Lake Dillon Reservoir Colorado Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Lake Dillon

Lake Dillon is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts with activities ranging from sailing, camping and hiking in the summer to ice-fishing and snowmobiling in the winter months.

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  • Spend a day on Lake Dillon, taking your pick from the wide selection of activities available.
  • Try your luck at catching some of the 50,000 rainbow trout stocked each year.
  • Boating, sailing, yachting, canoeing and other water sports are great options.
  • Spend the night at one of the five campgrounds available.

Overview

Although the town of Dillon is a convenient location to access the surrounding ski areas of Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Breckenridge, there is a closer item to attract visitors: Lake Dillon. Also known as the Dillon Reservoir, the lake is a summer and winter playground, offering something for everyone.

The dam was constructed in 1961, which forced the town of Dillon to move above the new water line. Though on the west side of the continental divide, the reservoir now provides water to Denver through a tunnel cutting east. 

The town has adapted to its new location and has used the expanded lake to create attractions for those visiting. 

Frisco Bay Marina offers power boat, sailboat, kayak, canoe, paddle board, and row boat rentals.

Location

Lake Dillon, Colorado is by the town of Dillon, an easy 70 miles west of Denver. Dillon Marina is on Marina Drive, close to downtown Dillon.

Dillon Marina
970-468-5100

Seasons

Though open year-round, Lake Dillon, CO is at its peak during the long summer days.

Activities

Boating
The Dillon Marina has a long list of services for the visitors. Besides renting boats, storage and slips, there is a sailing school, a yacht club, and the popular summer patio of the Tiki Bar.

All boats must pass a Zebra Mussel inspection.

Fishing
Being stocked with 50,000 rainbow trout annually, the lake has become a great place to spend an afternoon fishing, whether summer or winter. Try the Blue River Inlet for ice fishing, or take a boat out in summer from Dillon Marina or Frisco Bay Marina.

A fishing license is required for those over 15 years old.

Camping
Camping is only available in the summer at one of five campgrounds: Heaton Bay, Peak One, Pine Cove, Lowry and Prospector. They are generally open from Memorial Day to early September.

Fees vary according to campground and season, so please check with the Dillon Ranger District for details.

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