Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area

Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area

The Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area location is in Pedro, Ohio
45659. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

Ironton Ranger District
6518 State Route 93

Phone number


Campground information Pedro, Ohio


Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area, named for the old Vesuvius iron furnace, is the Wayne National Forest’s premier developed recreation site. The 143-acre lake and 1,200-acre complex provides the perfect spot for a getaway.


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.


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.

Natural Features

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.

Nearby Attractions

The closest town is Ironton, Ohio, less than 10 miles from the campground.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ironton Ranger District Pedro, OH

How do I make a reservation with Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area?

To make reservations at Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area, you can call the office at 740-534-6500.

Where is Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area located?

The Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area is located at Ironton Ranger District 6518 State Route 93 in Pedro,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area have tent or RV camping?

Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 740-534-6500 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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