|Roche Lake Provincial
Park protects seven small lakes that are stocked with rainbow trout,
and known for their world-class rainbow trout fishing. This 2,041-hectare
park is situated on the Thompson Plateau, and encompasses small stands
of old-growth Douglas fir.
The park provides important habitat for waterfowl, perching birds
moose, and black bears. Other wildlife found in the park are mule
deer, white-tailed deer, and birds such as the Canada goose, mallard,
common snipe, vesper sparrow and mountain bluebird.
A variety of
recreational activities are available year round, including camping,
wildlife viewing and fishing. There are many informal trails throughout
the park that are suitable for hiking, mountain biking and horseback
riding. Informal unset trails are used for cross-country skiing,
snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Ice fishing and Ice skating is available
in the park during winter.
There are three
rustic campgrounds located on two of the lakes at the 2,041-hectare
park; Roche Lake North (8 sites), Roche Lake West
(21 sites) and Horseshoe Lake (4 sites). Picnic tables and
pit toilets are available at each campground, as well as undeveloped
boat launches suitable for launching small boats.
Roche Lake North is quite open and is suitable for group camping.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, beside the
small lakes in the eastern part of the park. Reservations are not
accepted at this park. All campsites are on a first-come, first-served
basis, and visitors are expected to practice “no trace” camping.
Lakes situated within the park are Roche Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Rose
lake, Tulip Lake, Black Lake, Bog Lake, Ernest Lake, Indian Lake,
John Frank Lake, Frisken lake, and Bulman Lake. Only Roche Lake
and Horseshoe Lake are served by maintained gravel roads.
Roche Lake Provincial
Park is located 23 miles (36 km) southeast of Kamloops. Access
is via a gravel road from Highway 5A at the north end of Trapp Lake.