Barlow Group Camp

Ruth Lake


Six Rivers National Forest


Six Rivers National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Six Rivers National Forest find a variety of wonderful places to explore and things to do. Campers at Barlow Group Camp are on the shore of Ruth Lake in southern Trinity County.

Ruth Lake Events

  • Ruth Lake Bass Tournaments in early May and early June
  • Kids' Free Fishing Derby in May
  • Annual Ruth Lake Summer Festival on Labor Day weekend
  • Ruth Lake Events

Six Rivers National Forest

  • Head out mountain biking on the Barry Creek Trail.
  • Fish along the Eel River and the Van Duzen River.
  • Hike along any of more than a dozen great trails in the area such as Bailey Canyon Campground Trail, Lost Creek Trail, and Devils Backbone Trail.
  • Have some fun on some OHV trail rides such as the Barry Creek Trail, Devils Backbone Trail, and Skull Camp Trail.
  • Fish, raft, and kayak along the Salmon River, designated as a Scenic and Recreational River. Take advantage of the Ti Bar River Access.
  • Saddle up for trail rides from the Bell Swamp Trail, Graveyard Prairie Trail, Oregon Creek Trail, and a dozen others.
  • Get your thrills river rafting on the On the Klamath River with an experienced rafting company: River Country Rafting, Klamath River Rafting

Nearby Campgrounds

Ruth Lake Campgrounds


Six Rivers National Forest Campgrounds


Trinity River Campgrounds


Key Barlow Group Camp Regulations

  1. Quiet Hours extend from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  2. Keep food and scented items in a secure place so that bears cannot get to them.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  4. Fires are only allowed in provided fire rings.
  5. To prevent the spread of invasive pests, obtain firewood locally.

Barlow Group Camp

Barlow Group Camp is off Mad River Road in southern Trinity County, 1 mile south of Ruth Lake. The lake is operated by the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. Ruth Lake Community Services District manages many of the recreation facilities around the lake, including Barlow Group Camp.

Seven-mile-long Ruth Lake was formed by a dam on the Mad River. The lake is popular with boaters, water skiers, anglers, and swimmers. Visitors enjoy warm summers and cool springs and falls. Facilities at the lake include a marina with boat rentals, a store, and two boat ramps. Boat Inspections are required before being launched into the lake.

Barlow Group Camp is a single site for groups. Equestrian groups have often used the camp as a base for trail rides in the area. The camp can be rented with a complete kitchen or without. Campers will find hot showers, restrooms with flush toilets, and potable water. For horses, the camp includes corrals, manure bins, and watering troughs.

Barlow Group Camp Basics
Barlow Group Camp Location: Off Mad River Road, 9 miles south of the dam
Elevation: 2,660 feet
Mileage and driving times from gateway cities: Fortuna - 69 miles, 1:51
Eureka - 87 miles, 2:03 minutes
Red Bluff - 94 miles, 2:02
Number of Sites: 1
Open - Closed: Mid-April through October
Max. People per Site: Not specified
Vehicles per Site: Not specified
Pets: on leash, always attended, $2 per day
Maximum of 2 dogs per campsite
Ruth Lake Community Services District: (707) 574-6196

Reservations for Barlow Group Camp
Reservations Reservations are available whenever campground is open.
Maximum RV/trailer Length:
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: Without kitchen Monday through Thursday - $200 (with kitchen $250)
Without kitchen Friday through Sunday and holidays - $400 (with kitchen $450)
Reservations: (800) 840-9545 or (707) 574-6196
Oct - March call (707) 574-6332
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 12:00 Noon

Barlow Group Camp Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire ring with grills; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, corrals, watering troughs
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Available at Hobart Creek Campground
Supplies available in - Journey's End store near the Marina
- Ruth Store, 3 miles south
- Dinsmore, 22 miles NW on Hwy. 36
Attractions near Barlow Group Camp: Equestrians and hikers alike can take the historic Ruth-Hayfork trail which connects the Barlow Camp to others in the area such as the South Fork National Recreation Trail. Fish Ruth Lake for rainbow trout, large & smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. Rent fishing boats at the marina. Waterski and wakeboard on the lake. Enjoy a meal at Journey's End Diner. The Bailey Vista and Lakeview trails start from Fir Cove, and the Picket Peak Trail starts from Bailey Canyon.

Ruth Lake Campground Map< Trinity County, CA

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate. At campgrounds with many accessible sites, campers are often asked to choose other sites unless all other sites are full. In those cases, accessible sites may be available for general use.


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