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Sunset over Dillon Reservoir from the Penninsula Recreation Area
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Sunset over Dillon Reservoir from the Penninsula Recreation Area
Description - The Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area surrounds Dillon Reservoir, just south of Silverthorne. Dillon reservoir is 3,200 acres and sits at an elevation of 9,015 feet.

Attractions - There are 5 family campgrounds and 1 group campground surrounding the reservoir, with varying levels of facilities. There is a Forest Service maintained boat ramp in the Peninsula Recreation Area on the south side of the reservoir. There are 2 privately (non Forest Service) operated marinas, one in Frisco and one in Dillon. There are numerous hiking trails in the area, as well as some paved recreation paths. There is an overlook at Sapphire Point, on the southeast side of the reservoir. There are 2 developed picnic areas around the reservoir; one at Heaton Bay and one at Sapphire Point.

Recreation - The reservoir itself offers a full range of water activities including sailing, sail boarding, canoeing and fishing. The Blue River also provides excellent fishing.

Climate - Because this area is over 9,000 feet, summer high temperatures are moderate, normally reaching into the 70's, with evenings temperatures that can often dip into the 30's. Winter lows occasionally dip to minus 35 degrees, though daytime temperatures are often in the 20s and 30s. The relative humidity is quite low throughout the year. Much of the annual precipitation comes in the form of winter snow but afternoon summer thunderstorms are common. The high elevation roads and trails of this area are often not clear of snow until at least mid-July.

Location - Dillon Reservoir is located adjacent to the towns of Dillon, Silverthorne and Frisco in Summit County, about 70 miles west of Denver. From outside the area, the Dillon Reservoir is normally accessed by Interstate 70 which runs along the northwest side of the reservoir.

Directions from Silverthorne: Travel east on Highway 6, or west on I-70 to the Frisco exit, depending on which portion of the reservoir you would like to access.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 36 miles east on I-70 to the second Frisco exit (#203). Turn south on Hwy. 9 to Dillon Reservoir.

Directions from Vail: Travel 27 miles east on I-70 to the second Frisco exit (#203). Turn south on Hwy. 9 to Dillon Reservoir.

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Filed By: Rasta (Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: The area around Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area is great. I like Breckenridge and Frisco. There are several good places to eat. My favorite is Rasta Pasta in Breckenridge. Pasta with a Jamaician twist. The Rast pasta dish is pasta with Jerk chicken and is outstanding.The Mo-Bay chicken is also very good. The Breckenridge brewery is also a good place. Stop in for an Avalance beer. Best Micro-Brew in the country. Lake Dillon sucks for fishing. They do not allow float tubes on the water and fishing from the bank is difficult at best. I suggest fishing at another lake in the area like Green Mountain. Enjoy Rasta Pasta its IRIE!

Filed By: Amy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We stayed at Peak One Campground and thought it was beautiful!Even though the lake was down, Michael still spent 2 days catching fish out of Dillon Lake, and the nights were sooooo quiet and peaceful. Campground hosts Bobbie and Cleatus were very friendly and helpful and we were thankful to have the only campground with flush toilets on the lake! We are definately going back!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Peninsula Recreation area, Dillon Marina, Frisco Marina
ICON Sailing Dillon Reservoir
ICON Camping 1 group campground and 5 family campgrounds surround the reservoir
ICON Cross-country Skiing Frisco Nordic Center
ICON Fishing Dillon Reservoir
ICON Hiking & Walking Area trails
ICON Mountain Biking Area trails
ICON Canoeing Dillon Reservoir
ICON Picnicking 2 developed picnic grounds. One at Heaton Bay, and one at Sapphire Point.
ICON Road Biking Area recreation paths
ICON Snowshoeing Frisco Nordic Center, and area trails
ICON Viewing Scenery Sapphire Point Overlook
ICON Sail Boarding Dillon Reservoir

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Additional Information:
Breckenridge Area - Breckenridge is located in Summit County, Colorado, approximately 85 miles west of Denver. It sits about seven miles south of Dillon Reservoir and north of Hoosier Pass.
Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities.
Dillon Area - Dillon is located in Summit County, Colorado. Dillon is approximately 70 miles west of Denver, just west of the Eisenhower Tunnel and the Continental Divide.
Dillon Ranger District - The Dillon Ranger District includes much of Summit County, Colorado; the area surrounding Silverthorne, Dillon, and Breckenridge. The district lies along the western side of the Continental Divide.


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