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Ruth Lake Provincial Park
About This ParkRuth Lake is a recreational day-use area popular with local residents for fishing and swimming. A grassy area overlooks a small beach. The remainder of the park is undeveloped forest above the lake. This open forest of fir and pine shades large boulders or "erratics," reminders of the great ice sheets of 10,000 years ago.
Special Features: There are erratics and rock outcrops from glacial action that can be viewed in the park.
Please Note: As of January 1, 2003, this park is cooperatively managed by a community, society or other partner. Services and facilities may differ from those offered in other BC Parks.
Established Date: August 21, 1959
Park Size: 30 hectares
Location and MapsPlease Note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: Ruth Lake Provincial Park was designated as a Class "A" park in 1959. It was originally established to address the increasing demand for recreational opportunities in the South Cariboo. The undeveloped portion of the park protects a unique landscape that illustrates the impressive geology of the last ice age.
- Cultural Heritage: This area was home to the Shuswap First Nations and supported their semi-nomadic lifestyle of sustenance hunting, fishing and food gathering. No archaeological sites are known in the park; however, if you find any such sites, remember, it is illegal to damage them or remove artifacts.
- Conservation: This park is within the drier portion of the sub-boreal spruce biogeoclimatic zone of the Cariboo Plateau. This area features moderate to steep slopes blanketed with old growth Douglas-fir veterans dispersed among pine and spruce trees.
- Wildlife: The forest surrounding Ruth Lake is a diverse and important habitat for wildlife such as black bear, mule deer, hawks, songbirds and waterfowl.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF] for Ruth Lake Provincial Park is available in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Canoeing and kayaking are enjoyable activities on Ruth Lake. However, the lake is also used for power boating.
Ruth Lake is a popular spot for fishing for trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
There are no facilities for swimmers. Ruth Lake is very popular with local residents for swimming. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks and no area is roped off for swimming at this park.
People can enjoy waterskiing at Ruth Lake.
Facilities Available at this Park
There is a single-wide rough boat launch ramp that provides access to Ruth Lake.
This park has a day-use/picnic area operated by a local community group. The day-use area is the beach with grassy area, bear proof garbage can and pit toilets. There are no picnic tables.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park only has pit toilets.