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LAND-LOCKED BOATING: FINDING WATER IN SUMMIT COUNTY, COLORADO

 

As a child growing up in the Midwest, I always associated “boating” with inland seas like the Great Lakes. I saw yachts and catamarans on the Gulf of Mexico with my grandmother and sweet little 3-man sail boats like huge dragonflies on the dozens of lakes around my home. I didn’t expect to do anymore summer boating once we got to Summit County, Colorado. The mountains were amazing, but who would ever thing about gliding across a lake in the land of skiing and rock climbing?

As it happens, my neighbor had a few things to teach me on the subject. People go boating in Frisco, just off the banks of Lake Dillon, as often as they go hiking or fishing in the summer. Breckenridge boatingis an actual marina here, with enough masts and motors to please even my aquatic family.

There are many sorts of boating available on Lake Dillon, as well. You can rent 22 foot sailboats that require an exam before the adventure company will let you out on the water. These beauties are great for the experienced sailor, hence the exam. If you are new to boating in Summit County, or anywhere else, you can take lessons in a little 13 foot Sunfish sailboat. These sweet little boats are great for 2 adults, so if you are planning a romantic adventure there is no better choice.

For those who are interested in a Breckenridge Summit County boating experience that will give them a rush and feed their addiction for speed, try a trimaran. These are sailboats with large sails, three hulls, and very little drag on the water. That means they are quicker that a traditional sailboat and very stable at the same time. They usually seat 2 or 4 people and if you aren’t up to handling such a magnificent boat, there are guides who would be happy to show you the way.

If you are in search of a more sedate boating experience, Frisco Bay offers several paddle boat and canoe rental facilities. Yes that counts as boating! Don’t be silly. Peddling or paddling around the craggy shore of this mountain lake will give you plenty of time to take in the sights. This is boating for photographers, children, and people who want to be able to “pull over” to explore the shore.

What’s wrong? Does this still sound like more effort that you hake in mind for your boating trip? Well if we step it back another notch there is always the option of pontoon boating out of Dillon Marina. Pontoon cruises are leisurely, quiet, entertaining and mellow. Pontoon boats are excellent bases for fishing, swimming, and drinking. They are certainly the most social boat you will find on any lake, with the affectionate nickname “party barge.” Don’t be surprised to see pontoons and house boats floating near each other, with music blaring and a host of swimmers, and jet skiers making frequent stops.

Have we put the adrenaline junkies to sleep? I suppose this would be a good time to mention that near Lake Dillon you will find an entirely different kind of boating. You can book a real boating adventure on the Blue River that will leave you glad to be alive and shivering with exhausting or cold. If that sounds good (instead of terrifying) then you will probably love a chance to go whitewater rafting or kayaking. They are sports of their own, of course, but they deserve credit as the wild boating sports they are.

So now you know. If you are resisting a trip to glorious Summit County because you won’t be able to indulge in a bit of sailing, you are sorely mistaken. This is boating on top of the world!

 

 

 

 

 

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