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Rolley Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
October 9, 2018: Rolley Lake Campground closed for the season
Rolley Lake Campground is closed for the winter. Visitors may walk into the park, but overnight camping is not permitted. Winter camping is available nearby at Golden Ears Provincial Park – please see the Golden Ears web page for further information. Rolley Lake Campground will reopen on April 1, 2019.
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.
Established Date: February 3, 1961
Park Size: 115 hectares
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates: (campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)||March 31 – October 9 (campground is closed during the off-season)|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||March 31 – October 9|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 12 – September 3|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||64|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable: (all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)||100% reservable|
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.|
Know Before You Go
No powerboats or other motorized craft are permitted on the lake.
Location and Maps
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
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
Vehicle Accessible Camping
- 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.