“The pride and joy of Summit County” as some call it, the Dillon Reservoir is the seventh largest body of water in the state of Colorado. Located on the north side of the Dillon Reservoir, the town of Dillon has moved numerous times since it was first established in 1859. The town came to be when gold was discovered at the headwaters of the Blue River. The Dillon Dam and Reservoir we see today was only finished in the early 1960s and was created to provide freshwater to parts of the Denver area. This man made lake provides water to hundreds of thousands of people and entertainment to Summit County residents and visitors each day.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Dillon, stop by the original schoolhouse of Dillon which is now a museum run by the Summit Historical Society. If you’re visiting Summit County during the winter, ice fishing and cross country skiing are commonly enjoyed activities on the lake. The reservoir is stocked yearly with rainbow trout by the Colorado Division of Wildlife; what’s better than a tasty, fresh catch for dinner! If a morning of sailing sounds like your Summit County adventure, the marina rents out different types of boats to take in the views from the lake. Find the link below to make a reservation. 

Looking to get out on your two wheels? Try riding the 18 mile bike path around the lake to see the best of Summit County views from every angle, including Sapphire Point. My favorite way to enjoy the lake is the dozens of trails that offer views near and far of the lake, especially the Dillon Nature Preserve. Tenderfoot Mountain also provides gorgeous views of the lake and Ten Mile Range from above and is an easy-medium level hike. If you’re looking to meet local food and craft vendors, visit the Dillon Farmers Market! Is a day on the lake just not enough for you? The Dillon Amphitheater located next to the marina plays evening shows all summer long. Bringing in artists from around the country, there’s sure to be a show to fit everyone’s musical tastes. 


After a day of gorgeous sights and thrilling adventures, happy hour at a Summit County local restaurant will be well deserved. Try Pug Ryan’s Tiki Bar at the Dillon Marina, featuring a small menu for a quick snack and a variety of Pug Ryan’s Brewery beers on tap right on the water. The historical Arapahoe Cafe & Pub and Lili’s Bistro are great options for a full meal after a long day of activities. Hungry for Mexican food? Try Tacos Tequila Bar & Grill and take a few Mexican pastries with you for the road. There are lots of options nearby along Highway 6.

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With plenty of options in mind, what’s keeping you from a trip to Summit County to experience all that Dillon Reservoir has to offer? You may end up loving the area so much, you’ll never want to leave! Looking to book a boat at the Dillon Marina? Find boat availability here. Hoping to see a show on the water? Find tickets here. The Dillon Farmers Market is every Friday from 9am-2pm through September 18th at the Dillon Marina. Be sure to include the Dillon Marina area on your next Summit County adventure!

How to Get There? Drive west on Interstate-70 from Denver. Take exit 205. Head east on US-6. Turn right on Lake Dillon Drive.