Ruthven Pool is in need of lifeguards.  Please apply at city hall. 837-5355 [more...]


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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Kids Fishing Derby

Palo Alto Co. Nature Center is having a "Kids Fishing Derby" Saturday June 1, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.  Kids 15 and under are elegable to fish. 

The Ruthven-Ayrshire Little League is holding a FUNDRAISER MEAL on Thursday - May 30th at the Ruthven Fire Station from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  


Pool Opening Soon!

Ruthven Pool OPENING DAY is Saturday - JUNE 1st at 1:00 p.m. 

Recent News

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(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...

Pool Family Passes with Grant

(3/15/2019) If your family received an eligibility letter for the reduced prices family season pool pass, get into city hall soon! Passes are flying out the door.  :) You must bring in the eligibility letter and the $20.00 fee to get signed up. Summer is right ...