No summer vacation would be complete without taking a brisk swim in one of Summit County's many alpine lakes and streams, so bring out that swimsuit you've had packed away all winter!
- Bring your suit because the summer days get hot and taking a dip will cool you off.
- Get out into nature by going up to an alpine lake for a swim in the cold mountain water.
- Lay out and sunbath while your kids enjoy the challenge and thrill of the cold snowmelt.
What better way to cool off on a hot summer day than a swim? Between the lakes, streams, reservoirs and swimming pools, there's plenty of ways to get wet.
Just remember to wear sunscreen, because the summer sun is strong in the mountains!
Where to go Swimming
Lake Dillon / Green Mountain Reservoir
Rent a boat to have a picnic or barbeque in the middle of the lake. Kids and adults will be jumping in to beat the heat and have a splash around.
Bring a wetsuit and snorkel to check out the underwater ecosystem. There's a lot of interesting activity going on around the shorelines in the summer.
Swimming in an alpine lake is a great experience. This hike up to 11,079 ft. gets the blood pumping and the sweat flowing, so when you get to the water, the coldness is simply refreshing and delightful. While you're cooling down, make sure to take a look at the Gore Range, Ten Mile Range, and Copper Mountain.
Wheeler Lake is a three mile hike from exit 196 of I-70.
Silverthorne and Breckenridge both have swimming pools available to the public. Lanes are available to do laps, or just splash around with the kids in the play area. Visit the Silverthorne Recreation Center Website or the Breckenridge Recreation Website for more information.
Rentals and Fees
- Daily Pass to the Breckenridge Pool
Adult (18-59) $15
Youth (3-17) $7.50
Senior (60 ) $12
- Daily Pass to the Silverthorne Pool
Adults (18-59) - $12
Youth (12-17) - $7
Children (4-11) - $6
Senior (60 ) - $10
Boats are available for rent at the marinas on Lake Dillon and in Heeney. Wet suits and snorkels are also available.
Hire a Guide
Kids and adults can take swimming lessons at the recreation centers. There are classes for all age groups.