Big Bend Swimming Beach

Area Status: Closed

The Big Bend Swimming Beach is located at the upper end of scenic Lake Vesuvius. In addition to a sandy beach and shallow swimming area, the recreation site includes picnic tables, bathrooms, an outdoor shower, foot wash station, drinking water, and access to the Lakeshore Trail. No lifeguards are present at the beach. Big Bend Swimming Beach is open seasonally from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day.

Big Bend Swimming Beach is a fee area. Each vehicle must pay a $3 fee to enter the day-use area. Entry is free with a valid America the Beautiful Pass.

The Big Bend Swimming Beach is located in the Ironton Ranger District of the Wayne National Forest. The Wayne National Forest is part of the Forest Service, a Federal agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture that manages national forests and grasslands for multiple uses.

Bath house and beach at Vesuvius bath house and beach with lake in background

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Daily
Fees: A $3 per car entry fee is charged. Entry is free with a valid America the Beautiful Pass.
Open Season: Spring - Fall
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Ironton
Water: Drinking water is available.
Restroom: Bathrooms with flush toilets
Operated By: Ironton Ranger District, 6518 SR 93, Pedro, OH 740-534-6500

General Information


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). Turn at the entrance to the recreation area to the left and go past the lake and the boat dock. The beach is at the end of this road approximately 1.5 mile. GPS Lat/Long coordinates for the area are 38 deg 37' 12" / 82 deg 37' 43".

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Sand Play

The swimming beach has a sand beach and is open every day during the summer months.

Fees: $3/car
Difficulty Level: Easy


Swimming is allowed in the designated swimming area.

Clothing Requirements Clothing required

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