Lake Dillon is a beautiful reservoir in Summit County, Colorado, right off of I-70. It has roughly 26 miles of shoreline, and beautiful mountain views in every direction. Many people come to this area in the winter for skiing and snowboarding. But Lake Dillon offers a variety of wonderful activities all year long.
1. Sailing Lessons
Yes, you can take sailing lessons in Colorado! It is a common and rather beautiful site to watch the sails floating across the lake, with the Rockies as a backdrop.
Colorado isn’t typically known for its lake fishing, but Lake Dillon has large Rainbow trout, Brown Trout and Kokanee salmon. You can fish from the shore, rent a boat, hire a guide or there are several launch ramps if you bring your own boat. In the winter, you can also try ice fishing. Dress for the weather! And remember to purchase a valid Colorado fishing license.
3. SUP and Kayaking
Stand up Paddle boarding, or SUP, has become a popular water activity in recent years. It seems like it might be difficult to balance, but the boards are wide and it is actually pretty easy to learn. Lake Dillon offers a beautiful place to experience lake kayaking or SUP, and rentals are available at both Frisco and Dillon marinas. It can be incredibly relaxing to be out on the lake with your board or kayak, surrounded by mountains. The water is usually the calmest in mornings and evenings.
Summit County has a fantastic interconnected recreational pathway, including a fun and scenic 18-mile ride that circles Lake Dillon. Expect some hills, but overall it's not as strenuous as you might expect in the mountains. The path does follow roads for part of the way. If you're not up for any major hills, the section between Frisco and Dillon is one of the easier stretches and still offers great views.
5. Lakeside Music
During the summer months, The Frisco Bay Marina hosts the Island Grill Restaurant right on the shores of Lake Dillon. On Friday evenings they offer live music. Dillon Marina also has the local favorite, Pug Ryan's Lakeside Tiki Bar. The Tiki Bar is located right in the marina, with gorgeous views of the lake and the mountains. On Friday and Saturday evenings you can catch a free concert at the amphitheater.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Frisco and the surrounding area. Be sure to come see us and pick up a Colorado memento from your trip.