Roche Lake BC

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    Roche Lake and surrounding lakes are world-class trout fishing lakes located 36 kms southeast of Kamloops off hwy 5A. There are three fcfs campgrounds (no reservations) RL North, RL West and close-by Horseshoe Lake providing about 100 campsites. Access to RL West and Horseshoe is on poorly maintained gravel road. The campgrounds have pit toilets but no potable water. Firewood was not available so bring your own. The layout of the campgrounds is not typical with dedicated sites since there are many self-made spots identified by rock fire rings. Otherwise there are several locations with iron ring fire pits and picnic tables on concrete pads (some needing repair). In May and June there is heavy usage because of the famous rainbow trout fishing. We were there last weekend when typical August usage is under 20% because fishing is poor.
    At RL North between the road and shoreline is quite steep and open with only scrub trees here and there. When we arrived at RL West we were very surprised to find only six other campers (our preferred campground of the three). We had 3 nights with wonderful weather and the call of a loon. Our site was about 75 feet from lake shore with spindly fir trees between – very serene. Even with the tree canopy providing nice shade, the solar panel maintained battery power nicely. The extensive bare ground areas and roads are very dusty so you come home facing cleaning chores but well worth the trip.
    We like to explore back country roads and on this trip we encountered a great deal of logging just outside the provincial park boundary. We also drove through the high ranching country referred to as Empire of Grass along Jackson Rd to Dropping Water Rd then out to hwy 5A north of Stump Lake on Long Lake Rd. Photos are at www.photobucket.com/rochelake
     

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