One of today’s shining jewels in Summit County is Lake Dillon. In the 1800’s, it was a sleepy town, consisting of trading posts and cabins. In 1960, the Denver Water Board started construction of a reservoir on the site of the original town of Dillon.
Always resourceful, the people of Summit County saw the opportunity to create a unique recreation area. Today there are two active marinas that make their home on Lake Dillon.
Dillon Marina is located on the east side of the lake and is home to the Dillon Yacht Club. At just over 9,000 feet, it’s the highest yacht club in North America. You can rent almost any type of boat. If you’re not an experienced sailor, instruction and crews are available to help. Frisco Marina, located on the lake’s west side, is a full service marina, featuring canoe, kayak, and stand up paddle board rentals. Both marinas have bars and grills overlooking both the water and the Ten Mile Range.
Lake Dillon itself is surrounded by campgrounds, great hiking trails, bike paths and scenic overlooks.The secluded shoreline provides great fishing spots for the brown and rainbow trout that are resident there. Open from early summer to early fall, Lake Dillon is wonderful place to explore, don’t forget your camera.