Boy Scout Cove Campground

Ruth Lake


Six Rivers National Forest


Six Rivers National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Six Rivers National Forest find a variety of exciting places to explore and beautiful scenery to enjoy. Campers at Boy Scout Cove Campground are on the west 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 Boy Scout Cove Campground 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.

Boy Scout Cove Campground

Boy Scout Cove Campground is on the southeastern shore of Ruth Lake in southern Trinity County, southeast of Eureka. 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 Boy Scout Cove Campground. The campground can be reached via Ruth-Zenia Road from the south or West Bank Road from the north.

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.

Boy Scout Cove Campground has 20 primitive campsites on the west side of the lake for RVs, trailers, and tents. Drinking water and pit toilets are provided, but no showers. A majority of the campsites are lakeside along the shore of the cove. At the head of the cove and adjacent to the campground is a day use area. Campers must register at nearby Ruth Rec Campground before setting up in camp.

Boy Scout Cove Campground Basics
Boy Scout Cove Campground Location: Ruth-Zenia Road on the west side of Ruth Lake
Elevation: 2,655 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: Fortuna - 70 miles
Eureka - 87 miles minutes
Red Bluff - 106 miles
Number of Sites: 20
Open - Closed: Mid-May through mid-September
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (includes trailers and trailered boats)
Pets: on leash, always attended, $2 per day
Maximum of 2 dogs per campsite
Ruth Lake Community Services District: (707) 574-6196

Reservations for Boy Scout Cove Campground
Reservations Reservations are available whenever campground is open.
Maximum RV/trailer Length:
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $20 per night
Weekly and monthly rates are available.
Campground Map: Boy Scout Cove Campground Map
Reservations: (800) 840-9545 or (707) 574-6196
Oct - March call (707) 574-6332
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 12:00 Noon

Boy Scout Cove Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Pit toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: Available at Hobart Creek Campground
Supplies available in - Journey's End store near the Marina
- Mad River Store, 25 miles north on Hwy. 36
- Dinsmore, 21 miles NW on Hwy. 36
Attractions near Boy Scout Cove Campground: 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. Set out for a day hike. 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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