City of Ruthven... Come for a Visit, Stay for a Lifetime

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1607 Rolling St
Ruthven, IA 51358
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"Small-town living at its finest!" Located in Palo Alto County in northwest Iowa on Highway 18, Ruthven is a quaint town with about 770 residents. Founded in 1884, Ruthven has been called the "Hub of the Wetlands" since five lakes are located within 10 miles of the community. Four miles north of town, Lost Island Lake offers visitors and residents a swimming beach, campground, cafe, resorts, public boat launches and beautiful hiking trails.

Ruthven residents are proud of their K-12 public school, a well-kept public park and swimming pool, a public library, fire department, five churches, and a community care facility that has assisted- and independent-living units. Ruthven celebrates "Bully Bullhead Weekend" annually on the weekend following July 4th. The event includes a parade, a tractor ride, a kid's carnival, athletic tournaments, and of course, the bullhead fishing tournament. 

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Recycling Pickup Date Change


Due to New Years Day Holiday, Ruthven recycling pickup will be done on Thursday - January 2, 2020.  

Thank you for participating in the city recycling program!

Ruthven City Hall Holiday Closings


Ruthven City Hall will CLOSE at NOON on Christmas Eve and also will be CLOSED ALL DAY both Christmas Day and New Years Day. 

We hope you and your familes have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Ruthven Snow Parking


Effective Nov 1 thru April 1 there will be NO PARKING on all City Streets or Alleys from 12:00 AM to 7:00 AM during a Snow Event (Prediction of 2" of Snow) and continuing for 24 hrs. after.  If cars are not removed from streets, Citations will be...