Lake Vesuvius Campground Host

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The Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area is the Wayne National Forest's premier developed recreation site and is named after the historic Vesuvius Iron Furnace. The rugged hills and out-cropping cliffs provide a scenic backdrop for this historical and beautiful site.

Lake Vesuvius contains a 143- acre lake and is a popular location for swimming and fishing. Anglers may catch bass, trout, 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 open April 15-Dec. 15.

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.

If interested in this volunteer position, please submit a volunteer application by visiting . Search for the position under keyword Wayne National Forest. You can also mail your resume to the attention of Jasmine Facun at Wayne National Forest, Athens Ranger District Unit at 13700 US-HWY 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764.

In exchange for volunteering, camp hosts will receive a free full hookup camp site with electric, water, and sewer. Candidates must provide their own camper trailer or recreational vehicle.

The deadline to apply is January 6th, 2023. If you have any questions, call (740) 270-4445 or email

Start Date - 2023-04-01

End Date - 2023-11-15

Activities include: Campground/Site Host;Campground Maintenance;Conservation Education;General Assistance;Other;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Average

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