Boating: The ramp at Dillon Marina is unusable for most motorized craft at water elevation 8,971 feet; for Frisco Bay Marina, 9,009 feet. Fishing boats, sailboats, kayaks and canoes can be rented at area shops. Sailboat tours originate from Dillon Marina. Canoe tours, rental canoes and fishing boats launch at Frisco Bay Marina, which also houses the Frisco Rowing Center.
Fishing: Below the dam, the state designated the Blue River as Gold Medal waters. Check Colorado Parks and Wildlife for special regulations above the reservoir. Ice fishing when conditions permit.
Camping: Nearly 350 designated sites for tents, pickup campers, RVs and trailers. All campgrounds have a drinking water supply. Most are provided by U.S. Forest Service; reserve at 1-877-444-6777.
Hiking and biking: Enjoy more than seven paved miles of the Summit County system. The Sapphire Point trail follows a half-mile path to the overlook. The Old Dillon Reservoir trail connects to the lake which supplied drinking water for the old town.
Scenic overlooks: See the dramatic backdrop of the Gore, Williams Fork and Ten Mile mountain ranges.
Waterfowl hunting: Allowed in the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area boundaries strictly in accordance with all applicable regulations.
Cross-country skiing: The Frisco Nordic Ski area provides a cross-country ski trail system and ski rentals.
Special events: Marinas host regattas and other events, fireworks highlight the Fourth of July and Frisco hosts winter Gold Rush activities. The Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee requires permits for all special events and commercial activities; call Summit County at 970-668-4213.
- From Denver, take Interstate 70 through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Dillon.
- To access Dillon Marina: Take Silverthorne exit 205 to Highway 6. Take Highway 6 to Dillon. Follow the signs to the marina.
- To access Frisco Bay Marina: Take Frisco exit 203 to Highway 9. Take Highway 9 to Main Street and turn left (east) to the marina.
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