Ruth Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Early mornings can find kayaks skimming across the glassy water surface at Ruth Lake. A hidden secret for outdoor adventurers. This beautiful lake lies nestled amidst a thickly wooded forest of huge ponderosa pines. Ruth Lake is one of my favorite lakes to paddle in Northern California. A special feature of Ruth Lake is it allows boating twenty-four hours a day.
There is an abundance of recreational opportunities at the lake for sailing, windsurfing, mountain climbing, off-road four-wheeling, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding, as well as all types of boating activities. During the summer cool off in the lake on a hot summer day. Keep a lookout for the abundant wildlife. Deer, bears, eagles, osprey are just a few of the wildlife that make this area their home here.
If fishing is your thing, the lake provides excellent fishing opportunities from the shore, or from your kayak. Ruth Lake is rarely crowded due to its out-of-the-way location. It is known mainly for outstanding fishing opportunities for rainbow trout in the winter and spring, but it also offers some good small mouth bass, catfish and occasional kokanee salmon.
Panfish also provides good fishing opportunities during the summer months. The best spot for trout is at the northern end of the lake, from the fall through the spring when the trout are in the upper levels of the lake.
Open: The lake is open daily year-round, though on occasion it snows in this area during the winter. Boating is allowed twenty-four hours a day with running lights at night.
Fees: There isn’t any launch fee at Ruth Lake Marina, but there is a fee to camp and for quagga mussel inspection. There is a free boat launch located two miles south of the dam on Lower Mad River Road.
Lake Facilities: There are three boat launches, kayak and canoe rentals, a full-service marina, swimming, fishing, sailing, power-boating, windsurfing, off-road four-wheeling, jet and waterskiing, and hiking trails. Pets are allowed on a leash.