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Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area





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General 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.

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.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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



Related Activities
Dillon Marina - This privately owned and operated marina is located on Dillon Reservoir in the town of Dillon.

Frisco Marina - This privately owned and operated marina on Dillon Reservoir is located in the town of Frisco.

Heaton Bay Campground - Heaton Bay Campground has 72 sites. It is located between Dillon and Frisco on Dillon reservoir. Heaton Bay has one handicapped accessible site.

Heaton Bay Picnic Ground - This picnic ground sits along Dillon Reservoir, just off the Dillon Dam Road, between Frisco and Dillon.

I-70 Lake Dillon Overlooks - These two scenic overlooks just off I-70 provide views of Dillon Reservoir and the surrounding mountains.

Lenawee Trail - This trail, east of Keystone receives relatively low use and provides the hiker or horseback rider with beautiful views.

Lowry Campground - Lowry Campground is located on Swan Mountain Road, between Breckenridge and Keystone, at an elevation of 9,320 feet.

Miners Creek Trail - Miners Creek trail stretches from Frisco, up along the top of the Tenmile Range, then down to Copper Mountain. It can be accessed at either end.

Mount Royal Trail - The Mount Royal Trail starts on the edge of Frisco and leads up past the old town of Masontown to the summit of Mount Royal.

Old Dillon Reservoir Trail - This short trail is located between Frisco and Dillon, and close to Heaton Bay Campground.

Peak One Campground - Peak One Campground is located along Dillon Reservoir between Frisco and Breckenridge. This campground offers numerous services and facilities.

Pine Cove Boat Launch - Pine Cove Boat Launch is located near Frisco, on the south end of Dillon Reservoir.

Pine Cove Campground - Pine Cove Campground is located along Dillon Reservoir between Frisco and Breckenridge in the Peninsula Recreation Area.

Prospector Campground - Prospector Campground is the largest on the Dillon Ranger District. It is located near Dillon Reservoir, between Breckenridge and Keystone. Prospector has one handicapped accessible site.

Sapphire Point Overlook - The Sapphire Point Overlook provides panoramic views of Dillon Reservoir and the surrounding mountains.

Sapphire Point Picnic Ground - This picnic area is located on the east side of Dillon Reservoir at the Sapphire Point Overlook.

Windy Point Group Site - Windy Point is a group campsite reservable by one group at a time. It is located along the east side of Dillon Reservoir, between Breckenridge and Keystone.



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