Ragged Island Conservation Area (Lake Winnipesaukee, Tuftonboro)

Ragged Island is an 11 acre island with nearly one mile of pristine shoreline, two sandy beaches for landing by paddle craft, and a nature trail following the perimeter. LRCT acquired the island in 2007 and a conservation easement is held by the Town of Tuftonboro.

Sunrise Beach (on the east side) and Sunset Beach (on the west side) are two of the most popular places for swimming (depending on wind direction and time of day).  A circumnavigation of the island passes numerous shallows and rock reefs and provides pleasant paddling past small nooks and coves with overhanging high bush blueberries in season. Little Ragged Island is directly to the east of the center of Ragged and is also part of the LRCT property but does not have a trail.

Ragged Island and surrounding waters have historically been loon territory; please remain at least 150 feet away from any loon or loon nest, or farther if a loon vocalizes or shows other signs of agitation.

Throughout Ragged Island, there are remnants of it’s past. To learn more about the island’s unique history, click here.


Trail Map


 

LRCT has created a waterproof paddle map that features Ragged Island, along with four other island properties.

You can learn more about our paddle maps here.


Island Access

Ragged Island is located north of the Broads, with Little Bear Island to the north, Cow Island to the east, Sandy Island to the southwest, and Long Island to the west and northwest.

The nearest public boat launch is Harilla Landing in Long Island, which is northwest of Ragged. Some paddlers may wish to access Ragged from Nineteenmile Bay boat launch to the northeast.

Docks are located near the southern end of the island for power boat landing and beaches are located on the east and west sides of the island. There is a 3 hour docking limit.

Please note that Little Pine Tree Island, located just east of the docks, is private property. Do not go ashore here and please respect the property and privacy of the owners.