Fondly referred to as Lake Dillon, the Dillon Reservoir isn't just a Denver water source (learn its history by clicking here). It's the deep-blue heart of summertime recreation in Summit County. Whether you're looking at it or floating on it, the lake is the place to be.
1. Tiki Bars
Experience Lake Dillon with a drink in your hand! (There's no better way without a boat ...)
The Lakeside Tiki Bar, found at the Dillon Marina, is open for the season daily from 11:30 a.m. to sunset. Sip on a Rum Runner or Strawberry Daiquiri while soaking up the sun and alpine scenery. To learn more: pugryans.com/tiki-bar.
The Frisco Bay Marina's Island Grill Restaurant, located on the other side of the reservoir, is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Patrons can relax on an open-air deck while enjoying craft beers and icy cocktails. To learn more: townoffrisco.com/play/frisco-bay-marina.
Photo (above): Lakeside Tiki Bar, managed by Pug Ryan's
2. Boat Tours
Frisco Bay Marina's Classic Boat Tour is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the panoramic mountain views. Guests will tour the reservoir via classic Larson powerboats. Food and drink is OK, but, sorry, no dogs! Cost is $35 per person with a two-person minimum (boats are limited to five passengers). To learn more: townoffrisco.com/play/frisco-bay-marina.
The Dillon Marina offers daytime sailing tours, sunset sailing tours, Women & Wine On the Water tours and Explore Lake Dillon Historical tours. To learn more and for pricing: townofdillon.com/marina/boat-tours.
3. Kayak or Standup Paddleboard
Looking for water activities that will also burn calories? Adventure Paddle Tours launches out of Frisco Bay Marina and offers kayak and standup paddleboarding tours. Rentals are also available. To learn more: adventurepaddletours.com.
Events On Tap
The John Denver Tribute with the John Adams Band is this Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. Located at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, it's a fundraiser for Domus Pacis Family Respite. It will also feature imagery from well-known photographer John Fielder.
The National Repertory Orchestra will perform Tall Tales on Saturday, July 20, and Mahler Symphony No. 5 on Wednesday, July 24. Both performances start at 7:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Center.
The 71st annual Burro Days is coming up in Fairplay from Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. Thousands of folks will descend on this small mountain town to celebrate burros in all their glory; don't miss the burro races and the parade!
And with that ...