Ruby Van Deventer County Park was dedicated by the County of Del Norte on July 8, 1967, as a testimony to the many contributions made by Mrs. Ruby Van Deventer over the years. Ruby Van Deventer was the first Del Norte County woman to earn a college degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She co-founded the local Historical Society, was a school teacher for 30 years, and a north coast civic leader all of her adult life. Most notably, Mrs. Van Deventer along with her husband are credited for having cataloged 4,000 plant descriptions and 3,500 plant specimens of Del Norte County.
Ruby Van Deventer County Park is located on Highway 197 (North Bank Road), which connects Highway 101 to Highway 199 in Del Norte County. The 54 acre park stretches a 1/4 mile alongside the wild and undisturbed waters of the Smith River. There are 18 campsites that will accommodate tent campers and small RVs. The park is set amongst a mature stand of redwoods and boasts an unparalleled view and access to the river. The location is great for activities such as swimming, kayaking, and seasonal fishing for trout, steelhead, and salmon. Pets are welcome too, but must remain on a leash.
Campsites $20 per night (includes 2 vehicles), $5 for each additional vehicle
Group Picnic Area $45 per day (must reserve)