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.
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Sunset over Dillon Reservoir from the Penninsula Recreation Area
- 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.
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.