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Ruth Reservoir

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Six Rivers National Forest
Highway 36
Star Route, Box 300
Bridgeville, CA 95526



Ruth Reservoir is a seven-mile long reservoir located in the southern portion of Trinity County. The reservoir was formed by the damming of the Mad River in 1962, and has served both as a functional supplier of water to Humboldt County and a recreational area for fisherman, boaters, water skiers and swimmers alike. The reservoir lies in calm, beautiful surroundings of hills covered by Ponderosa pine and white fir. The reservoir sits at an elevation of 2,654 feet, which affords cool winters, warm summers, and amazing springs and falls.

Off the beaten path, approximately 70 miles from Eureka, Ruth Reservoir can be especially appreciated for its rainbow trout, and bass fishing, offering a marina and two boat ramps for your convenience. All facilities are located on Mad River Road off of Highway 36.


Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Black Crappie
Rainbow Trout


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Centered between Eureka (70 miles away) and Red Bluff (96 miles away) on highway 36, Ruth Reservoir can be approached from the west or east.

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