Welcome to Ruthven and Lost Island Lake

Ruthven has its own public swimming pool. The pool has a small slide and private locker/shower rooms. Small concession items are available for purchase. The pool is open from the end of May to the end of August. The swimming pool is part of Centennial Park. The park has playground equipment, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, and a shelter house with picnic tables and is open to the public.

The Ruthven Public Library is a free public library serving the residents of Ruthven and rural Palo Alto County. Everyone is encouraged to have a library card. Visitors can access the library’s catalog via their website as well as the library’s digitized collection of the local newspaper. is the link for the home page of the Ruthven Public Library. Click on the following link to access the login page for the digitized newspapers: Digitized Newspapers

Social Center The Ruthven Social Center was built in 1991 and is available for use for family gatherings, celebrations, community groups, etc. The Social Center has a full kitchen, restroom facilities, and is handicapped accessible. There are tables and chairs within the center. It is available of a first come, first serve basis. The rental fee is $20.00 for Non-Business/Personal events, $50.00 for Business events and Free for Non-Profit Organizations. Please contact city hall at 712.837.5355 to reserve the Social Center.

Ruthven Volunteer Fire Department The Ruthven Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1874 and currently has 22 members. Several of the members hold national certifications in one or more of Firefighter I and II, Instructor I, Hazmat Operations or Technician, Driver/Operator, Officer I, and Inspector I. The members have also had specialized training and certification in Confined Space Rescue, High Angle Rope Rescue, Vehicle Extrication, Farm Equipment Extrication, Grain Bin Rescue, Interior Fire Attack, Emergency Vehicle Operations, and others. They take pride in protecting our community and surrounding area.

Ruthven U.S. Post Office is located at 1202 Gowrie Street. Postmaster Heidi Gellerman is available to assist you at the inside service window Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 12:00pm and 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 9:00 am. If you need assistance by phone, please contact the post office at 712-837-5217.

Ruthven Community Gardens are located at the corner of Gowrie and Carr Streets. The land was donated to the City of Ruthven by Nelson and Doneskey Farms and management of the gardens was taken over by LIRBA two years ago. If you are interested in a garden plot, contact Sharon @ 712-837-4683. Plots are 20 feet x 30 feet and available for use during May through October each year.

Ruthven Landscape Waste Disposal Site is located north of city limits on Gowrie Street. The site is only for Landscape Waste Generated in the City of Ruthven and LISSD. Only the following are allowed; Trees, Tree Trimmings, Branches, Stumps, Brush, Weeds, Leaves, Grass, Shrubbery and Yard Trimmings. NO SOLID WASTE OF ANY KIND. If you have questions about using the landscape waste disposal site, please contact City Hall at 712-837-5355.