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Overnight Camping
Ruth Lake is surrounded by seven picturesque campgrounds, providing its visitors with a variety of amenities. Below is a short list of facilities and a link to each campground’s map. (Mad River, Fir Cove and Bailey Canyon are USFS campgrounds. Please visit the USFS website for information about these campgrounds.)

Reservations for all camping locations, Please Call 800-840-9545 or 707-574-6196

Ruth Rec Campground View Map

  • 96 sites; year round lake access
  • Boat launch ramp
  • Courtesy dock
  • Kayak / canoe rentals
  • Coin operated showers, flush toilets
  • Family oriented
  • Camp store

Hobart Creek View Map

  • 23 sites; upper end of lake
  • Coin operated showers, flush toilets

Barlow Group Camp View Map

  • Showers and flush toilets
  • Full kitchen available
  • Great for family reunions, weddings, large groups

Boy Scout Cove View Map

  • 20 sites; lake access
  • Primitive; pit toilets

Day Use
Old Ruth, Sheriff’s Cove and Blue Slide are the Lake’s Day Use areas - open from 8am to 8pm. These picnic sites are perfect for a day’s simple getaway or an early morning fishing trip. And all offer easy access to Ruth Lake!

Sheriff’s Cove

  • Day use/picnic area
  • Public dock
  • Pit privacy

Old Ruth

  • Day use/picnic area
  • Group BBQ site
  • Public dock
  • Pit privy
  • Launch ramp for local boats

Boat Inspections
for Quagga and Zebra Mussels
Campground staff are available to provide inspections (required).
- What You Need to Launch Your Boat in Ruth Lake
- Stop Potential Damage to Ruth Lake caused by these mussels