety of other visitors.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Thick forests. Beautiful fall colors. Hikes around the lake. Canoeing, kayaking, picnic tables, fishing.

Cons

None.

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Off-leash dog area
Wildlife
Flushing toilets
Rental facilities
Shelters
Fishing
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Bird watching
Family friendly

Location

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