Ruth Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
Ruth 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.
Established Date: August 21, 1959
Park Size: 30 hectares
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.
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.