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Roche Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
Seven world-class stocked rainbow trout lakes, only two of which are served by maintained gravel roads, on the Thompson Plateau. The park includes rustic campsites that are located on Horseshoe Lake and Roche Lake.
This is a year-round recreation area, noted for camping, hunting, wildlife viewing, fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Established Date: April 30, 1996
Park Size: 2,027 hectares
Know Before You Go
- The park is natural habitat for black bears. Campers must keep all food in vehicles and deposit garbage in bear-proof garbage cans.
As of August 29, 2013, the backcountry of Roche Lake Provincial Park has multiple hazard trees that pose a potential safety risk. Camping outside of managed campgrounds is not recommended at this time. For more information, contact BC Parks at 250 371-6200.
- A pay telephone is available at Roche Lake Resort, which is located on the same gravel road that is used to access the park, just follow the signs.
Location and Maps
Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: Established April 30, 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan.
- Conservation: The park protects a series of world-class recreational trout fishing lakes in a plateau setting, and encompasses small stands of old-growth interior Douglas-fir forest, highly productive habitat for moose, waterfowl and perching birds.
- Wildlife: Black bear, moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer and birds such as the Canada goose, mallard, common snipe, vesper sparrow and mountain bluebird all make their home in the park.
- Management Planning Information
- The approved Roche Lake Provincial Park Management Plan [PDF 1.32MB] was approved in May 2013.
Activities Available at this Park
Lakes are stocked with rainbow trout. This is a world-class rainbow trout fishing area. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Ice fishing is sometimes available. Ensure that ice is safe before attempting this activity because aeration is used in some of the lakes to prevent winter kill.
The Freshwater Fishing Society provides more information on fishing at Roche Lake.
Pets on Leash
Swimming is available in this park.
There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
There are many informal unset trails for cross-country skiing and for snowshoeing. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails.
There are many informal trails for snowmobiling. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails.
Ice skating is available in this park. Ensure that ice is safe before attempting this activity because aeration is used in some of the lakes to prevent winter kill.
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis; campsite reservations are not accepted.
There are three rustic campgrounds; Roche Lake North (8 sites), Roche Lake West (21 sites) and Horseshoe Lake (4 sites).
As of August 29, 2013, the backcountry of Roche Lake Provincial Park has multiple hazard trees that pose a potential safety risk.
Camping outside of managed campgrounds is not recommended at this time. For more information, contact BC Parks at 250 371-6200.