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Raven Lake

Raven is boat access only but will make for a fun day, and the cliff is anywhere from 35 to 75 feet.

From Espanola, head south on Hwy 6 towards Manitoulin Island. 8 kilometres south of town, on your right is Lachance Drive. Take this and the boat launch is 100 feet down the road to your right. The crag is about 1 km down the lake on your right side where the lake narrows, and certainly makes for a great warm up if you are paddling.

Boat access to Raven Lake crag
Raven Lake routes


 1  Awkward Turtle | 5.10c/d | 6 bolts

FFA Colin Shepitka 2017

Scramble up rock on left, hard mono pocket crux at first bolt to easy climbing and small run out after the last bolt. 

 2  Caulk and Blood | 5.10d/5.11a | 6 bolts

FFA Colin Shepitka 2017

Follow the arête to a tricky small roof, moves into a challenging crux out of the roof, then easy climbing to the top. 

 3  Lake Effect | 5.10c/d | 7 bolts 

FFA Colin Shepitka 2017

Easy start into serious 5.10 climbing, follow the seam past the first crux and move right into a fun finger crack second crux. The first bolted climb of the crag.

 4  Riverlands | 5.10a/b | 8 bolts 

FFA Colin Shepitka/Marco Foladore 2017

Follow the slab to the right of Lake Effect up the arête, crossing over to the bulging overhanging crack, throw some fun moves with satisfying footwork, easy moves to the top or jam your way up the crack to make things interesting. 

 5  Born From | 5.9 | 5 bolts 

FFA Colin Shepitka 2017

Out of the boat climbing, if you don’t want to traverse, straight up to a ledge into an small run out on a fun layback on a double flake. Note: this route has some loose rock, seconding from top anchors is recommended rather than top-roping other climbers.

 6  Tower That Was | 5.9 | 7 bolts

FFA Colin Shepitka 2017 

FFA on gear Colin Shepitka 2017

On the rock pile right of Born From, start up some textbook finger jams straight up, 4th clip lengthened due to hollow rock. 70 feet.

 7  Bad Water | 5.10b | 4 bolts 

FFA Colin Shepitka 2017 

To the right of the tower at the western edge of the climbable rock at the crag. It is not to the right of 'Tower That Was' but way to the climbers left before any of the other climbs. Scramble up a sketchy ledge to the belay, stick clip the first low bolt, stay on the arête up into a couple hard roof moves out of the crux to the top anchors. Stay out of the dihedral to avoid water and rope catching rock on the arête. 35 feet.

Lake Effect at Raven Lake
Lake Effect
Tower That Was at Raven Lake
Tower That Was
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