Lake Vesuvius Picnic Areas - Roadside Shelter

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This day use picnic shelter has a 125 person capacity. It is located along the road near the historic Vesuvius Furnace and Lake Vesuvius Dam. The shelter is equipped with water, grills, and picnic tables. It is close to hiking trails. There is no electricity at this shelter.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open during daylight hours from Friday, April 5, 2019 through Sunday, October 27, 2019.
Reservations: Reservations may be made by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or online at
Fees $42 per day. 
Open Season: January through December
Usage: Light
Restrictions: The picnic shelter is available by reservation. To make the reservation call toll-free NRRS at 1-877-444-6777. (NRRS charges a reservation fee.) If not reserved shelters may be used first come first serve at $50/day.
Closest Towns: Ironton
Water: Drinking Water available April 1st through October 31st.
Restroom: Flush toilets. Closed in winter months. Closest toilet in winter at boat ramp.
Operated By: Ironton Ranger District, 6518 SR 93, Pedro, OH 740-534-6500

General Information

Directions: Located 6.5 miles north of Ironton, Ohio, just off State Route 93. Turn on County Road 29 and follow the signs to the Recreation Area (1 mile). The shelterhouse is just past the main entrance to the recreation area on the left just past the lake. You will have gone past the furnace, the other picnic area and you'll see a parking lot and the Roadside shelter on the left.

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