Algonquin & Beyond

Ragged Lake – Campsite #16 - 2020

This is a small but impressive island site, and I have to say, it’s pretty epic. It’s not at all what you would expect when looking at a tiny island on a map. One side of the island is occupied by massive flat beach maybe 100m long, and the other side of the island is basically a mountain. There’s a gradual incline from the beach to the main campsite area, with the rest of the perimeter being occupied with very steep and very dangerous inclines. If you like living on the edge (literally) there’s a tent spot located right at the edge of the cliff… or for most sane people, there are a few larger tent spot options slightly more inland that are much safer choices. The fire pit offers a breathtaking view into the southwest end of Ragged Lake, letting you watch people paddle to and from Parkside Bay from your private elevated mountaintop. There’s also a tiny secondary fire pit inland, which is likely used in emergency situations when there’s too much wind hitting the main exposed fire pit area. This campsite is also tucked away in the south end of Ragged and offers a good amount of privacy compared to many other campsites on the lake. Overall, this is a pretty amazing site; the only reason I chose not to camp here is because I was tripping in October and it’s not really ideal for that time of year.

UPDATE: Ragged Lake Campsite #16 Report from September 2021

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Map of campsites on Ragged Lake in Algonquin Park
Map of campsites
View of island campsite #16 on Ragged Lake from the water
View from water
Massive beachfront on Ragged Lake campsite #16 island on the east side
Fire pit and seating area on Ragged Lake campsite #16 in Algonquin Park
Fire pit and seating
Interior of campsite #16 on Ragged Lake looking towards the water
Interior of site
Interior of campsite #16 on Ragged Lake in Algonquin Park
Interior of site
Secondary small fire pit on Ragged Lake campsite #16 in Algonquin Park
Secondary fire pit
Tent spot on Ragged Lake campsite #16
Tent spot
Large area to pitch a tent on campsite #16 on Ragged Lake
Tent spot
Tent spot at the edge of a cliff on campsite #16 on Ragged Lake
Tent spot on cliff
Steep incline at the perimeter of Ragged Lake campsite #16
Steep inclines
Large beach canoe landing on Ragged Lake campsite #16
Canoe landing

* Images and information taken October 2020

* Algonquin Map courtesy of Jeff’s Maps

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