The adrenaline pumping, rough and tumble whitewater of the Blue River or the beautiful lake scenery of Lake Dillon are just some of the options waiting for paddlers in Summit County.
- Hone paddling skills at the state's longest kayak park in Breckenridge, complete with 15 water features.
- Experience the drops of the Blue River whitewater with rapids appropriate for all skill levels.
- Take a canoe out for a picnic on the lake to appreciate the towering mountains and surrounding nature of the area.
Kayaking or canoeing is an incredible way to see Summit County. Depending on your mood, take advantage of the quiet calm of the water for peaceful reflection or drop into raging whitewater that demands skillful handling of your boat. Either way, make sure to take a picnic lunch, pull over on a grassy spot, and enjoy the mountains and scenery surrounding you.
Where to go Kayaking or Canoeing
Surrounded by gorgeous mountain peaks, Lake Dillon is a great place to spend the day on the crystal clear water. Paddle your way alongside the shore and you'll be graced with sightings of birds and wildlife.
Hop in a boat from Frisco or Dillon, or take a drive to a more scenic and remote boat ramp.
For those looking for a true adventure, take a canoe or kayak trip down one of Summit County's moving waterways. In addition to some of the world's best whitewater, there are several sections of the Blue River that are perfect for beginning boaters!
The Blue River runs through the heart of Colorado's Gorge Range and Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. Running from 9,000 feet on down, kayaking or canoeing on the Blue River is one of the best ways to enjoy Colorado's alpine scenery.
The upper section starts at the town of Blue River and is filled with progressively more difficult rapids. The lower section starts at the dam at Green Mountain Reservoir. It is mostly class III and runs through an impressive canyon.
Be sure to check water levels before you decide to go.
Near Breckenridge, a man-made play park provides easy access to kayaking fun. Running over 1800 ft. in length, the 15 water features will keep any paddler entertained for days on end.
Beginner kayakers can try to surf some of the easier waves, or they can just gawk at the amazing skills of the pros. Advanced paddlers will enjoy showing off and trying new tricks!
As if there weren't enough options located right in the heart of Summit County, the world famous Arkansas River is a short drive away. Don't miss the opportunity to try your skill on this kayaking mecca.
Rentals and Fees
For paddling on the lake, rentals are available at the marinas in Frisco and Dillon.
For the whitewater adventurers, there are rental companies located in Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne and other towns of the area.
Hire a Guide
Guiding companies will arrange for everything needed for a great adventure. They will provide transport of people and gear both to and from the location. In addition to being there for safety, they will give hints and tips to paddlers of all skill levels.
Don't forget to hire a kayak photographer to take pictures and videos for a souvenir!