The recreation area offers two developed family campgrounds, a group camp and group picnic shelters. The group campsite can accommodate up to 50 people for tent camping. It is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets, showers and drinking water are provided.
Group shelters can accommodate up to 150 people. Picnic tables, campfire rings and grills are provided, as well as accessible flush toilets and drinking water. One shelter provides electricity, while the other does not. Each has access to an amphitheater.
All campgrounds and the beach area are closed for the season due to the replacement of the main waterline. Group picnic shelters will be open for reservations beginning July 17th. Based on the State of Ohio COVID-19 maximum group size limit, no more than 10 people will be permitted in picnic shelters. Exceptions: Special events, such as weddings and church gatherings are allowed as long as they are in line with Ohio’s health orders, which include the following guidelines: 6-foot distancing between tables and individuals; no congregating; crowd size limited to 200 people at picnic shelters; masks are recommended when not eating or drinking.
Reservation Cut-Off Window: Reservations must be made 4 days prior to arrival. Any unreserved sites within the 4 day cut-off window are no longer reservable and only available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
State of Ohio Buckeye Pass is not accepted at any Wayne National Forest recreation sites that charges a fee.
The lake sits on Storms Creek, which was dammed in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The rugged hills and rock outcroppings offer a scenic backdrop for this beautiful recreation area. The historic Vesuvius iron furnace is located at the base of the dam.
The closest town is Ironton, Ohio, less than 10 miles from the campground.
Lake Vesuvius is a popular location for swimming and fishing. Anglers may catch bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill. A boat ramp is located on-site. A swimming beach is located at Big Bend.
A large playing field and multiple hiking trails are available within the recreation area. The accessible 1/3-mile boardwalk along the southwest edge of the lake provides an opportunity for a leisurely stroll through the area, and the slightly longer 1/2-mile Longbow Archery Trail, accesses at least 25 field targets for shooting practice. The area boasts more than 25 miles of hiking trails and more than 45 miles of horseback riding trails.
IRONTON RANGER DISTRICT 6518 STATE ROUTE 93 PEDRO OH 45659
For campground inquiries, please call: 740-534-6500
From U.S. Highway 52 at Ironton, take State Route 93 north for less than 10 miles to Lake Vesuvius Road (County Road 29). Turn east toward Lake Vesuvius and travel 1 mile to the recreation area.