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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City Wide Clean Up Day


May 21, 2020 has been set as City Wide Cleanup day!

New rules will apply for this cleanup day, due to COVID-19 cross contamination concerns.

Ceanup garbage is to be put in GARBAGE BAGS ONLY!!

NO CARDBOARD BOXES of any type will be picked up!


Emergency Proclamation of the Mayor of Ruthven


By Emergency Proclamation of the Mayor of Ruthven, City Hall will remain locked until further notice due to health concerns and to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19).

Please use the drop box for any transactions with city staff.  If you...

City of Ruthven Accepting Lifeguard Applications


The City of Ruthven is accepting Lifeguard applications until April 1, 2020.  If you are interested in being a lifeguard this summer, fill out a lifeguard application avaiable on this website or at City Hall and return it before April 1, 2020.  There is...