Heading east from Red Bluff on scenic Hwy 36 you’ll find Ruth Lake. At an elevation of 2,650 ft., the lake remains at 90-100% capacity year-round, even in times of drought. The area also presents excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. There are over 200 species of birds in the area; ospreys and bald eagles nest in spring and remain throughout the summer and into fall. On the shoreline look for bears, herds of deer, and gaggles of wild turkeys that roam the ponderosa pine and fir forest surrounding the lake. For water sports enthusiasts, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing and jet skiing will keep you busy, and the warm water is great for swimming. Rent boats at the full service marina.
The annual Ruth Lake Bass Fishing Derby takes place the first weekend in May and there are several other annual events at Ruth that draw crowds from all over the country and coastal areas, including Ruth’s Summer Festival and the Ruth Rodeo. Several campgrounds on the east side accommodate tents, RVs and trailers, as well as group camping. The marina and campground do close in the wintertime, so check the website or call for more information.