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. 

Upcoming Events

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Northern Plains Collection Center will be in Ruthven for Household Hazardous Waste collection.  Please call City Hall at 712-837-5355 to make an appointment to delever your hazardous waste to the trailer. 

Bully Bullhead Weekend will be held this year from Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th.  Look under the Bully Bullhead Weekend tab to find the Schedule of Events and other information regarding the fun weekend! 

Junk Pick-Up Day around the Lake.  Saturday June 22.  Meet at the Lost Island Corner Store for coffee and rolls at 7:30 a.m.  Refrigerators, washers, dryers and other large appliances are $15.00 each.  You must have a tag on the unit.

Recent News

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Swimming Lessons June 17th to June 21st

(6/5/2019) Sign Up Now for Swimming Lessons!! Lessons this year are being held the week of June 17th to June 21st.  Cost is $25 per child if a member , $35 a child if not a member and $45 per child for private lessons.   Levels 5 & 6 at 9-10 am, L...


(5/24/2019) The baby wading pool has been repaired and up and running for this swimming season.  Make sure to bring your little ones to play in the wading pool! 

Hiring Lifeguards

(5/23/2019) Ruthven Pool is looking to fill 3 more Lifeguard postions for the 2019 Season.  Please let anyone you know that may want to be or is already a lifeguard know and have them come into city hall to fill out the application.  Application is also avail...