Dillon Reservoir Recreation

Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee

 
Recreation within Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area is managed by the interagency Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee (DRReC). DRReC is comprised of Denver Water, Town of Dillon, Town of Frisco, Summit County Government and U.S. Forest Service, each of which either own or manage land within the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area. 

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Dillon Reservoir is owned and operated by Denver Water. The Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area (DRRA) includes the reservoir's surface and adjacent properties.

Popular recreation activities within DRRA include motorized and non-motorized boating, open water and ice fishing, cycling, snowkiting, hiking, running, walking, Nordic skiing and other passive recreational activities. Public access to the reservoir is available via two marinas, located in Frisco and Dillon, as well as six campgrounds and day-use areas on the White River National Forest.
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Permitting and Regulations

NOTICE: All event and commercial use permitting is being conducted according to local, state, and/or federal COVID-19 orders, regulations, laws, policies, and/or guidelines (collectively, "COVID-19 regulatory requirements"). It is the applicant's responsibility to understand how all COVID-19 regulatory requirements may impact their event, including restrictions on gathering sizes. Interested applicants should be prepared to provide event plans that meet all COVID-19 regulatory requirements, with the understanding that these requirements are subject to change before or at the time of the event. Applicants are also required to submit a Summit County Physical Distancing Protocol form in addition to the standard permit application. Failure to comply with current COVID-19 regulatory requirements may endanger your ability to host future events. 

Interested applicants should thoroughly review all State and Local COVID-19 regulatory requirements prior to submitting an application.

Permits are required for all special events and commercial activities occurring within the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area. During the summer months, the reservoir surface is patrolled by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office seven days a week. In the event of an emergency, CALL 911.

Contact DRReC staff for additional information and/or to obtain a permit application.

Camping and Day Use Areas

Overnight camping within the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area is only permitted in designated U.S. Forest Service campgrounds. Five designated campgrounds within or immediately adjacent to the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area include Lowery Campground, Prospector Campground, Windy Point Campground, Peak One Campground, and Heaton Bay Campground. Campground reservations can be made at Recreation.gov

In addition to campgrounds, the Forest Service manages Giberson Bay Day Use Area and Heaton Bay Picnic Area, both of which are accessible from the Dam Road. 

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Marinas and Boating

Frisco Bay Marina and Dillon Marina provide access for launching personal vessels, as well as boat rentals, SUP and kayak rentals, boat tours, slips and storage, and other marina services. In accordance with Colorado state requirements all motorized vessels and sailboats must have an Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) stamp prior to launching in Colorado waters. All motorized vessels, including those with small outboard motors, must receive an Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) inspection prior to launching. ANS inspections are available at the two marinas. Click here for more information and guidance on Colorado ANS requirements.

Non-motorized vessels, such as SUPs, kayaks, and canoes may launch publicly accessible shoreline areas. Personal water craft, such as jet skis, and towed activities, such as water skiing are prohibited on Dillon Reservoir. 

Recreation

Numerous recreation opportunities exist within the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area including boating, cycling, hiking, angling, camping, Nordic skiing, and others. With the exception of specific Denver Water properties closed to the public, recreational access is available from much of the more than 26 miles of shoreline. Please refer to the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area and Recreation maps for additional information. The towns of Frisco and Dillon also provide recreational access information from the shoreline areas they manage.

Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee Grant Program

The Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee Grant Program is designed to provide funding to Local Governments, and State and Federal Agencies that manage land within the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area. The DRReC Grant Program aims to support infrastructure improvement and planning projects that also support DRReC’s core mission:

Protect, preserve and manage recreational lands and waters for the benefit and enjoyment of Summit County citizens and visitors to the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Area.

Click here for the DRReC Grant Application and Instructions

Additional Resources


More information can be found on Denver Water's website. Staffing for Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee is provided by Summit County Government. Law enforcement and pubic safety oversight is provided by the Summit County Sheriff's Office.