Summertime and the livin’s easy. Temperatures are on the rise and so are outdoor activities. In Summit County, locals and visitors head outside to catch rays of Vitamin D, hike in the Rocky Mountains or cool off with a day out on the water.
Marvel at the morning sunrise with a SUP session out on Lake Dillon or wind down in the evening while enjoying a cold one from a boat as the sun sets behind the Gore Range.
Lake Dillon, also known as Dillon Reservoir is the epicenter for water activities in Summit County. While water-contact sports like swimming or scuba diving are strictly prohibited, a plethora of other activities beckon lake-goers every day.
Find people of all ages floating, motoring, paddling and rowing all hours of the day in this water-sports heaven. You too can live life like a local this summer in Summit County with these top 5 water activities.
Highest Sailing in the United States
Novice, intermediate or expert, any type of sailor can navigate on Lake Dillon! Notorious for calm, glassy waters in the morning, sailing is a breeze.
Start your day off right with a sailing tour, lesson or rental from either the Frisco Bay Marina or the Dillon Marina. Typical sailboats have capacity ranging from 5 to 8 passengers, which makes sailing an all-day activity or an outing fit for the whole family. Lake Dillon boasts over 3,200 acres of water surface, guaranteeing you’ll have plenty of wide open space to yourself.
Perhaps you’ll take a liking to the sport so much, you’ll want to join the nation’s highest sailing club, The Dillon Yacht Club. The yacht club hosts the world’s highest annual regatta, a sporting event consisting of a series of boat or yacht races. The regatta is open to all interested sailors and is typically held in the late summer months.
Stand Up Paddleboarding
“SUP-ing” otherwise known as stand up paddle boarding, is growing in popularity around the world, especially in Colorado. SUP is a stealthy full-body workout, activating almost every muscle in your body as you balance and paddle.
Distance SUP will strengthen cardiovascular abilities while an activity like SUP yoga will focus more on overall strength and toning. It’s common to see paddle boards strapped to the tops of SUV’s or sticking out of the back of trucks during the summer months. The lakes in
Summit County beckons paddle-boarders of all ages and skill levels. You can even find fido riding along on a paddle-board adventure, taking in the views and providing company.
Maggie Pond in Breckenridge is another popular spot for SUPing, with plenty of rental shops nearby to outfit your adventure. If SUP yoga piques your interest, try taking a class on the pond with the local Meta Yoga Studio.
Do you know the main difference between kayaking and canoeing? The cousin activities and gear are quite similar in function and use, kayaks are much lower to the water and often have a closed deck, which protects kayakers from water entering on the top.
The traditional use of original kayaks was for stealthy fishing and hunting. Today, kayakers head out for a spin to relax, work out, or adventure in beautiful destinations. In Summit County, Lake Dillon is a kayaker’s dream.
Panoramic views, perfect temperatures, and a great lakeside bar to meet up and share stories of your day on the water with some refreshing libations. Spray on the SPF, grab a life vest and get out there!
Similar to kayaking, canoeing requires manual paddling, but with a single-bladed paddle. Most paddlers head out early in the day to catch the calm, peaceful, and reflective morning hours on a lake or pond.
Canoeing is the perfect activity on Lake Dillon where you can pause, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and wonder at the high alpine terrain.
Surrounded in all directions by mountain ranges and a few fourteeners, canoeing on Lake Dillon is the perfect escape and great alternative to high impact mountain activities like hiking or biking.
If you’ve got the need for a little speed, rent a fishing boat or pontoon boat from the Frisco Bay Marina. Nothing beats the heat of summer like zipping around on the water’s surface, fresh mountain air blowing through your hair with friends and family by your side.
Some rental boats can hold up to 14 people, guaranteeing a great time out on the water! Join up with other pontoon boats for an exclusive floating party or bring a picnic and stop off at one of the many islands scattered throughout Lake Dillon.
If you are an angler, you can drop a line over the boat’s edge. Lake Dillon is home to a variety of fish including Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee Salmon and Arctic Char.
Other Water Activities
There is no doubt that Summit County and the surrounding areas are the ultimate summer playground with plenty of navigable waters. Whitewater rafting and whitewater kayaking are also two popular water sports in Colorado, with destinations near Summit County so you can head out for a high-adrenaline adventure.
A common antic you will hear from many long-time residents is, “I came for the winter and stayed because of the summers,” and we hope you will too!
We’re Here to Help
Whether you’re looking to purchase here or put your home on the market, your local brokers at Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties are the industry experts, who also like to have a little summer fun too! Reach out to us today for assistance with all your real estate needs.
By Coldwell Banker