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Rolley Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
Less than an hour drive from Vancouver, Rolley Lake Provincial Park provides a quick escape from urban life.
The park is a predominately flat, wilderness area blanketed with tall, second-growth conifers. The small, warm-water lake provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, and canoeing.
Sixty-four campsites are nestled in the trees just minutes from the lakeshore. Visitors can also enjoy picnicking and short hikes.
Know Before You Go
- When the campground is closed, visitors can walk into the park to use the trails and day-use area, however camping is not permitted when the campground is closed.
- No powerboats or other motorized craft are permitted on the lake.
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: Rolley Lake was named after newlyweds, James and Fanny Rolley who first homesteaded on its shores in 1888 and stayed for 10 years. Since then the area has been the stage for a great deal of activity. In the early 1900s the lake was used as a holding pond for shingle bolts (short logs). A wooden flume sped the bolts 5 km downhill to the Stoltze mill at nearby Ruskin. In the early 1930s, the park area supported a small Japanese-Canadian hand logging operation typical of many that existed throughout the province. If you look closely within the surrounding second growth forest, you may find some of the wooden flumes used to float the bolts, or a plank road of the latter logging days.
- Cultural Heritage: This area was once used by the Sto:lo of the Coast Salish Nation.
- Conservation: The park lies within the wet subzone of the Coastal Western Hemlock biogeoclimatic zone. Typical vegetation in the area includes Douglas-fir, western hemlock, western redcedar, and Pacific silver fir. The west end of Rolley Lake supports a relatively eutrophic fen with sedges, coarse grasses, and other aquatic vegetation.
- Wildlife: The park provides habitat for species including Douglas squirrel, blacktail deer, and pileated woodpecker. Rolley Lake is stocked with Coastal Cutthroat trout and rainbow trout.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Some facilities in the park are wheelchair-accessible. The toilet/shower building in the campground is wheelchair-accessible. There are no wheelchair-accessible trails.
Campfires are permitted in designated fire rings only. While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Please do not move the fire rings from where they are dug into the ground.
Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Pit or Flush Toilets
A sani-station/dump is available April 1 to October 15.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers vehicle-accessible campsites. Rolley Lake is an extremely popular campground, and fills most nights during the summer. You can find photographs and descriptions of all the campsites in the BC Parks reservations system. Maximum two vehicles per campsite (both must register), there is no day parking for extra vehicles within the campgrounds, and no overnight parking for extra vehicles within the park. Campsite reservations are required for all campsites in this park. Camping fees are payable at the park by cash, only. Campers must have a designated sleeping accommodation (RV, camper, tent trailer, RV trailer) on site in order to register.
- Campers with reservations: check the reservation board at the entrance to the campground for your last name/site number, and proceed directly to your reserved campsite. Staff will come by to complete your registration.
- Campers without reservations: locate an unoccupied campsite that does not have a “Reserved” sign, staff will come by to complete your registration. If you cannot locate a vacant campsite, check the reservation board at the campground for campsites that may be available on a one or two-night basis, or check with staff in the park.
Winter camping is available at Rolley Lake Provincial Park (unless park road is closed due to hazardous conditions).
Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not available. An attendant will collect the fee and complete registration on site. Payment is accepted in cash, only.