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North Vancouver’s Rice Lake

Rice Lake in North Vancouver

Rice Lake is a beautiful lake for fishing and walking around in North Vancouver. It is close to the Seymour Demonstration Forest and Lynn Canyon Park.

Rice Lake on Vancouver’s North Shore

Accessed by hiking from the Seymour Demonstration Forest parking lot (at the end of Lillooet Road, up past Capilano University) or the trails starting at the top of Lynn Valley Road, Rice Lake is part of a natural wonderland region that includes Lynn Canyon Park (with its Suspension Bridge) and Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

Rice Lake Dock

Rice Lake Fishing

Rice Lake is a good lake to fish from in the spring and fall. Boating of any kind isn’t permitted on the lake, but there is a great dock structure that is popular to fish from, and some people will cast from the shore.

The daily quota for the lake is two rainbow trout. After you catch and keep two, you need to catch and release the rest.

Tips and Advice

Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your visit to Rice Lake.

TIP #1: The best time for fishing at Rice Lake is in the spring and fall, which is when the lake gets stocked with fishable-sized rainbow trout.

TIP #2: Make sure you have a fresh water fishing license, unless you are under 16 and a resident of BC, as there are fines if you don’t. If you are over 16 you need a license which costs between about $36 and $80 for the period of April 1 to March 31 depending on your residency, or $10-20 for a one-day license. For more information, or to buy a license online, click BC Fishing Licenses.

Rice Lake in August

Rice Lake Hiking Trails

Rice Lake is a perfect place for leisurely hikes. A fairly level trail goes right around the lake and makes for an enjoyable (and easy) walk that will take up to about an hour.

Rice Lake is beautiful throughout the year as the forest trees are mostly coniferous, so they don’t lose their leaves.

In the summer the walks around the lake are nice and cool as there is lots of shade, and in the winter, unlike Vancouver’s many parks with deciduous trees, the scenery is never bleak. It’s a stunning place 365 days of the year, or at least when it’s not pouring rain.

In addition to the gravel trail around Rice Lake itself, there are dozens of other trails in the area. Dogs and bicycles are permitted on some of the trails, but not the one that goes around the lake.

Click Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Map for a map of the area.

View from Bench at Rice Lake