Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
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Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area

Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area contains a 143 acre lake, two campgrounds, picnic areas, group camping, fishing, boating, hiking and an archery trail. It is named for the historic Vesuvius Iron Furnace and is the Wayne National Forest's premier developed site. This complex is located 6.5 miles north of Ironton, just off State Route 93.

The historic Iron Furnace is located at the base of the dam. In 1939 the narrows of Storms Creek offered a site for this lake, which were dammed by the Civilian Conservation Corp. The rugged hills and out-cropping cliffs provide a scenic backdrop for this historical and beautiful site. The site offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor activities. A variety of trails are offered.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The day use picnic areas, boat dock and hiking trail are open year-round. Camping, picnic shelters, and beach are closed during the winter.
Reservations: Reservations for camping in the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area (Oak Hill and Iron Ridge Campgrounds) can be made by visiting .
Rentals & Guides: Kountry Kayaks is a local vendor who has a Forest Service Outfitter Guide Permit to rent canoes and kayaks from May through September at the Lake Vesuvius Boat Ramp. Contact this vendor for more information.
Open Season: Year-round (Portions closed seasonally)
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Only boats with electric motors are allowed on Lake Vesuvius.
Closest Towns: Ironton
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush (Furnace Area: Apr-Oct) and Vault at Boat Ramp (Year-round)
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). GPS Lat/Long coordinates for the area are 38 deg 36' 38" / 82 deg 38' 06".

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Group Camping

Lake Vesuvius has a group campground that accomodates up to 100 people.

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RV Camping

Two of the campgrounds at Lake Vesuvius accomodate RVs.

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Campground Camping

Vesuvius Recreation Area has four campgrounds for visitors. Each offers a slightly different experience for those who come to stay at the Vesuvius Recreation Area.

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