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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VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Click on the link below to help Ruthven win a new wrap for the water tower!  VOTE once a day until Oct 11th!


VOTE in "It's In the Water" Video Contest


VOTE for Ruthven’s NEW City Pride Video in the “It’s in the Water” Contest Beginning October 1st

On October 1st Ruthven’s new Community Pride Video will be released to the public and will be included as part of the Iowa State Revolving Fund, One-Of-A-Kind...

July 4th Garbage Pickup day


The Thursday-July 4th garbage pickup day has been changed to Wednesday-July 3rd due to the 4th of July Holiday.