Lake Vesuvius


2.80 out of 5
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Campground Description

The Vesuvius Recreation Area, named for the old Vesuvius iron furnace, is the Wayne National Forest's premier developed site. This 143 acre complex is located 6.5 miles north of Ironton, just off State Route 93.An historic iron furnace is located at the base of the dam. The narrows of Storms Creek offered a site for this lake, which was dammed in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corp. The rugged hills and out-cropping cliffs offer a scenic backdrop for this historical and beautiful site.The facility offers a variety of activities and is open year-round. We encourage you to visit this superb resource on the Wayne.
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Posted by: Jeff Barber on January 4, 2006
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    Campground Activities

    Swimming Beach is open Fridays 1-9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. A $3/car parking fee is charged (Golden passport discounts do not apply).Boat Rentals are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Includes paddleboats, canoe, and Jon boats; prices below. At least one person in the group must be 16 years of age with a valid state drivers license.

    Campground Amenities

    There are two family campgrounds and one group campground. All sites have tables, fire rings, and tent pads. Water, garbage containers, and restrooms are located throughout the campgrounds. There are no sewer hookups, but a dump station is open May-September. The campgrounds open April 15.

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    Reviews of Lake Vesuvius

    Reviewed by tracyd71 on July 25, 2012

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    Love this place, there is alot to do (fishing, hiking, swimming, boating) the only problem is you have to drive to everything or you could ride a bike, but the hills are killer.
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    Reviewed by Asawa on October 23, 2011

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    So the family and I went here this past weekend and I have to say it was not all that great. The first problem is the map of the campsites is not correct. There were two trailers and we were supposed to be together according to the map, when we get there the numbers did not match the diagram. Our sites were about a 1/2 mile apart. Secondly, the latrines need upgraded, a lot! Some electricity in them would be nice to start and taking a dump in an outhouse is not a good experience. Finally, we were supposed to have a water hook up and there was not one, it was across the street. As for the sites themselves, well not too bad, easy to level your trailer because of the pads and the sites are fairly close together which is good for multiple friends camping together. If you are taking kids, they are going to be bored out of their minds, nothing for them to do. Lastly, how about putting some showers in the camp, camping for two days can leave you smelling, well not so nice. If you like to "rough it" and smell horrible for the weekend, this place is for you. If you prefer to have the outdoors and a shower, well choose somewhere else. Will never camp here again, ever.
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    Reviewed by sml3 on July 13, 2008

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    This place is not for kids. There is nothing but a swimming pool and a club house with games. The owner locks it up at around 9:30- 10:00 and will not let anyone in it. The kids cant even walk around the park after 10:00. She also spys on the camp sites if you so much as make a small noise. That was on the 4th of july weekend. this place gets shut down at 10:00 pm. thats it.
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    Reviewed by Guest on May 16, 2007

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    It's an ok campground, but I wouldn't rate it as one of the 100 best. The sites are close together and there's not a lot of privacy. It sits on top of a hill and there isn't really a lot of places to ride a bike. The way some of the sites are situated it's also impossible to have your awning out and use the fire pit. The bath houses could use and upgrade, as they are starting to show age. It's a good value for the cost though.
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    Reviewed by Guest on April 28, 2007

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    Campsites very close to each other. Seems clean enough. Fishing is not good because of recent upgrading of the dam.
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