Bloomingpedia:This month's featured article/2009 Month 02
University Lake is a small reservoir northeast of Bloomington. It is located just off the IU Golf Course in the Griffy Woods Nature Preserve. The lake was originally intended as a means of backup water distribution to the IU campus in 1911. At that time, water shortages forced the City of Bloomington to cancel their water contract with IU, compelling the university to create its own freshwater reservoirs. The dam was built in 1911 and made larger over time as the university wanted to increase its carrying capacity.