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Wayne National Forest ready to reopen campgrounds

NELSONVILLE — The Wayne National Forest will open the Oakhill and Iron Ridge campgrounds at the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area for the season on April 23.

The campgrounds near Pedro, Ohio, will remain open through at least July 11 before closing to replace a damaged waterline. Big Bend Beach will remain closed for the entire 2021 season.

Due to ongoing maintenance projects the campgrounds will operate without running water. Campground guests will instead have access to portable restrooms, handwashing stations and non-potable water at the dumping station.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the Wayne National Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/wayne throughout the summer as the campgrounds may remain open beyond July 11, according to Tim Slone, Ironton District ranger.

“Our goal for this season is to provide campers with a fun and comfortable stay,” Slone said. “We know that camping at Lake Vesuvius is an enjoyable summer experience for many people from both in and out of state, and we’re doing our best to continue to provide that service.”

Campsites will be available by reservation at www.recreation.gov. Cost is $20 per night.

The campgrounds remained closed for much of the 2020 season due to ongoing breaks and leaks in a 5.7-mile waterline that supplies potable water to the recreation facilities at Lake Vesuvius.

“As construction progresses, we’ll be able to determine if it’s possible to keep the campgrounds open past July 11,” said Slone. “Our goal is consistency, and right now, we’re confident we can keep the campgrounds open until mid-July and provide services like portable toilets and water for the dumping station to make the stay a comfortable, worthwhile experience.”

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