A hot day in the summer sun means that sailboats, kayaks, canoes and boats of all varieties are out on the water around Summit County, taking advantage of the many activities available.
- Fight mountain gusts while you try your hands at sailing on Lake Dillon.
- The Green Mountain Reservoir is a great place to water ski or wakeboard.
- Take a tour of Lake Dillon and see the mountain ranges towering above.
- Enjoy the scenery while having a lake barbecue with friends and family.
There are several rivers and two very beautiful and popular lakes that allow boating near Summit County, Colorado. Lake Dillon (near Frisco) and the Green Mountain Reservoir (about 30 miles from Silverthorne) both offer an array of water activities.
Multiple times each summer, the area's best sailors hold a regatta. The sail boats battle each other as well as the mountain winds that make sailing especially challenging. Whether you're participating or watching from the shore, these are must-see events!
Where to go Boating
Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, sailing, cruising, yachting, touring… Lake Dillon is open to nearly all types of boating. With a breathtaking view of Colorado mountain peaks and a healthy assortment of wildlife, this treasure of Summit County is a fabulous place to spend the day.
Bring a map and try to identify the Gore, Ten Mile, and Williams Fork mountain ranges while floating on Lake Dillon's pristine water. Keep your eye out for eagles, hawks and other waterfowl!
Green Mountain Reservoir
If you are looking for a less crowded area and don't mind the drive, the Green Mountain Reservoir is the place to be! Beautiful beaches along the shoreline are great places to spend the whole day, or just stop for lunch.
Make sure to rent water skis and a tube for a full day of activities, or maybe some jet-skis. Whatever your pleasure, be sure to bring sunscreen!
Rentals and Fees
On Lake Dillon, there are marinas in Frisco and Dillon that offer boat rentals and other services.
On the Green Mountain Reservoir, rentals and services may be found in Heeney.
Hire a Guide
If you are an inexperienced boater, consider signing up for a charter, tour or lesson. The gusty mountain winds add an additional challenge, especially to sailors.
Also, a fishing guide will be happy to point out all the hot spots that only locals know!
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