Leith Run Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Leith Run Recreation Area

Leith Run Campground provides a beautiful location on the Ohio River, where grassy campsites and picnic areas make for a comfortable getaway in the Wayne National Forest. The campground is equipped with modern conveniences like flush toilets and electricity. This fully accessible facility offers a variety of recreation activities.

There are now several no-mow zones and plantings of native shrubs to increase bird habitat and make the landscape more sustainable.

Additional Resources

Leith Run Recreation Area Brochure

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Leith Run Recreation Areas remains closed until the Spring due to flooding.
Operational Hours: The campground is open 24-hours a day. The day use area is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Reservations: Make reservations by visiting http://www.recreation.gov. Check for when reservations begin and end. Openings before and after reservation dates are on a first come-first-serve basis.
Fees Camping fees:  
  • $21/night for electric sites
  • $15/night for tent sites (no electricity).
  • Senior Pass or Golden Age and Access Pass or Golden Access Passports allow a 50 percent discount on single campsites.
Shelter rental fees:
  • Group Shelters are $55 per day.
  • There is no discount for Interagency passes or Golden passports given on shelter rentals. 
Open Season: Friday, April 13, 2018 - Sunday, October 14, 2018
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Newport, OH
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Marietta Unit, Athens Ranger District, 27750 State Route 7, Marietta, OH 45750 740-373-9055
Information Center: In 2018, the campground opens Friday, April 13 and closes Monday, October 15.  The last night to camp would be Sunday, October 14.

General Information

Directions: 18 miles north of Marietta on State Route 7; GPS Lat/Long coordinates for the area are 39 deg 26' 28" / 81 deg 09' 03".

Recreation Map

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River and Stream Fishing

Shoreline fishing for the Ohio River. A boat ramp is also available which accesses the Willow Island pool.
Accessible PlatformAn accessible pier is available.
Fishing PlatformShore or an accessible fishing pier
Fish Specieslargemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, sauger, hybrid stripers, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, flathead catfish, walleye, and freshwater drum
Cleaning StationNone
Special DesignationsSome fish found in the Ohio River are covered under a fish consumption advisory.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Estuary Fishing

A backwater estuary from the Ohio River snakes along this popular recreation area. A paved trail and a boardwalk with a gazebo offer not only wildlife viewing opportunities but also an opportunity to access this estuary and wetland area.
Accessible Platformgazebo
Cleaning StationNone
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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