Ruth Lake 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.
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.
This park is within the drier portion of the subboreal 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.
The forest surrounding Ruth Lake is a diverse and important habitat for wildlife such as black bear, mule deer, hawks, songbirds and waterfowl.