Griffy Lake

Griffy Lake

Our town, Bloomington, Indiana, has many things, but it doesn’t have an aquifer or naturally occurring lake to supply water. After several prior attempts to create a reservoir, all of which leaked because of the limestone that underlies the area, Griffy Reservoir (aka, Griffy Lake) was completed almost 100 years ago in 1924.

In addition to the lake, which no longer supplies water to the town, there is a forested watershed and nature preserve. Management of the area is shared by Indiana University and the City of Bloomington, which considers the lake to be an emergency water supply. There are currently 1180 acres (478 hectares) in the nature preserve. Its hilly terrain makes it a very attractive lake and area. Given its proximity to the university and town it makes a wonderful escape.

Griffy Lake
Griffy Lake in the fall.
Griffy Lake
Another view of Griffy Lake in the fall.
Griffy Lake nature preserve.
The steep hills and ravines are heavily forested.
Griffy Lake nature preserve.
One of the numerous ravines in the nature preserve.
Griffy Creek.
Griffy Creek feeds into Griffy Lake.

There are some almost strenuous hikes within the nature preserve. There is, of course, little altitude change but the broken terrain is often steep. The above photo shows the creek that feeds the lake, although the drainage area is larger.

Griffy Creek
Griffy Creek and trees.
Griffy Lake nature preserve.
Trees and ferns. Griffy Lake nature preserve.
Yellow crownbeard (Verbesina occidentalis)
Yellow crownbeard (Verbesina occidentalis)

I have no idea if there are any rare plants in the nature preserve. Indeed, I’m inclined to doubt it. But it is, nonetheless, full of probably mundane plants and trees. I find seeing them to be very comforting.

Marsh seedbox - I think
Marsh seedbox (Ludwigia palustris) – I think.
Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)
Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)
Fern and rocks
Fern and rocks
Ditch stonecrop
Ditch stonecrop (Penthorum sedoides) – I think.
Gwen and Alicia
Gwen and Alicia

Gwen and Alicia on a much wetter fall day than we are having this year. And speaking of wet… Indiana has been known to have some rain. With the rain comes mushrooms. I shot the following mushrooms at Griffy Lake. If you can better identify them than I can, please let me know.

Fly Agaric mushroom (Amanita muscaria)
Fly Agaric mushroom (Amanita muscaria)- I think!
Marasmius capillaris
Marasmius capillaris – I think!
Orange gilled mushroom
Orange gilled mushroom – No idea what it is!
Griffy Lake
Late afternoon, Griffy Lake.
Freeman Family
They were here and brought a knife.

I try to be a “leave no trace” kind of guy. The land endures and I hope the Freemans have as well, but I wish they and others hadn’t decided to carve their name on this Beech tree. It is certainly no better for it.

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